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March 2019
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Headquarters:
Bay County Public Library
850-522-2100

Panama City Beach
850-233-5055

Parker Public Library
850-871-3092

Corinne Costin
Gibson Memorial Library
Port St. Joe
850-229-8879

Charles Whitehead
Public Library
Wewahitchka
850-639-2419

Harrell Memorial
Public Library
Bristol
850-643-2247

Jimmy Weaver
Memorial Library
Hosford
850-379-3300

Featured Items 
 
 
Figuring
by Maria Popova

Genius is local, governed by the protective spirit of a place, embedded, nurtured by circumstances and moments that are random, uncalculated, errant, only later observed as fateful. Maria Popova gives us the lives of five American women--the astronomer Maria Mitchell, the feminist Margaret Fuller, the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, the poet Emily Dickinson, and the marine biologist Rachel Carson--who come to be possessed by genius, find original directions to pursue. Figuring traces the hesitant, uncertain arcs of their influences and self-encounters as they coalesce into something previously un-imagined, their aspirations unfold in the completeness of being.
 
The Source of Self-Regard
by Toni Morrison

In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, goodness in the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work.
 
The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson's life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London's most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations--a search for the truth that threatens to consume him...
 
The Wedding Guest
by Jonathan Kellerman

Psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis dig into a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.
In the middle of a "Saints and Sinners" themed wedding, a bridesmaid finds a young woman's dead body in the restroom. None of the wedding guests claim to know the well-dressed victim--but Delaware and Sturgis aren't so convinced.
   
The Shortest Way Home
by Miriam Parker
 
Hannah is finally about to have everything she ever wanted. With a high-paying job, a Manhattan apartment, and a boyfriend about to propose, all she and Ethan have to do is make it through the last couple of weeks of grad school. But when, on a romantic weekend trip to Sonoma, Hannah is spontaneously offered a marketing job at a family-run winery and doesn't immediately refuse, their meticulously planned forever threatens to come crashing down.
 

Devotions
by Mary Oliver
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. 

 

Parkland
by Dave Cullen
 
On the first anniversary of the events at Parkland, the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders-inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.
   
Team of Vipers
by Cliff Sims
After standing at Donald Trump's side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the President and Director of White House Message Strategy. Team of Vipers offers a first-hand account of the author's time in the Trump White House, discussing the infighting and leaking he witnessed first-hand and his role in the president's successes and disasters.

   
An Anonymous Girl
by Greer Hendricks
 
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she'll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she's thinking...and what she's hiding.
   
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
 by David Treuer
The author of astute, heartfelt fiction, including the multi-best-booked The Translation of Dr Apelles, Ojibwe author Treuer uses his anthropological training to offer a new view of the Native experience. Treuer argues that the adversity Natives have faced since the late 1800's has in fact led to a rebirth of culture and identity, firming up resistance and connecting different peoples across the continent.

   
The Chef
 by James Patterson
In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty--as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local. As crowds of revelers gather, Rooney follows a fearsome trail of clues. He has no idea what-or who-he'll face in defense of his beloved hometown, only that innocent lives are at stake.

   
Inheritance
 by Dani Shapiro
What makes us who we are? 
In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. Timely and unforgettable, Dani Shapiro's memoir is a gripping, gut-wrenching exploration of genealogy, paternity, and love.
   
An the Wolf's Table
 by Rosella Postorino
Germany, 1943: Twenty-six-year-old Rosa Sauer's parents are gone, and her husband Gregor is far away, fighting on the front lines of World War II. Impoverished and alone, she makes the fateful decision to leave war-torn Berlin to live with her in-laws in the countryside, thinking she'll find refuge there. But one morning, the SS come to tell her she has been conscripted to be one of Hitler's tasters: three times a day, she and nine other women go to his secret headquarters, the Wolf's Lair, to eat his meals before he does. As secrets and resentments grow, this unlikely sisterhood reaches its own dramatic climax, as everyone begins to wonder if they are on the wrong side of history.

   
The Crucible
 by James Rollins
In the race to save one of their own, Sigma Force must wrestle with the deepest spiritual mysteries of mankind in this mind-expanding adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, told with his trademark blend of cutting edge science, historical mystery, and pulse-pounding action. After his home is attacked and his pregnant girlfriend is kidnapped, Commander Gray Pierce and the Sigma Force confront deep spiritual mysteries tracing back to the Spanish Inquisition.


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Saving Your Family Treasures


Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, March 19th @ 6:00 p.m.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe
Thursday, March 21st @ 10:00 a.m. EST

When homes are flooded and lives upended, treasured possessions such as photos, important documents, artwork, quilts, family heirlooms, and other keepsakes become more cherished. These valued possessions may be salvageable. Preservation experts from the Smithsonian Institution will present workshops to demonstrate how to handle, dry, and clean damaged objects. The discussion will include personal safety, setting priorities, options for treatment, and how to prepare for the next disaster. For more information, contact your library branch or email the Heritage Emergency National Task Force at  HENTF@si.edu.  

FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution co-sponsor the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 58 national service organizations and federal agencies created to protect cultural heritage from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies.
Friends Presents: Matt Greene

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, March 7th @ 6:00 p.m.

Local Singer songwriter, Matt Greene, will perform at the Bay County Public Library on Thursday, March 7th at 6 p.m. His musical influences range from indie rock and punk to folk. Come out to listen to some of his original songs and covers. Free admission and no reservations required for this family-friendly, after hours concert!

The Friends Presents Concert Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. For more information about the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries, visit their website at http://www.friendsofbaycounty.org/.
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.

Comics are for Everyone: 
Celebrating Will Eisner Week 2019
Tuesday, March 5th @ 5:30 p.m.
Graphic Novel specialist, Kat Kan, will showcase the wide
variety of genres and age levels of comics, from superheroes to literary comics, for the youngest kids up to adults. 

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club: 
Women's History
Friday, March 15th @ 10:00 a.m.
Did you know that a woman patented windshield wipers in 1903? Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872 before women got the right to vote. Let's discover some of the hidden history of women during women's history month. 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.
March 5th - Egg Drop Challenge
March 19th - Lego Challenge

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.

Code Club for Kids at 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 
Stories, songs, and finger plays for instilling a love of literacy!

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (Ages: 3 - 6 years)
Mondays @ 11:30 a.m.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Storytimes
Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 
Storm Stories for Teens/Tweens
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Saturday, March 2 @ 10:30 a.m (Ages 12 - 14)
Saturday, March 2 @ 12:00 p.m. (Ages 15 - 18) 

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. The teen workshops will cover writing in addition to video diaries that can be created with Snapchat and Instagram, which most teens use on a daily basis. Program facilitated by Writer and Entrepreneur, Kerry Kathleen Heaps. 
Dick Wall
 
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Tuesday, March 12th @ 2:00 p.m. EST

Dick will spread the inspirational message of his late wife who authored the book, Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening, by discussing topics related to the book. A moving and entertaining story-teller, he touches on themes related to the book which include healing vs. curing, living and loving after loss, graciously accepting life's afflictions and living with "Plan B." He will share clips from a documentary created by his son about their family's journey. Books will be available for sale and signing. 

The ground in winter holds a thousand lovely secrets. 
Saturday Concert Series: 
FreshStart V.I.P. Ensemble


Corrine Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe
Saturday, March 16th @ 12 p.m. EST

Come join us for vision inspired praise (V.I.P.) music! This concert is free to the public. Arrive early for a good seat - seating is limited.
PBS POV Documentary Film: Reportero
Image courtesy of Quiet Pictures.

Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, March 20th @ 5:30 p.m.

Reportero follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. In Mexico, more than 50 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country's powerful drug cartels and organized crime. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced?

Following the PBS Documentary Film produced by Bernardo Ruiz will be an engaging, post-film discussion with Gulf Coast State College professor, David Fistein. The suggested reading is New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.

Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.
Bay County Public Library
Teen Programming

Pokémon GO Snapshot Feature!
Take pictures of your Pokemon in the Bay County Public Library and we'll post them throughout March on our teen Instagram! Share in Instagram private message to @bcpl_teens. Photos must be family friendly and not violate anyone's privacy.

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.

Comics are for Everyone: 
Celebrating Will Eisner Week 2019
Tuesday, March 5th @ 5:30 p.m.
Graphic Novel specialist, Kat Kan, will showcase the wide
variety of genres and age levels of comics, from superheroes to literary comics, for the youngest kids up to adults. 

Teen Tech Week
Friday, March 8th @ 4 p.m.
Experience Virtual Reality using PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift during Teen Tech Week! Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Program for teens ages 11 and up.

Anime Afternoon
Monday, March 11th @ 4 p.m.
Join us for an hour of anime episodes! Program in partnership with Funimation.

Craft & Learn: Women's History Month
Monday, March 18th @ 4 p.m.
Watch a clip of Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk and do an inspiring quotes craft!

Book Dragons
Tuesday, March 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. 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

Panama City Beach Public Library

Crash Course in Photography
Wednesday, March 13th @ 10:30 a.m.
Join Bonnie Tate-Woodby from The Light Room for a crash course in digital photography. Learn about the different camera formats, the fundamentals of exposure, tips for creative composition, and get your photography questions answered!

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

Tuesday @ 2: Introduction to Beekeeping (Part 1 & 2)
Tuesday, March 5th and 12th @ 2:00 p.m.
Local beekeeper, Mark Wolf, will introduce the basics of beekeeping and tips for a healthy hive.

Comics are for Everyone:
Celebrating Will Eisner Week 2019
Tuesday, March 5th @ 5:30 p.m.
Graphic Novel specialist, Kat Kan, will showcase the wide
variety of genres and age levels of comics, from superheroes to literary comics, for the youngest kids up to adults.

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

Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris

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

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, March 14th @ 11:30 a.m.
Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

BCPL Book Club will be held in Youth Services. 

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library

Wednesday, March 20th @ 5:30 p.m.
PBS POV Film: Reportero by Bernardo Ruiz (2012) PG
Book: New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
Guest Speaker: Gulf Coast State College Professor, David Fistein

Beyond the Lens will be held in Youth Services. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Monday, March 18th @ 10:30 a.m.
The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas J. Preston

Coffee and tea provided for Library Book Club. 
Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Color + Crafts: Introduction to Knitting
Friday, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 11th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Mountain Dulcimer Class
Friday, March 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. 

Sidewalk Stargazing @ Your Library
Thursday, March 27th  - Time to be Determined
Event time will be announced a week prior to the event on our Facebook page. If poor sky-viewing conditions are present, the event will be canceled. Program will be held outdoors.

All  Bay County Public Library  p rograms will be held in the Youth Services Programming Room unless otherwise noted.

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, March 5th and 12th @ 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

Cricut Workshop: Make Something Amazing!
Monday, March 11th @ 3:00 p.m. EST
Learn about this cutting machine and create decorations, cards, and more. Use the library Cricut to create whatever inspires you!

Dick Wall and Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening
Tuesday, March 12th @ 2:00 p.m. EST

Warm Season Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, March 28th @ 12:00 p.m. EST
Want to learn more about spring and summer garden preparation? What to plant and when? Be the envy of the neighborhood! Find out which warm season vegetable varieties will grow best in the Panhandle and learn what is needed to produce the best yield. Event is presented by Gulf County Extension Director, Ray Bodrey.

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, March 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 new titles: 

On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. Her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Will she be able to make it?  

Parkland
by Dave Cullen

On the first anniversary of the events at Parkland, the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders-inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.

Connections in Death
by J.D. Robb

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads-and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering-whose own brother, Lyle, pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle's support. Yet hours after the job offer, Lyle is found dead. Eve and Roarke investigate. 

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:
Go to www.nwrls.com
Click on Books, Etc.
Click on eBooks & eAudio
Click on OverDrive  to find books  
Need assistance with e-books and downloadable audiobooks? Just call us at 850-522-2107 or stop by your local branch.