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July  2020
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Featured Items 

28 Summers
by Elin Hilderbrand

 Maddie West is shaken to the core when she finds out everything she believed about her life was a lie. Her parents had always planned to tell her the truth about her past: that she was adopted as an embryo. But somehow the right moment never happened. Now, the total stranger who confronts Maddie with the truth tells her something else that rocks her world--Maddie had a sister she never knew about. Betrayed, angry, and confused, Maddie leaves her new job and fiance, rejects her family's requests for forgiveness, and moves to Portland to find out who she really is. 

Deacon King Kong
by James McBride
In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.
The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?
The Guest List
by Lucy Foley
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming television star. The bride: ambitious magazine publisher. It's a wedding for a magazine: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn't wish the happy couple well? 
by Max Brooks

As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier's eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed until now. But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town's bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing to be forgotten. In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate's extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it. Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it--and like none you've ever read before.
Fortitude: American Resilience in The Era of Outrage
by Dan Crenshaw

In 2012, on his third tour of duty, an improvised explosive device left Dan Crenshaw's right eye destroyed and his left blinded. Only through the careful hand of his surgeons  did Crenshaw's left eye recover partial vision. And yet, he persevered, completing two more deployments. Why? There are certain stories we tell ourselves about the hardships we face -- we can become paralyzed by adversity or we can adapt and overcome. We can be fragile or we can find our fortitude. Crenshaw delivers a set of lessons to help you do just that. The American spirit is unraveling. We must fix it and that solution begins with every one of us. We must lighten up, toughen up, and begin treating our fellow Americans with respect and grace. Fortitude is a no-nonsense advice book for finding the strength to deal with everything from menial daily frustrations to truly difficult challenges. 

Hood Feminism
by Mikki Kendall
Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

Daddy's Girls
by Danielle Steel

Decades ago, after the death of his wife, Texas ranch hand JT Tucker took his three small daughters to California to start a new life. With almost no money, a will of iron, and hard work, he eventually built the biggest ranch in California. But when he dies suddenly at the age of sixty-four, the ranch is inherited by his three daughters--each of them finding it impossible to believe that this larger-than-life figure is gone from their lives.
Tom Clancy: 
Firing Point
by Mike Maden
While on vacation in Barcelona, Jack Ryan, Jr. is surprised to run into an old friend at a small cafe. A first, Renee Moore seems surprised to see Jack, but then she just seems irritated and distracted. After making plans to meet later, Jack leaves only to miss the opportunity to ever speak to Renee again as the cafe is destroyed minutes later by a suicide bomber. A desperate Jack plunges back into the ruins to save his friend, but it's too late. As she dies in his arms, she utters one word, "Sammler." He discovers that his old friend had secrets of her own--and some of them may have gotten her killed.
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NWRLS is a department
Bay County

In response to COVID-19, Northwest Regional Library System locations are currently closed to the public. This is subject to change and will be updated on the NWRLS Library Website . All locations are offering Curbside Pickup Services!
If you have any questions, call the Bay County Public Library at 850-522-2100 on Monday - Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All Northwest Regional Library System Location will be CLOSED on July 4th for Independence Day. 
Summer Reading Program 2020

This year's summer programming will be virtual through our library Facebook pages. Some are pre-recorded videos that will be released on a specific date/time. Others are Zoom programs that require registration. The registration information will be available on each program's Facebook Event. 

Click to view Summer Reading Flyer.

Facebook Pages:
Make & Take Craft Kits

Select locations have Make & Take Craft Kits that can be picked up through the library's Curbside Pickup while supplies last.   

Panama City Beach Public Library 
Dream Catcher Make & Take Kit
Curbside: 850-233-5055
Monday - Friday (10 am - 4 pm), Saturday (10 am - 1 pm)
*No Curbside Services on July 4th

A Dream Catcher is the PCB Library's July Make & Take Craft.  Click to view  tutorial video to how to make your Dream Catcher with fun facts about Dream Catchers !  Craft g eared for school aged children.  Project sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation. 

Bay County Public Library
Read, Rock, and Storytime 
Make & Take Craft Kit
Curbside: 850-522-2100
Monday - Saturday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
*No Curbside Services on July 4th

Week of July 6th:  Everything is Ducky 
Week of July 13th: Lullaby and Sleep Tight

Crafts will be shared on FB and match the Read, Rock, and Storytime theme. Craft project is geared for ages 3 -5.  
VIRTUAL Youth  Programs
Imagine Your Story 
Pre-recorded programs will be released on the library Facebook Pages at the time provided.  Zoom programs require registration and the information will be available through the Facebook event page. 

Early Literacy Programs

Summer Read, Rock & Storytime (3 - 5 years) 
(Zoom Pre-Registration Required. Click link to go to register.)
Tuesday, July 7th @ 10:00 a.m. Everything is Ducky
Tuesday, July 14th @ 10:00 a.m. Lullaby and Sleep Tight

NWRLS Storytime: 
Children's Book Read Aloud Videos   (3-5 years)
Tuesday, July 14th at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, July 21st at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, July 28th at 10 a.m.

Summer Programs for School Age Children

Thursday, July 2nd @ 2 p.m.
Sandra and Tania of the Bay County Public Library share stories and songs that celebrate America: baseball, apple pie, and hot dogs! 

Fairy House Challenge (YouTube link)
Monday, July 6th @ 2 p.m.
Sarah from the Bay County Public Library teaches how to make a fairy home (or a mouse house) out of natural materials outdoors and challenges kids to build their Fairy House by sending in a video with a story or pictures to These will be shared on all NWRLS Facebook pages. 

A Taste of Fairies (YouTube Link) 
Thursday, July 9th at 2 p.m.
Several classic fairy tales are retold with a fun twist by award-winning local storyteller, Pat Nease. Program sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation. 

Animal Tales: 
Fantastic Creatures a nd Where they are Found
Thursday, July 16th at 2 p.m. 
This program will be viewable through July 22nd. The audience will discover where the Savannah Cat got her spots and the habitats the African Bullfrog need to survive. They will uncover the truths of the mystical world of dragons and examine a green iguana up close. Fears will be conquered by making friends with "Scabbers" the Norway Rat. Program sponsored by the Northwest FL Music Teachers Association. 

The Fairy Tales of Grimm's Rapunzel
Thursday, July 23rd @ 2 p.m.
Presented by the Atlantic Coast Theater with an acting lesson following the performance. 

STE(A)M Programming 
Wednesday, July 8th @ 2 p.m.
Let's dive into the film-making process and learn how to make your own stop motion animations. 

The Story of our Emotions
Wednesday, July 22nd @ 2 p.m. 
Learn what emotions are, where they come from, and what stories they are trying to tell us. 
VIRTUAL Teen  Programs (11 - 18 years)
Imagine Your Story 

Some programs are pre-recorded and will be released on a specific date and time. Others are Zoom programs that require registration. The registration information will be available on each program's Facebook event. 

Viking Beards (YouTube Link)
Wednesday, July 1st @ 2 p.m.
Make your own viking beard out of yarn and learn cool facts about Norse mythology. 

Dragon Eggs
Wednesday, July 15th @ 2 p.m.
Learn how to make awesome Dragon Eggs!  

Submit by July 24th
Are you a fan of Percy Jackson? Then take on our Facebook challenge like the demigod you are! Express yourself and come up with your own artistic creation that best depicts your favorite Camp Half-Blood Cabin deity! Must be family friendly and with the permission of parents. Please send a picture of your creation to the teen librarian at Pictures will be posted on the Bay County Public Library Facebook/Teen Instagram. All entries will be placed in a raffle drawing and the winner will get a Percy Jackson prize (2nd photo above)!

Percy Jackson Zoom Book Club (Zoom Registration)
Wednesday, July 29th @ 2 p.m.
Talk about all your favorite things from the Percy Jackson book series and take a Cabin Quiz. Parental permission required to use Zoom. Click link to pre-register for the program. 
Curbside Pick Up Services

Curbside Pick Up Services are available at all branches. Place your items on hold through the NWRLS Library Catalog with your library card number and pin.  You will be contacted when the item is ready for pick up by phone or email. When you arrive at the library, call the library number to let them know you arrived and provide your library card number. We will bring your items out to your vehicle!

Questions about pick up or your card information? 
Call the Bay County Public Library at 850-522-2100, Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Bay County Public Library
Monday - Saturday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 
*Closed on Saturday, July 4th.

Panama City Beach Public Library
Monday - Friday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
*Closed on Saturday, July 4th. 

Parker Public Library
Tuesday and Thursday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Port St. Joe Public Library
Tuesday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET)

Wewahitchka Public Library
Thursday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Hosford Public Library
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (9 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET)

Bristol Public Library (Starting on July 6th)
Wednesday (9 - 2 ET), Thursday (9 - 4 ET), Friday (9 - 12 ET)
*New location at 13016 NW CR 12   Bristol,  FL 

Computer Access

Bay County Public Library
Monday - Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.)
*Closed on Saturday, July 4th

A small computer lab is set up for a free, 1-hour session per day.  This is limited to essential task only.  Printing services are available for black and white prints. 
Animal Tales
Thursday, July 16th at 2 p.m. CST 

Animal Tales: Fantastic Creatures and Where They are Found will be released on all of the Northwest Regional Library System Facebook Pages. This program will be available to view
July 16th at 2 p.m. CST through July 22nd. 

Fantastic Creatures and Where They are Found will take the audience on a magical journey to the mystical destination of six new and exciting animal ambassadors. The audience will discover where the Savannah Cat got her spots and the habitats the African Bullfrog need to survive. They will uncover the truths of the mystical world of dragons and examine a green iguana up close. Fears will be conquered by making friends with "Scabbers" the Norway Rat. Guests are sure to enjoy the fantastic creatures this program has to offer!

Sponsored by the Northwest FL Music Teachers Association. 
Adult Virtual Summer Reading Programs

Beach Book Club
Zoom Registration Required
Wednesday, July 1st @ 10:30 a.m. CST
Dewey the Small-Town Library Cat by Bret Witter & Vicki Myron
Email for event registration information. 

Tuesday, July 7th @ 2 p.m. CST
Learn how to make a fairy house out of homemade clay!

BCPL Zoom Book Club
Thursday, July 9th @ 11:30 a.m. CST
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Email for event registration information. 

Book Buzz! Zoom Book Club
Zoom Registration Required
Wednesday, July 15 and July 29th @ 12 p.m. CST
Let's talk about what we're reading. Email Heather Ogilvie at for event registration information. 

Virtual Mountain Dulcimer Practice
Friday, July 17th @ 2 p.m. CST
Zoom Registration Required
Email for event registration information. 
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

The Henna Artist
by Alka Joshi

Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist-and confidante-to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own...
As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow-a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
by  James Dean

Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a party, and Pete can't wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing! Who could have taken them?

Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life
by Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood believes that fitness is a lifelong journey. She wasn't born with the toned arms and strong legs that fans know her for. Like all of us, she has to work hard every day to look the way that she does! In FIND YOUR PATH she shares her secrets with readers, with the ultimate goal of being the strongest version of themselves, and looking as good as they feel. 

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 and we'll set one up for you.

To access e-books and downloadable audiobooks, click here or:
Go to  
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 850-522-2100.