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December 2019
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Corinne Costin
Gibson Memorial Library
Port St. Joe

Charles Whitehead
Public Library

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Public Library
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Jimmy Weaver
Memorial Library

Featured Items 

Noel Street
by Richard Paul Evans

In this new offering from "the king of Christmas fiction" (The New York Times), #1 bestselling author Richard Paul Evans shares a story of heart, loyalty, and hope as he explores the deeper meaning of the holiday season and asks what it truly means to love and forgive.
Finding Chika
by Mitch Albom

Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2019. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port Au Prince. 
The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. 
Twisted Twenty-Six
by Janet Evanovich

Grandma Mazur is a widow...again. This time her marriage lasted a whole 45 minutes. The unlucky groom was one Jimmy Rosolli, local gangster, lothario (senior division) and heart attack waiting to happen...well, the waiting's over. It's a sad day, but if she can't have Jimmy at least Grandma can have all the attention she wants as the dutiful widow. But some kinds of attention are not welcomed, particularly when Jimmy's former "business partners" are convinced that his widow is keeping the keys to their financial success for herself.
As someone who has spent an entire career finding bad guys, a set of missing keys should be no challenge for Stephanie Plum. Problem is, the facts are as twisted as a boardwalk pretzel with mustard.
by Rachel Maddow

With her trademark black humor, Rachel Maddow takes us on a journey around the globe exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russia's rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, neighbors, and the United States.  Chevron, BP and a host of other industry players get their star turn but ExxonMobil and Rex Tillerson emerge as two of the past century's most consequential corporate villains. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers.

Book of Gutsy Women
by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them--women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. 

Acid for the Children
by Flea
Iconic bassist and co-founder of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating life story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star.

The Family Upstairs
by Lisa Jewell

Orphaned as a baby, 25-year-old Libby Jones is astonished to learn that she has inherited a tumbling-down townhouse in a classy London neighborhood, a house to which street musician Clemency Thompson and her childhood friend Lucy also have connections. Now the two are heading there, ready to protect secrets.
Kiss the Girls and Make them Cry
by Mary Higgins Clark
When talented journalist Penelope "Casey" Harrison starts to research a piece about the #MeToo movement that includes an incident in her own life which she has been trying to put out of her mind for years, she does not realize that the young man who drugged and assaulted her at a fraternity house party in college is now a wealthy, powerful industrialist on the eve of a merger which will make him a billionaire--and who will do anything, even murder, to cover his tracks. 
Blue Moon
by Lee Child
 Jack Reacher is on a Greyhound bus with no particular place to go and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. 
An elderly couple have made a few well-meaning mistakes, and now they owe big money to some very bad people. One brazen move leads to another, and suddenly Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a brutal turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs.  Reacher has to stay one step ahead of the loan sharks and the assassins. It's a long shot but Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice, the kind that comes along once in a blue moon.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Wrecking Ball
 by Jeff Kinney
Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series focuses on an unexpected inheritance that gives the Heffley family a chance to make major improvements to their home. But they soon find that construction isn't all it's cracked up to be. When things get rough, will the Heffleys be able to stay, or will they be forced to move?
Final Option
 by Clive Cussler
Juan Cabrillo and his team of expert operatives return in this latest entry in Clive Cussler's Oregon Files series. Aboard the Oregon, one of the most advanced spy ships ever built, they face new challenges and nemeses as they undertake another dangerous mission.
Japanese Home Cooking
 by Sonoko Sakai
Using high-quality, seasonal ingredients in simple preparations, Sonoko Sakai offers recipes with a gentle voice and a passion for authentic Japanese cooking. Beginning with the pantry, the flavors of this cuisine are explored alongside fundamental recipes, such as dashi and pickles, and traditional techniques, like making noodles and properly cooking rice. Use these building blocks to cook an abundance of everyday recipes with dishes like Grilled Onigiri (rice balls) and Japanese Chicken Curry. This is a generous and authoritative book that will appeal to home cooks of all levels.
Ali Cross
 by James Patterson
Ali Cross has always looked up to his father, former detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. While solving some of the nation's most challenging crimes, his father always kept his head and did the right thing. Can Ali have the same strength and resolve? When Ali's best friend Abraham is reported missing, Ali is desperate to find him. At the same time, a string of burglaries targets his neighborhood. With his father on trial for a crime he didn't commit, it's up to Ali to search for clues and find his friend. But being a kid sleuth isn't easy and Ali soon learns that clues aren't always what they seem. Will his detective work lead to a break in Abraham's case or cause even more trouble for the Cross family?
The Second Sleep
 by Robert Harris
The Second Sleep is a suspenseful thriller set in 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artifacts,coins, fragments of glass, human bones, which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes--about himself, his faith, and the history of his world--will be tested to destruction.
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Celebrate the Holidays at the Library

Bay County Public Library
Library Family Christmas
Tuesday, December 17th @ 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a special visit with Santa, Christmas stories, make a craft and listen to Christmas music featuring the library's Youths and Ukes group! Please bring your cameras for a photo with Santa. Refreshments provided by the Gulf Coast Woman's Club. 

Bay County Public Library
Dulcimer Christmas Concert
Friday, December 20th 
2:30 p.m. in the Youth Services department
3:30 p.m. in the Adult Services department

The Eleventh Street Dulcimers will perform a few Christmas songs on the mountain dulcimer. There will be two mini concerts in the library. Light holiday refreshments will be provided. Everyone is invited!
Pete the Cat at the Library

Pete is the groovy blue cat who likes movin', groovin', and schoolin'. No matter where he goes, Pete the Cat always keeps his cool. Meet the star character of the Pete the Cat series by James and Kim Dean at your library. 

Bay County Public Library
Storytime with Pete the Cat
Wednesday, December 4th at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for stories and visit with our special guest, Pete the Cat! And bring your camera for a photo opportunity with Pete the Cat!

Parker Public Library
Grand Reopening
Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Bay County Chamber and the City of Parker for the newly renovated Parker Public Library. Light refreshments, live music by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews, storytelling, and visit with Pete the Cat!
Youth  Classes @ Your Library
Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.
No class on December 24th and 31st.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
No class on December 24th and 31st.
Read, Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 years) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.
No class on December 26th. 
Wondrous Wednesdays (Ages 8 and up)  
Join us for some after-school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fun!
Learn to Sew a Christmas Stocking
Wednesday, December 11th @ 4 p.m.
Registration required. Limited to 10 students. Visit the Youth Services department or call 850-522-2118.
Anime Afternoon: Kiki's Delivery Service 
Monday, December 16th @ 4:00 p.m.
Join us for popcorn and movie viewing of Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service (1989, Rated G). Program for families and teens.  
Library Family Christmas 
Tuesday, December 17th @ 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy Christmas stories, songs, and a visit from Old Saint Nick. Please bring your camera for a photo with Santa. Refreshments provided by the Gulf Coast Woman's Club.  
Budding Bookworms at the Charles Whitehead Public Library

Panama City Beach Public Library 
Book Babies (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays@ 10:00 a.m. with Free Play at 10:30 a.m.
No class on December 24th and 31st.

Sail Into School (3-4 years with caregiver) 
Thursdays@ 9:30 a.m. 
No class on December 26th.
Let's get ready for school! Learn your ABC's, 1, 2, 3's, and the world around us.  
Beach Kids (ages 5 and up) 
Registration required due to limited class size. Sign-up sheets will be at the circulation desk two weeks in advance. 
Lego Day 
Tuesday, December 3rd @ 3:30 p.m.
Help solve mechanical mysteries with Legos.  
Stop Animation Day 
Tuesday, December 17th @ 3:30 p.m.
Learn about filmmaking, lighting, and storyboards. We'll end the class by making our own movies! 

Code Club for Kids (Ages 8 - 14)
Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
No class on December 26th.    
Learn how to make apps, games, and websites. 
This program is made possible through a grant from the 
Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by 
the North Dakota State Library in partnership with Prenda 
and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries. 
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday Tales (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m. EST
No class on December 24th.  
Stories, songs, and finger plays for instilling a love of literacy. Social time with free play follows the stories.
Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 
Budding Bookworms (Ages 3 - 5)
Mondays @ 11:30 a.m.
Come and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.
Winter Wonderland (Ages 6 and up)
Friday, December 13th @ 3:30 p.m.
Join us for winter themed books, games, and crafts.  

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. EST
Bay County Public Library
Teen Programming 
For preteens and teens ages 11 and up.
Book Dragons
Tuesday, December 10th @ 4:00 p.m.
We're a book club! Join us for book talks, crafts, and snacks. No assigned book, just share what you've read and enjoyed! 
Anime Afternoon: Kiki's Delivery Service  
Monday, December 16th @4:00 p.m.
Join us for popcorn and a movie viewing of Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service (1989, Rated G). Program for families and teens.  
Teen Art Club 
Wednesday, December 18th @4:00 p.m.
Relax with art at the library! Make a featured art activity or be creative with provided art supplies. Everyone is welcome to bring their own projects as well!
Teen Program snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 
Parker Public Library GRAND REOPENING!

Parker Public Library
Thursday, December 5th @ 10:00 a.m.

Join the Bay County Chamber and the City of Parker for the Grand Reopening of the newly renovated Parker Public Library ( 4710 E. Second Street, Parker). Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by light refreshments, live music by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews and storytelling. Favorite children's book character, Pete the Cat, will also be making an appearance!
Book Clubs
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, December 4th @ 10:30 a.m.
The Shoemaker's Wife
by Adriana Trigiani 

The Beach Book Club meets the  1st Wednesday of each month. 

Book Club Meeting
Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Monday, December 9th @ 11:00 a.m.

We hope you join us for our first Library Book Club meeting.  Bring book suggestions!  

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, December 12th @ 11:30 a.m.
Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich

BCPL Book Club will be held in the Youth Services program room. 
Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Library Book Club will resume in January.
Friends Presents Concert: Ashesh Dangol

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m.  

Program is a family-friendly, afterhours library concert series. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Ashesh Dangol is known as the Himalayan Hendrix hailed by the German and Norwegian press. Ashesh has 5 studio albums and has toured in 11 different countries with his music. His songs are based in his life experiences. Ashesh lives by a very rich music philosophy "Samadhi, learning, loving, and then sharing with others." 
Library Closures and Hour Updates
All Northwest Regional Library System locations will be closed on the following dates.

Tuesday, December  24th
Wednesday, December 25th 
* Libraries will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 23rd. 

Updated Hours for Bay County Public Library 
Monday - Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:oo p.m.
Thursday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Classes @ Your Library:

Bay County Public Library

Holiday Blues
Monday, December 2nd @ 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to manage depression and loneliness this holiday season with Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Beverly Brown. 

Hola! Beginner Spanish Class
Tuesday, December 3rd @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Learn basic conversational Spanish at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Polar Bear Ornaments
Wednesday, December 4th @ 2:00 p.m.
Make a no-sew Polar Bear Ornament as a gift or for yourself. 

Pens & Needles
Friday, December 6th @ 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
First Fridays of the month. Learn to knit, bring projects you're already working on, or relax and color. Coloring supplies provided, some knitting supplies available.

VR VRiday 
Friday, December 6th @ 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Experience Virtual Reality using PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. Ages 13 & under must be with a parent. Contact the Reference Desk to make a reservation or to learn about the VR experiences available, 850-522-2107. 

Ukulele Social Club
Saturday, December 7th @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome! The first part of the class is for beginner basics. The second part is for jammin'! We will have a few loaner instruments available, but you are encouraged to bring your own. 

What's New at the VA?
Monday, December 9th @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn about the basics of the VA claims process and new
changes to both Health Care and Benefits for Veterans. Veterans Service officers will be on site to answer questions and assist.

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, December 9th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Sidewalk Stargazing
Wednesday, December 18th @ 6:00 p.m.
We will meet outside of the Bay County Public Library. Dress appropriately for an outdoor program. Bring binoculars or a personal telescope if you can. If poor sky-viewing conditions are present, the event will be canceled. Follow the event on Facebook for more up-to-date information. All ages welcome. 

English as a Second Language Classes
For English as a Second Language and Citizenship class schedules, please visit the Bay County Public Library Front Desk or call 850-522-2100.

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
Fridays @ 10 a.m.
Bring your needlework crafts to work on at the library. Sea Needles meets every Friday at 10 a.m.

Writing in the Sand Writing Group (Ages 15 and up)
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m.
No class on December 24th.
Join us for creative exercises, literature discussions, and writing workshops! No registration required. 

Learn and Play Mah-Jongg
Wednesdays @ 1:00 p.m.
No class on December 25th. 
Come and learn to play American Mah-Jongg, a classic game
that takes only a few hours to learn and provides a lifetime of
fun. This adult class will begin with lessons and will move on to
weekly play. Players of all skill levels are welcome.

English as a Second Language Classes
Mondays @ 3:00 p.m. Basic Conversation
Wednesdays @ 3:30 p.m. Intermediate Conversation
Fridays @ 1:00 p.m. Intermediate English

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe

Seaside Stitchers
Saturdays @ 12:30 p.m. EST
Bring your knit, crochet, or needlework projects!

Fourth Quarter: History of Sports in Port St. Joe
Tuesday, December 3rd @ 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
Presenters are Kesley Colbert and professional baseball player, Roman Quinn. If you have a question you would like to ask Roman, email us at This event is a collaboration with the TDC's Holidays on the Half Shell.

Genealogy Lock-In
Friday, December 6th @ 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST
Explore your ancestry with helpful hints, guidance, access to Ancestry, and free printing. Door prizes! Space is limited. Register by calling 850-229-8879.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Library Relaxation Zone
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 
@ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Library closed on December 24th. 
Coloring and drawing supplies are always available to
create art. Or join the fun of helping put together a puzzle!

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Craft Day
Thursdays @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Bring your favorite craft or learn something new!

Family Game Nights: Bingo
Monday, December 9th at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 2nd Monday of the month we play Bingo. 

Sidewalk Stargazing: Geminids Meteor Shower
Saturday, December 14th @ 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. EST
We will be observing the Geminids Meteor Shower at the Hosford Sports Complex! Dress appropriately, bring a blanket or reclining chair for this outdoor program. If poor sky conditions are present, the event will be canceled. Follow the event on Facebook for updates. All ages welcome. For more information, contact the library at 850-379-3300.

Hosford Quilting Class
Learn how to quilt. Class meets one Saturday a month at
12:00 p.m. Contact library at 850-379-3300 for exact class
This project was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services .
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

We recently added new items to our digital collection. Here are a few of our new titles: 

The 19th Christmas
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women's Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner's office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco. Then a fearsome criminal known only as "Loman" seizes control of the headlines. He is planning a deadly surprise for Christmas morning. And he has commissioned dozens of criminal colleagues to take actions that will mask his plans. All that Lindsay and the SFPD can figure out is that Loman's greed - for riches, for bloodshed, for attention - is limitless.

Over the Top
by  Jonathan Van Ness

Who gave Jonathan Van Ness permission to be the radiant human he is today? No one, honey.
The truth is, it hasn't always been gorgeous for this beacon of positivity and joy. Before he stole our hearts as the grooming and self-care expert on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan was growing up in a small Midwestern town that didn't understand why he was so . . . over the top. From choreographed carpet figure skating routines to the unavoidable fact that he was Just. So. Gay., Jonathan was an easy target and endured years of judgement, ridicule and trauma-yet none of it crushed his uniquely effervescent spirit. Over the Top uncovers the pain and passion it took to end up becoming the model of self-love and acceptance that Jonathan is today. 

Chilka's Journey
by Heather Morris

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival. When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp. Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

You can check out e-books and downloadable audiobooks for free from your library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Forgot your PIN? Just give us a call at 850-522-2100 or stop by your local branch and we'll set one up for you.

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Need assistance with e-books and downloadable audiobooks? Just call us at 850-522-2107 or stop by your local branch.