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March  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 

Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard
by Douglas Tallamy

 Nature's Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it's practical, effective, and easy--you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard.If you're concerned about doing something good for the environment, Nature's Best Hope is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife for future generations. 
A Long Petal 
of the Sea
by Isabel Allende

In the late 1930s, civil war gripped Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life irreversibly intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them wants, and together are sponsored by poet Pablo Neruda to embark on the SS Winnipeg along with 2,200 other refugees in search of a new life. As unlikely partners, they embrace exile and emigrate to Chile as the rest of Europe erupts in World War. 
by James Patterson and James O. Born
The city of Miami is Detective Tom Moon's back yard. 
Now, as the new leader of an FBI task force called "Operation Guardian," it's his mission to combat international crime. Moon's investigative team discovers that the opportunistic "Blood Brothers" -- Russian nationals Roman and Emile Rostoff -- have evaded authorities while building a vast, powerful, and deadly crime syndicate throughout Europe and metropolitan Miami. And as the Rostoffs zero in on a target dear to Tom, they're not playing by the rules.
When You See Me
by Lisa Gardner

FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong. What at first looks like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister...and they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed. Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers--and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others.
Until the End of Time
by Brian Greene

Until the End of Time is Brian Greene's breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe's beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality, from quantum mechanics to consciousness to black holes, Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, where we are now, and where we are headed. 

Supreme Inequality
by Adam Cohen
In the early 1960s, the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren was at the height of its power, expanding civil rights for the poor and minorities and promoting equality in dramatic ways through rulings such as Brown v Board of Education and establishing the "Miranda warning" for persons in police custody. But when Warren announced his retirement in 1968, newly elected President Richard Nixon, who had been working tirelessly behind the scenes to put a stop to what he perceived as the Court's liberal agenda. During his six years in office, he appointed four justices to the Supreme Court, thereby setting its course for the next fifty years.

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
by Christiana Figueres
In The Future We Choose, the authors outline two possible scenarios for the planet. In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris targets for carbon dioxide emission reduction. In the other, they describe what it will take to create and live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. They argue for confronting the climate crisis head on, with determination and optimism.

The Girl with the Louding Voice
by Abi Daré

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a "louding voice"--the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But her father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son. When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that her option is servitude to a wealthy family. But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can--in a whisper, in song, in broken English--until she is heard.
Golden in Death
by J.D. Robb
Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package with a golden trinket enclosed that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body and killed him. After Eve Dallas calls the hazmat team, it's time to look into Dr. Abner's past and relationships. Not every victim Eve encounters is an angel, but it seems that Abner came pretty close. While the lab tries to identify the deadly toxin, Eve hunts for the sender. But when someone else dies in the same grisly manner, it becomes clear that she's dealing with either a madman--or someone who has a hidden and elusive connection to both victims.
Crooked River
by Douglas Preston 
& Lincoln Child
 FBI Special Agent Pendergast is called to investigate dozens of human feet, identically clad in blue, that have washed up Florida beaches. Soon the case takes a complex and deadly turn... 
Trouble is What I Do
 by Walter Mosley
Leonid McGill's has built up his reputation in the New York investigative scene. His seemingly infallible instinct and inside knowledge of the crime world make him the ideal man to help when Phillip "Catfish" Worry comes knocking. Catfish is a 92-year-old Mississippi bluesman who needs Leonid's help to deliver a letter revealing the black lineage of a wealthy heiress and her corrupt father. But when a famed and feared assassin puts a hit on Catfish, Leonid has no choice but to confront the ghost of his own felonious past. Working to protect his client and his own family, Leonid must reach the heiress on the eve of her wedding before her powerful father kills those who hold their family's secret. Joined by a team of young and tough aspiring investigators, Leonid must gain the trust of wary socialites, outsmart vengeful thugs, and, above all, serve the truth -- no matter the cost. 
Open Book
 by Jessica Simpson
Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.
Why We're Polarized
 by Ezra Klein
Discover how American politics became a toxic system, why we participate in it, and what it means for our future--from journalist, political commentator, and cofounder of Vox, Ezra Klein.
Mudlark: In Search of London's Past along the River Thames
 by Lara Maiklem 
A journey through London's past, Mudlark plumbs the banks of the Thames to reveal the stories hidden behind the archaeological remnants of an ancient city. Long heralded as a city treasure herself, expert 'mudlarker' Lara Maiklem is uniquely trained in the art of seeking. Tirelessly trekking across miles of the Thames' muddy shores, where others only see the detritus of city life, Maiklem unearths evidence of England's captivating, if sometimes murky, history -- with some objects dating back to 43 AD, when London was but an outpost of the Roman Empire. From medieval mail worn by warriors on English battlefields to nineteenth-century glass marbles mass-produced for the nation's first soda bottles, Maiklem deduces the historical significance of these artifacts with the quirky enthusiasm and sharp-sightedness of a twenty-first century Sherlock Holmes.   
Naked Came the Florida Man
 by Tim Dorsey
Though another devastating hurricane is raking Florida, its awesome power can't stop the Sunshine State's most loyal son, Serge A. Storms, from his latest scenic road trip: a cemetery tour. With his best bro Colman riding shotgun, Serge hits the highway in his '69 gold Plymouth Satellite, putting pedal to the metal on a grand tour of the past. Beginning in Key West, the sunshine boys' odyssey includes a forgotten mass grave in Palm Beach county holding the remains of African Americans killed by the Great Hurricane of 1928, and the resting place of one world-famous television dolphin (RIP Flipper) from the 1960s. But a haunted old sugar field holds more than just the bones of those who've passed. For years, local children have whispered about a boogeyman hiding among the stalks. Could it be the same maniac known as Naked Florida man?
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Peter Fletcher Concert

Corrine Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe
Saturday, March 7th @ 11:00 a.m.

Renowned classical guitarist, Peter Fletcher, will perform "Music of Four Centuries" beginning with Bach in the Baroque period. Everyone is invited to this all ages classical guitar concert.  

Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries. 
Patrick Smith's Florida is A Land Remembered
Corrine Costin Gibson Library in Port St. Joe
Thursday, March 5th at 10:30 a.m.

This program is a ticketed event due to limited seating. The tickets are free and can be picked up from the library. Two tickets allowed per person. Patrick Smith's Florida is a Land Remembered Program has been generously sponsored by the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries, the Gulf County Tourist Development Council and the St. Joseph Historical Society.   Author Patrick Smith's son, Rick, presents an unforgettable show about his father and the experiences that led him to write his beloved novels, with special emphasis on his popular saga of Florida pioneers, A Land Remembered. 
Friends Presents Concert: Nikki Talley

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, March 5th @ 6:00 p.m.

Americana singer-songwriter, Nikki Talley, will be performing at the Bay County Public Library as part of the Friends Presents Concert Series. 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.
Bay County Public Library
Teen Programming 
For preteens and teens ages 11 and up.

Will Eisner Week: STEAM in Comics
Wednesday, March 4th @ 4:00 p.m.
Librarian Kat Kan will showcase graphic novels that feature STE(A)M topics - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics - in their stories, and lead participants in a STEAM activity as we celebrate Will Eisner and comics.

Teen Art Club
Wednesday, March 11th @ 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: Graphic Novels
Tuesday, March 24th @4:00 p.m.
We're a book club! No assigned books, we read by topic instead. Join us for book talks, giveaways, activities, and snacks! Snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Anime Afternoon
Monday, March 30th @4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Join us for anime episodes and Japanese culture themed
activities! We also have prize giveaways! Anime ratings vary
from G to PG-13. In partnership with Crunchyroll.
Youth  Classes @ Your Library
Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.
*No class on March 17th

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
*No class on March 17th

Read, Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 years) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.
*No class on March 19th

Read Across America Storypalooza (Families)
Monday, March 2nd @ 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Come join us for a celebration of children's books, with stories, games and book related craft projects. Refreshments provided by the Gulf Coast Woman's Club.

Will Eisner Week: STEAM in Comics (Families)
Wednesday, March 4th @ 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Librarian Kat Kan will showcase graphic novels that feature STE(A)M topics - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics - in their stories, and lead participants in a STEAM activity as we celebrate Will Eisner and comics.

Wondrous Wednesdays 
Join us for some after-school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fun!
LEGOS @ Your Library: Free Build (Ages 5 and up)
Wednesday, March 18th @ 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Program funded under the provisions of the Library
Cooperative Grant Program which is administered by the FL Dept. of State's Division of Library and Information Services.

STEAM Art Project: Make a Bee Hotel (Ages 7 and up)
Wednesday, March 25th @ 4 p.m.
Learn about bees and make a bee hotel!

Homeschool History Club (Ages 7 and up)
Alexander Hamilton
Friday, March 20th @ 10:00 a.m.
Discover more about the man who would eventually become our nation's first secretary of the United States Treasury and how his life was cut short by a duel.

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. 
Boats and Buoyancy
Tuesday, March 3rd @ 3:30 p.m.
Learn what keeps a boat afloat!
Basic Bio: The Integumentary System
Tuesday, March 17th @ 3:30 p.m.
Students will learn about the function of the Integumentary
system - that's our skin, hair, and nails - and participate in
experiments to better understand why our sense of touch
is so special.
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.

Dr. Seuss Makerspace (All Ages)
Monday, March 2nd @ 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. EST
Drop in and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with STE(A)M challenges inspired by Dr. Seuss' books!

We've Got Chemistry: Solids, Liquids, and Gases 
(Ages 3 - 7)
Saturday, March 28th @ 11:00 a.m. EST
Hands-on science activities for children ages 3 - 7.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 
Budding Bookworms (Ages 3 - 5)
Mondays @ 11:30 a.m.
Come and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.
Llama Fun  (Ages 6 and up)
Friday, March 20th @ 3:30 p.m.
Fun after school program filled with llama stories, games, and crafts! 

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. EST
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. 
Bing Futch Library Concert & Workshop

Bay County Public Library
Mountain Dulcimer Delta Blues Workshop
Saturday, March 21st @ 2:00 p.m.
2016 International Blues Challenge Finalist Bing Futch offers up this fun class on playing authentic Mississippi Delta Blues on the mountain dulcimer. Three chords and heartbeat rhythms add layer upon layer of new elements, all while strumming and playing the blues! This workshop is free, but registration is required due to limited class size. Contact Sarah Burris to reserve your spot: or 850-522-2120. Bring your dulcimer! 

Bing Futch Concert
Saturday, March 21st @ 3:30 p.m.
Free, family-friendly mountain dulcimer concert performed by award winning musician, Bing Futch. No reservations required and open to the public! Concert will be held in the Meeting Room.

Workshop and Concert generously sponsored by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrew's Gift of Music. 
Book and Film Clubs
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, March 4th  @ 10:30 a.m.
Little Fires Everywhere  by Celeste Ng 

The Beach Book Club meets the  1st Wednesday of each month. New members always welcome!
BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, March 12th @ 11:30 a.m.
Irena's Children by Tilar Mazzeo

BCPL Book Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.  New members always welcome!
The City Dark Film (2011)
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, March 10th @ 2:00 p.m.
Documentary film by Ian Cheney about light pollution and the
disappearance of darkness. Engaging post-film discussion
led by Khelsea Rantanen, Librarian and volunteer NASA
Solar System Ambassador

B Reel Movies
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, March 17th @ 5:30 p.m.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) Magnolia Pictures. Rated-R

B Reel Movies meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  New members always welcome!

PBS POV Film: The Distant Barking of Dogs
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, March 31st @ 5:30 p.m.
PBS POV film by Simon Lereng Wilmont which follows a year
in the life of a 10-year-old boy staying behind in war-torn
Eastern Ukraine with his grandmother. Engaging post-film
discussion led by Gulf Coast State College Professor, David

Hosford Book Club  
Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Monday, March 16th @ 11:00 a.m. 
Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
The Hosford Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. New members always welcome!

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Monday, March 23rd @ 10:30 a.m. 
Confession Club   by Elizabeth Berg

Library Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month. March has been moved to the 4th Monday because of Spring Break. New members always welcome!
Classes @ Your Library:
Photographing Shore Birds in Bay County with Staci Doucett

Bay County Public Library

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, March 2nd @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Tuesday @ 2: Photographing Shore Birds in Bay County
Tuesday, March 3rd @ 2:00 p.m.
Program presented by Staci Doucett (Photographer) and Bonnie
Samuelsen (Audubon's Coastal Bird Stewardship Program). 

Pens & Needles
Friday, March 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 (Ages 13 and up)
Friday, March 6th @ 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. 

Ukulele Social Club (All Ages)
Saturday, March 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.

Tuesday @ 2: The City Dark Documentary Film
Tuesday, March 10th @ 2:00 p.m.  
Learn about light pollution. 

Hola! Beginner Spanish Class
Tuesday, March 10th @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Learn basic conversational Spanish at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Celtic Mini-Concert on the Mountain Dulcimer
Friday, March 20th @ 3:30 p.m.
Learn about the mountain dulcimer and hear a few classic Celtic tunes in the Adult Services department.   

Making Literary Connections: Jayson Kretzer
Monday, March 23rd @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn how to create convincing characters with Jayson Kretzer. He has published comic books and is a writer for The Syndicate publishing group. Jayson Kretzer is the Executive Director of the Bay Arts Alliance and is a great resource for what's happening creatively in our community, including details on the Writer's Gallery meet up at the Panama City Center for the Arts.

Sidewalk Stargazing (All Ages)
Tuesday, March 24th @ 7:30 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. 

Informational Divorce Workshop
Tuesday, March 31st @ 2:00 p.m.
Program presented by Alia Adhal (Lawyer) and David Smith
(Divorce Financial Planner/CDFA®/MAFF® ).

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, March 5th and 12th @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
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.

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 @ 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Bring your knit, crochet or other stitchery and join us!

Tuesday @ 2: Tips & Tactics for Fishing St. Joe Bay with Captain Phil
Tuesday, March 3rd @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Phil shares his quick start methods for catching sea trout,
redfish, flounder and more in St. Joe Bay. Learn about
rods and reels, live and artificial bait, leaders, lines and
more. Find out where to fish and the best time to do it with
seasoned charter captain Phil Cox!

Lunch & Learn: Warm Season Turf Grass
Monday, March 9th @ 12:00 p.m.  EST
UF/IFAS extension agent Ray Bodrey will share all
you need to know to keep your lawn healthy all summer
long. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Garden Art
Saturday, March 14th @ 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Create unique garden art with repurposed ceramics and
glassware. Bird feeders, bird baths, sculptures, whatever
you want to make! Space is limited. Register by calling 850-229-8879.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Warm Season Turf Grass
Monday, March 23rd at 2 p.m. 
UF/IFAS extension agent Ray Bodrey will share all
you need to know to keep your lawn healthy all summer

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

Learn a New Craft Day: Rag Wreaths
Thursday, March 12th @ 11:00 a.m. EST

Family Game Nights: Pictionary
Monday, March 23rd @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 4th Monday of the month we play Pictionary. 

Learn a New Craft Day: Paper Beads
Thursday, March 26th @ 11:00 a.m. EST
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

New Kid
by Jerry Craft

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature! Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds-and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?. 

by  Jenny Offill

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She's become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. 

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance
by Zora Neale Hurston

In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston-the sole black student at the college-was living in New York, "desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world." During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston's world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer's voice and her contributions to America's literary traditions.

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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