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February  2020
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Bay County Public Library

Panama City Beach

Parker Public Library

Corinne Costin
Gibson Memorial Library
Port St. Joe

Charles Whitehead
Public Library

Harrell Memorial
Public Library
**Call Hosford Branch.

Jimmy Weaver
Memorial Library

Featured Items 

Dear Edward
by Ann Napolitano

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. 
Such a Fun Age
by Kiley Reid

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
Long Bright River
by Liz Moore
In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don't speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling. Then Kacey disappears, suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey's district, and Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit--and her sister--before it's too late.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David Epstein

Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world's top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. 
Boys & Sex
by Peggy Orenstein

In Boys & Sex, Peggy Orenstein dives back into the lives of young people to once again give voice to the unspoken, revealing how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy.

by Stuart Woods
Upon returning to New York City after a whirlwind British excursion, Stone Barrington is notified of a delicate situation within the country's administration. A close friend requires his expertise and subtlety to eradicate a destructive presence in a classified agency--only it soon becomes clear that this renegade was sent by a rival Stone has encountered before.
 This enemy may be equipped with unlimited resources and devious schemes, but if Stone remains vigilant, justice may finally prevail.

Moral Compass
by Danielle Steel
Saint Ambrose Prep is a place where the wealthy send their children for the best possible education. Traditionally a boys-only school, Saint Ambrose has just enrolled one hundred and forty female students for the first time. One day after the school's annual Halloween event, a student lies in the hospital, her system poisoned by dangerous levels of alcohol. Everyone in this sheltered community are left trying to figure out what actually happened. Only the handful of students who were there when she was attacked truly know the answers and they have vowed to keep one another's secrets. As details emerge, powerful families are forced to hire attorneys and less powerful families watch helplessly. Parents' marriages are jeopardized, and students' futures are impacted. No one at Saint Ambrose can escape the fallout of a life-altering event. 

The Country Guesthouse
by Robyn Carr

Hannah Russell's carefully crafted plans for her life have been upended without warning. When her best friend died suddenly, Hannah became guardian to a five-year-old named Noah. With no experience at motherhood, she's terrified she's not up to the challenge. She and Noah need time to get to know each other, so she decides to rent a country house with stunning views on a lake in rural Colorado. When they arrive at the house, they are greeted by the owner, a handsome man who promises to stay out of their way. But his clumsy Great Dane, Romeo, has other ideas and Noah immediately bonds with the lovable dog. But life throws more challenges at this unlikely trio and they are tested in ways they never thought possible. All three will discover their strengths and, despite their differences, they will fight to become a family. 
A Very Stable Genius
by Philip Rucker and 
Carol Leonnig
Rucker and Leonnig have chronicled in depth the ways President Donald Trump has reinvented the presidency in his own image, shaken foreign alliances and tested American institutions. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump's first term for pure chaos. But Leonnig and Rucker show that in fact there is a pattern and meaning to the daily disorder. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with first-hand witnesses and rigorous original reporting, the authors reveal the 45th President up close as he stares down impeachment. 
American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
 Lydia Quixano P rez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy--two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia's husband's tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. 
Successful Aging
 by Daniel J. Levitin
Successful Aging uses research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences to show that sixty-plus years is a unique developmental stage that, like infancy or adolescence, has its own demands and distinct advantages. Levitin looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age. 
Lady Clementine
 by Marie Benedict
In 1909, Clementine steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill will save her husband. Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.
Revolution in Black and White: Photographs of the Civil Rights Era by Ernest Withers
 by Richard Cahan
Ernest C. Withers was one of the most prominent African-American photographers of the civil rights era. During the course of his work, he took thousands photographs that document the civil rights movement--from the Emmett Till trial in 1955 to the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968.  
The Tenant 
 by Katrine Engberg 
When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist--and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she's writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.  
The Power of Showing Up 
 by Daniel Siegel and  
Tina Payne Bryson 
One of the very best scientific predictors for how any child turns out--in terms of happiness, academic success, leadership skills, and meaningful relationships--is whether at least one adult in their life has consistently shown up for them. This means offering a quality of presence. And it's simple to provide once you understand the four building blocks of a child's healthy development. 
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Youth  Classes @ Your Library
Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.

Read, Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 years) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.
Wondrous Wednesdays (Ages 7 and up)  
Join us for some after-school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fun!
Create and Race a Wind Powered Car
Wednesday, February 5th @ 4 p.m.

Dash the Robot Obstacle Course
Wednesday, February 19th @ 4 p.m.
Registration required. Limited to 10 students. Visit the Youth Services department or call 850-522-2118.
Homeschool History Club (Ages 7 and up)
The American Revolution
Friday, February 14th @ 10:00 a.m.
The road to the American Revolution starting from the Peace Treaty of 1763 to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  

African Americans and the Vote (Family Program)
Tuesday, February 25th @ 6:00 p.m.
Listen to the history of African Americans and the fight for the right to vote! Performance by Michael Grady and the New Gulf Coast Choir.

Read Rock and Rhyme at the Bay County 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.

Sail Into School (3-4 years with caregiver) 
Thursdays@ 9:30 a.m. 
Let's get ready for school! Learn your ABC's, 1, 2, 3's, and the world around us.  Classes include stories and a craft.  Pepino the Reading Dog will join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  
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. 
Basic Bio: The Endocrine System
Tuesday, February 4th @ 3:30 p.m.
Learn about one of the most communicative parts of the
human body: the endocrine system. There will be games
and puzzles!
Genie in a Bottle
Tuesday, February 18th @ 3:30 p.m.
A genie in our STEAM class is making strange things
happen. Water rises and candles are extinguished with
nobody around. Learn the basics of molecular interaction!
Sail Into School at the Panama City Beach Public Library

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Tuesday Tales (0 - 3 years with caregiver)
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m. EST
Stories, songs, and finger plays for instilling a love of literacy. Social time with free play follows the stories.

Valentine's Day is For the Birds Makerspace (All Ages)
Thursday, February 13th @ 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST
Make heart-shaped treats for wild birds or a lovebird craft for your sweetheart!  

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 
Budding Bookworms (Ages 3 - 5)
Mondays @ 11:30 a.m.
Come and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.
Love Your Library  (Ages 6 and up)
Friday, February 7th @ 3:30 p.m.
Fall in love with your local library. Join us for an afternoon full
of lovely stories, games, and crafts.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. EST
Library Closures
All Northwest Regional Library System locations will be closed on the following dates.

President's Day
Monday, February 17th 
Tuesday @ 2 Programming 
Bay County Public Library
All About Coffee
Tuesday, February 4th @ 2:00 p.m.  
Program presented by Sunni Ellis, Amavida Coffee Company. 

My Journey with Alzheimer's 
Tuesday, February 11th @ 2:00 p.m.  
Program presented by Katy Mackay. 

Beginner Conversational Japanese
Tuesday, February 18th @ 2:00 p.m.  
Program presented by Veronica Coolman. No previous experience necessary. 

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue with Gulf Wold Marine Institute
Tuesday, February 25th @ 2:00 p.m.  
Program presented by Lauren Albrittain, Stranding Coordinator for Gulf World Marine Institute.  
Tuesday @ 2 Programming
Corrine Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Apalachicola River and Bay-A Connected Ecosystem
Tuesday, February 4th @ 2:00 p.m. EST 
Program presented by Gibby Conrad, Environmental Specialist and educator at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Saving an American Treasure
Tuesday, February 11th @ 2:00 p.m. EST 
Program presented by Georgia Ackerman, Executive Director at Apalachicola Riverkeeper. 

The Lost City of St. Joseph
Tuesday, February 18th @ 2:00 p.m. EST 
Program presented by Christopher N. Hunt, Archaeologist, University of South Florida.

Local Waters, Wild Places: A Musical Journey into the North Florida Wilderness
Tuesday, February 25th @ 2:00 p.m. EST 
Program presented by Sammy Tedder, Musician and Filmmaker.  
Bay County Public Library
Teen Programming 
For preteens and teens ages 11 and up.

Teen Art Club
Wednesday, February 12th @ 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!

Book Dragons 
Tuesday, February 18th @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
Monday, February 24th @4:00 p.m. 
Watch an hour of anime episodes! Anime ratings vary from G to PG-13. Program in partnership with Crunchyroll.

Teen Program snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 
Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews Concert

Corrine Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe
Saturday, February 29th @ 12:00 p.m.

Smiling is easy when you are listening to fun songs performed on the ukulele!! Everyone is invited to this all ages music concert. 
Panama City Beach Public Library 

February 1st - April 13th
Mondays and Saturdays @ 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
First come first-served. No appointments. 

No tax services on February 17th. Library will be closed for President's Day.
Book Folding Program

Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, February 12th @ 10:30 a.m.

Learn how to fold unused books into art with this program presented by library staff member, Sharron Hill. Learn how to fold a heart into a book. Supplies will be provided. For more information, call 850-233-5055.
Book and Film Clubs
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, February 5th  @ 10:30 a.m.
A Land Remembered  by Patrick Smith 

The Beach Book Club meets the  1st Wednesday of each month. New members always welcome!
BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, February 13th @ 11:30 a.m.
Summer of '69 by Elin Hildebrand 

BCPL Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.  New members always welcome!
B Reel Movies
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, February 18th @ 5:30 p.m.
Ready or Not (2019) 20th Century Fox. Rated-R

B Reel Movies meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  New members always welcome!
Hosford Book Club  
Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Tuesday, February 18th  @ 11:00 a.m. 
Watching You by Lisa Jewell (British Mystery)
The Hosford Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. February has been moved to Tuesday because the library will be closed on February 17th. New members always welcome!

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Monday, February 24th @ 10:30 a.m. 
Coming to Pass: Florida's Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change 
by Susan Cerulean

Library Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month. February has been moved to the 4th Monday because the library will be closed on February 17th. New members always welcome!
Classes @ Your Library:
January's Beginner Mountain Dulcimer Class

Bay County Public Library

Ukulele Social Club (All Ages)
Saturday, February 1st @ 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.

Pens & Needles
Friday, February 7th @ 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 (Ages 13 and up)
Friday, February 7th @ 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Experience Virtual Reality using PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. Ages 12 & 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. 

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, February 10th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Hola! Beginner Spanish Class
Tuesday, February 11th @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Learn basic conversational Spanish at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Sidewalk Stargazing (All Ages)
Wednesday, February 12th @ 6:30 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. 

Beginner Dulcimer Class
Friday, February 21st @ 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Bring your mountain dulcimer to the library for a beginner lesson and jam session. We have a few spare dulcimers if you do not have an instrument.  

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

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

Learn and Play Mah-Jongg
Wednesdays @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
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.

Characterization in Fiction Writing Workshop
Thursdays @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (January 9th - March 12th)
Learn about developing characterization and conflict in your
writing, the two main components of any work of fiction.
Classes include short lectures, class discussion, friendly
critiques, writing exercises, and composing your own work of
fiction. There will be assigned readings. All writing levels
welcome. Class limited to 20 students for the 10 week class.
While recommended to be in all classes, you can still register for later classes. Call 850-233-5055 to register. 

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.

Book Folding Program
Wednesday, February 12th @ 10:30 a.m.
Learn how to fold unused books into art with this program presented by library staff member, Sharron Hill. Learn how to fold a heart into a book. Supplies will be provided. 

Wednesday, February 19th @ 10:30 a.m.
Let's all have fun playing BINGO. We will provide the BINGO sheets and daubers. Prizes will include popular title/author books. 

English as a Second Language Classes
Mondays @ 3:00 p.m. Basic 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!

Tips for Warm Season Vegetable Gardening
Monday, February 3rd @ 12:00 p.m.  EST
Join Ray Bodrey, of the Gulf County Agricultural Extension Service, for an informative talk about warm season vegetable gardening in the Florida Panhandle. You can bring your brown bag lunch!

Tunnel Cards
Saturday, February 8th @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Try your hand at making awesome 3-D cards! Space is limited. Register by calling 850-229-8879.

Valentine's Day is For the Birds Makerspace (All Ages)
Thursday, February 13th @ 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST
Make heart-shaped treats for wild birds or a lovebird craft for your sweetheart!  

Author Talk: Kirk Jockell
Saturday, February 15th @ 11:00 a.m. EST
Kirk Jockell is a local author of the Nigel Logan Stories and the three-book series, Tales from Stool 17

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Tips for Warm Season Vegetable Gardening
Monday, February 24th at 2 p.m. 
Join Ray Bodrey, of the Gulf County Agricultural Extension Service, for an informative talk about warm season vegetable gardening in the Florida Panhandle. 

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, February 10th at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 2nd Monday of the month we play Bingo. 

Learn a New Craft Day: Button Murals
Thursday, February 13th @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Family Game Nights: Pictionary
Monday, February 24th @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 4th Monday of the month we play Pictionary. 

Learn a New Craft Day: Decoupage
Thursday, February 27th @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

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
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New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

Hunter Killer: A Pike Logan Novel
by Brad Taylor

Pike Logan and the Taskforce were once the apex predators, an unrivaled hunting machine that decimated those out to harm the United States, but they may have met their match. While Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill prepare to join their team on a counter-terrorist mission in the lawless region where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet -they are targeted in Charleston, South Carolina. A vicious explosion kills a friend, and the perpetrators have set it up to look like an accident. Pike knows the attack was meant for him. When he loses contact with the team in South America, Pike is convinced he and the Taskforce are under assault. His men are the closest thing to family that Pike has, which means he will do anything to find them. Pike and Jennifer head to Brazil to investigate their disappearance and run headlong into a crew of Russian assassins. 

Love Lettering
by  Kate Clayborn

Meg Mackworth's hand-lettering skill has made her famous, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his fiancĂ©e was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn't counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid. A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out how she knew. But with a looming deadline, Meg doesn't have time for Reid's questions-unless he can help her find her missing inspiration. As they gradually open up to each other, both try to ignore a deepening connection between them. 

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
by Adam Minter

Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want. In Secondhand, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from-our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all?

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.