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February 2019
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Gibson Memorial Library
Port St. Joe

Charles Whitehead
Public Library

Harrell Memorial
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Jimmy Weaver
Memorial Library

Featured Items 
The Only Woman in the Room 
by Marie Benedict

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis...if anyone would listen to her.
A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece.

Women Rowing North
by Mary Pipher

Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be. "If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully," Pipher writes, "we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent."
The New Iberia Blues
by James Lee Burke

Detective Dave Robicheaux first met Desmond Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director.
Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on  Cormier's door, it isn't to congratulate him on his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Robicheaux has discovered the body of a young woman who's been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle. She disappeared near Cormier's Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young deputy, Sean McClain, are looking for answers. As they wade further into the investigation, they end up in the crosshairs of the mob, the deranged Chester Wimple, and the dark ghosts Robicheaux has been running from for years. Ultimately, it's up to Robicheaux to stop them all, but he'll have to summon a light he's never seen or felt to save himself, and those he loves.
Washington Black
by Esi Edugyan

George Washington Black, an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight to a remote outpost in the Arctic. But, can their friendship last?
The First Conspiracy: the Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
by Brad Meltzer
In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York, William Tryon, and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington.

The Library Book
by Susan Orlean
On April 29, 1986, the Los Angeles Public Library went up in a blaze that would be the worst library fire in America's history, destroying more than 400,000 books. Who set the fire, and why? After moving to Los Angeles, New Yorker staff writer Orlean ( The Orchid Thief) decides to seek answers.


The Martha Manual
by Martha Stewart
From America's best known and most trusted authority on all things domestic, a fully illustrated guide on how to do everything: including organizing and decorating, cleaning and caring for your home and garden, celebrating, hosting, achieving career goals, and managing finances--and much more. 
Turning Point
by Danielle Steel
Bill Browning, Stephanie Lawrence, Wendy Jones, and Tom Wylie face a turning point in their lives after an act of mass violence erupts while they are participating in a mass-casualty training program in Paris, France.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
by Stephanie Land
Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America.
Liar Liar
 by James Patterson
Detective Harriet Blue is a good cop on the run, and now there's a price on her head. But Harriet is not the only one who's gone rogue. A known killer roams free, searching for his next victim, and leaving a grisly trail to the scene of a long-abandoned cold case.
As the police race to save one of their own, Harriet edges toward the dark side. At stake are her innocence--and her freedom. 

The Fifth Risk
 by Michael Lewis
Lewis presents a narrative account of the post-2016 election chaos that took over Washington to reveal how a small number of uninformed Trump appointees are triggering devastating world consequences.
An Easy Death
 by Charlaine Harris
Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they're at a desperate crossroad, even if they won't admit it. They're searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg's blood can save the young tsar's life.

The Enchanted Hour: the Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction
 by Meghan Cox Gerdon
A Wall Street Journal writer's conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction. A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children, whatever their class, nationality or family background. But it's not just about bedtime stories for little kids: Reading aloud consoles, uplifts and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too.

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Classical Guitarist, Peter Fletcher Concert

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe
Saturday, February 2nd @ 11:00 a.m.

Classical guitarist, Peter Fletcher, will be performing at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library as part of the Saturday Concert Series!

This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Peter Fletcher has graciously offered to share half of his CD sales with the Friends!
Denny Diamond Concert

Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, February 13th @ 10:30 a.m.

Denny Diamond & The Jewels is a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. The trio's performance is not based on sparkly shirts or concert versions of songs, but rather Neil's words and music. The songs that make up the set list are not just those songs that charted in the top 100, but encompass Neil Diamond's vast library of work.

Concert is free to attend. Come early for a good seat and bring a friend!
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 Time (Ages 3 - 5) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club: 
Fun Presidential Facts 
Friday, February 15th @ 10:00 a.m.
Learn fun fact about presidents!  Program for ages 8 and up. 

Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

Beach Kids (Ages: 5 and up) 
Class will meet every other Tuesday @ 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
Join us for a hands-on STE(A)M project. Registration Required.
February 5th - Grow Your Own Crystals
February  19th - Color Mixing with Markers and Coffee Filters

Sail into School (Ages 3 -4 years with caregiver)
Thursdays @ 9:30 a.m. 
Let's learn about colors, numbers, letters, and rhymes. We will focus on getting kids ready for kindergarten.  

Code Club for Kids (Ages 8 - 14)
Thursdays @ 3:30 p.m. 
Learn how to make apps, games, and websites while gaining skills needed for college and career readiness and life success. 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 of Rural and Small Libraries.

Terrific Tots at Bay County Public Library in January 2019

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday Tales (0 - 3 years with caregiver)
Tuesdays @ 10:30 
Stories, songs, and finger plays for instilling a love of literacy!

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (Ages: 3 - 6 years)
The programming room is currently being used as a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. We will resume Budding
Bookworms and other children's programming when we
have the space available again.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 
Storm Stories
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Saturday, February 9th @ 10:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Learn how writing and sharing your story can build resilience; take advantage of an opportunity to record your experience with an invitation to share with others.  The workshops are meant to be a healing process for our communities who have been hit so hard by this devastating storm. All are welcome to participate, listen or share according to their comfort level.

This first "Storm Stories" workshop is geared for adults. It will be led by Ellen Ryan. A popular workshop and retreat leader, Ellen has spent years encouraging adults to share memories in poetry and prose.  Teen/Tweens will meet on March 2nd for Storm Stories.
Restoring Trees & Landscapes 
after the Storm (Gulf County)
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Thursday, February 7th @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka
Thursday, February 14th @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT

Want to learn more about how to restore trees and
other landscape plants?  Please join us! Find out what varieties will better  withstand storm events and what steps can be taken for proper restoration. Event is presented by UF/IFAS  Gulf County Extension Director Ray Bodrey.
Holiday Closures

All Northwest Regional Library System branches will be closed on the following holidays.

President's Day
Monday, February 18th
Time Travelers Homeschool History Club: Fun Presidential Facts

Bay County Public Library 
Friday, February 15th @ 10:00 a.m.

Learn fun facts about presidents! Program for ages 8 and up.
For more information, contact Youth Services at 850-522-2118.
Teen Programming
Bay County Public Library

Color and Chill
Wednesdays @ 4 p.m.
Join us for coloring, drawing, and relaxing music! Program geared for teens ages 11 and up. Located in the Teen Zone.

Craft & Learn: African American History Month
Monday, February 11th @ 4 p.m.
Make paper quilts featuring famous African Americans while learning cool history facts! Program for teens ages 11 and up. 

Book Dragons
Tuesday, February 26th @ 4 p.m.
Join us for book talks and snacks in Youth Services! Please come prepared to discuss a book you've read and what you'd like to see happening for teens in your library. Program geared for teens ages 11 and up. If you are 14 and up, you can earn volunteer hours with Book Dragons.  Snacks provided by the Friends of the bay County Public Libraries. 
Adult Winter Programming

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library 
in Port St. Joe

Rum Runners & Moonshiners of Old Florida
Tuesday, February 5th @ 2:00 p.m.
Historian and author, Robert Buccellato, will present on his latest book Rum Runners and Moonshiners of Old Florida. Learn about crooked sheriffs, period cocktails, rumrunners vs. the Coast Guard, and Al Capone's visits to the Panhandle. Copies will be available for purchase.

Turtles in Gulf County
Tuesday, February 12th @ 2:00 p.m.
Gulf County is home to more sea turtles than anywhere else in Northwest Florida and they play important ecological, cultural, and economic roles in our area. Learn why sea turtles are good for us and what we can do to help them. Program led by Jessica Swindell (Volunteer Coordinator) of St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol, Florida Coastal Conservancy, and Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center. 

An Update on Re-opening the State Park
Tuesday, February 19th @ 2:00 p.m.
Hurricane Michael created two "islands" in the T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.  What is the environmental impact of the storm on the park itself and the species, many of which are endangered, who reside there? Dennis Whitley, Park Ranger, will share photos of what happened to the park and campgrounds after the storm and provide an update to park's status. Seating is first come, first serve. 

Gone with the Wind - the Hurricane of 1844
Tuesday, February 26th @ 2:00 p.m.
Up to now perhaps the most infamous storms to hit the area would be the two catastrophic hurricanes that hit the area in September of 1844--dealing the final blow to the abandoned city of Old St. Joseph.  Through his presentation, history buff Kesley Colbert will tell us about the storms and pay homage to those from our past who created the St. Joe of today from the old doomed city of the 19th Century and help us gain a better "sense of history" of our beloved community.

Panama City Beach Public Library

Bee Keeping with Mark Wolf - Part I
Wednesday, February 20 @ 10:30 a.m.
Learn all about bee keeping! 

Bee Keeping with Mark Wolf - Part II
Wednesday, February 27th @ 10:30 a.m.
Learn all about bee keeping!

AARP Tax Services
February 2nd - April 15th
Mondays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Volunteers will be on hand to help you fill out your taxes at the library.  First come, first serve so get here early!

Bay County Public Library

Positive Thinking when Life Gives Us Lemons
Tuesday, February 5th @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn about the power of positive thinking and how that keeps you healthy. Presented by Humana.
On the Western Front
Tuesday, February 12th @ 2 p.m.
Join us on a personal journey with local historian, Rich Filippi as he relates stories and recent experiences from the "War to end all Wars" (World War I) told in a multimedia, interactive discussion format.

Spoon River Anthology
Tuesday, February 19th @ 2:00 p.m. 
The St. Andrews Readers Theatre Troupe is presenting select monologues from American poet, Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology (1915). 

Seed Propagation
Tuesday, February 26th @ 2 p.m.
UF/IFAS Master Gardener, Steve Bates, will teach how to propagate new plants for a pollinator garden.

All  Bay County Public Library p rograms will be held in the Youth Services Programming Room unless the Meeting Room becomes available.
Book & Film Clubs
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday,  February 6th 
@ 10:30 a.m.

Dead Wake
by Eric Larsen

The Beach Book Club meets the 
1st Wednesday of each month. 
For more information, please call 850-233-5055.

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Program will resume in 2019.

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library
Program will resume in March.

Film Fan Club
Bay County Public Library
Program will resume in 2019. 

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Program will resume in March. 
Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Color + Crafts: Valentine's Day Cards with a Cricut
Friday, February 1st @ 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Take a 1 - hour art class, bring your own projects, and/or color! Craft and coloring supplies provided. Try our Cricut Explore Air paper cutting machine. Program open to all ages. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Panama City and the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

VR VRiday
Friday, February 1st @ 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, February 2nd @ 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.   

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, February 11th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Mountain Dulcimer Class
Friday, February 15th @ 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a mountain dulcimer class. If you don't have a dulcimer, we have a few spare instruments available for class. First part is a beginner lesson; second part jam session. Music provided. 

All  Bay County Public Library  p rograms will be held in the Youth Services Programming Room unless the Meeting Room becomes available.

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.

Novel Writing with Joleen Long
Tuesdays, February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
This class will focus on the parameters of the novel, beginnings, endings, manipulating time, subplots, characterization, point of view, and theme. While some basic knowledge of fiction writing is encouraged, students do not need any prior knowledge in order to attend the class. Class limit: 25 students, registration required. Call 850-233-5055 to register.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe

Tuesday @ 2 Programming
Tuesdays @ 2:00 p.m. EST

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

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
Monday, February 11th and 25th at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 2nd Monday of the month we play Bingo. Every 4th Monday of the month we play Pictionary. 
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

We recently added new items to our digital collection. Here are a few of our Children's and Young Adult titles: 

by Jason Reynolds

Lu was born to be co-captain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that's got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up. Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu's way-literally and not-so-literally-and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means. Expect the unexpected in this final event in Jason Reynold's award-winning and bestselling Track series.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village is now perfect for young readers. When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. 

by Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Isabella's parents are divorced, so she has to switch lives every week: One week she's Isabella with her dad, his girlfriend Anastasia, and her son Darren living in a fancy house where they are one of the only black families in the neighborhood. The next week she's Izzy with her mom and her boyfriend John-Mark in a small, not-so-fancy house that she loves. Because of this, Isabella has always felt pulled between two worlds. It seems like nothing can bring Isabella's family together again-until the worst happens. Isabella and Darren are stopped by the police. A cell phone is mistaken for a gun. And shots are fired.

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.

To access e-books and downloadable audiobooks, click here or:
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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.