Books, Bytes & More Newsletter
 January 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 

The Rise of Magicks
by Nora Roberts

After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors. Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal-and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. 
The Beautiful Ones
by Prince

A first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death. The second part takes us through Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album was released. The third section shows us Prince's evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain--the final stage in Prince's self-creation.
Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything
by BJ Fogg

The world's leading expert on habit formation shows how you can have a happier, healthier life: by starting small. 
by Danielle Steel

At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary in an exquisite white lace and satin dress her mother has ordered from Paris. With her delicate blond looks, she is a stunning beauty who seems destined for a privileged life. But fate, a world war, and her own quietly rebellious personality lead her down a different path. By 1939, Europe is on fire and England is at war. From her home in idyllic Hampshire, Alex makes her way to London as a volunteer in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. But she has skills that draw the attention of another branch of the service. Fluent in French and German, she would make the perfect secret agent. 
Home Work
by Julie Andrews

With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films--Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations.

The Way I Heard It
by Mike Rowe
The Way I Heard It presents thirty-five mysteries "for the curious mind with a short attention span." Every one is a trueish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don't. Movie stars, presidents, bloody do-gooders, and villains--they're all here, waiting to shake your hand, hoping you'll remember them. Delivered with Mike's signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, their stories are part of a larger mosaic--a memoir full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike's own remarkable life and career.

The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America
by Bill O'Reilly
In this thrilling narrative, O'Reilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump's childhood and family and the factors from his life and career that forged the worldview that the president of the United States has taken to the White House. Not a partisan book, this is an up-to-the-minute, intimate view of the man, how Donald Trump's view of America was formed, and how it has changed since becoming the most powerful person in the world- from a writer who has known the president for thirty years. As the author will tell you, If you want some insight into the most unlikely political phenomenon of our lifetimes, you'll get it here.

Secret Service
by Tom Bradby

To those who don't  know her, Kate Henderson's life must seem perfectly ordinary. Civil servant, wife, parent of two teenagers, daughter of a sick and aging mother... But she's also a senior MI6 officer, and right now she is nursing the political equivalent of a nuclear bomb. Kate's mission to bug a Russian oligarch's super-yacht in Istanbul has yielded the startling intelligence that the British Prime Minister has prostate cancer-and that one of the leading candidates to replace him may be a Russian agent of influence.
A Warning
by Anonymous
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation's capital.
by Mo Rocca
 Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries--reading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. His quest to right that wrong inspired Mobituaries, his #1 hit podcast. Now with Mobituaries, the book, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matter...until now .

Sam Houston & the Alamo Avengers
 by Brian Kilmeade
While the story of the Alamo is familiar to most, few remember how Sam Houston led Texians after a crushing loss to a shocking victory that secured their freedom and paved the way for America's growth.
In March 1836, the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna massacred more than two hundred Texians who had been trapped in a tiny adobe mission in San Antonio for thirteen days. American legends Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett died there, along with other Americans who had moved to Texas looking for a fresh start.
The defeat galvanized the surviving Texians. Under General Sam Houston, a maverick with a rocky past, the tiny army of settlers rallied--only to retreat time and time again. He held off until just one month after the massacre, when he and his army of underdog Texians soundly defeated Santa Anna's troops in under eighteen minutes at the Battle of San Jacinto, and in doing so won the independence for which so many had died.
Nothing Fancy
 by Alison Roman
Named one of Fall's best cookbooks. Alison Roman will give you the food your people want (think DIY martini bar, platters of tomatoes, pots of coconut-braised chicken and chickpeas, pans of lemony turmeric tea cake) plus the tips, sass, and confidence to pull it all off. With Nothing Fancy, any night of the week is worth celebrating.
Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple
 by Tieghan Gerard
On her blog and in her debut cookbook, Tieghan is beloved for her freshly sourced, comfort-food-forward recipes that taste even better than they look. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple takes what fans loved most about Half Baked Harvest Cookbook and distills it into quicker, more manageable dishes, including options for one-pot meals, night-before meal prep, and even some Instant Pot or slow cooker recipes. 
Criss Cross
 by James Patterson
In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed "M" rests on the corpse. "You messed up big time, Dr. Cross."  Was an innocent man just put to death? Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for, as "M" lures the detective out of the capital to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details -- details that conjure up decades-old cases. Details that conjure up Cross family secrets. 
A Minute to Midnight
 by David Baldacci
FBI Agent Atlee Pine's life was never the same after her twin sister Mercy was kidnapped--and likely killed--thirty years ago. After a lifetime of torturous uncertainty, Atlee's unresolved anger finally gets the better of her on the job, and she finds she has to deal with the demons of her past if she wants to remain with the FBI.
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Sean Gaskell: West African Kora Concerts

Sean Gaskell will give multiple performances on the Kora, anancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Kora's musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. Admission is free to the public.  

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday, January 7th at 2:00 p.m.
Program sponsored by a grant from the Tapper Foundation.

Bay County Public Library
Friends Celebration
Tuesday, January 7th @ 5:30 p.m. / Concert at 6:00 p.m.
Friends Annual Meeting with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, January 8th @ 10:00 a.m.
Program sponsored by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

The Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries are hosting their Annual Friends Celebration on Tuesday, January 7th at 5:30 p.m. in the Youth Services Program Room. Agenda items include an overview of the year's accomplishments and election to the 2020 Board of Directors. Whether you are a current member or thinking of becoming one, everyone is invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

" As the lifeblood of our community, beyond disaster recovery, the library enhances the quality of life in our area and is our greatest free institution for learning beyond our public schools," said Friends Board Member, Shelley Clark. " Being a member of Friends is a wonderful opportunity to support this vital public gem."

Sean Gaskell will provide a performance and educational demonstration on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa following the meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Youth Services. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Kora's musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. The performance is free to attend and open to the public.

Friends of the Bay County Public Library Memberships are: Individual, $10; Family, $20;  Patron, $100, and Business/Corporation $200 for the year. For more information about the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries or to become a member online, visit 

Youth  Classes @ Your Library
Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.
No class on December 31st.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
No class on December 31st.

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!
Salt Painted Snowflakes
Wednesday, January 8th @ 4 p.m.

Learn to Program Dash the Robot
Wednesday, January 22nd @ 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)
Colonial Period (1565 - 1733)
Friday, January 17th @ 10:00 a.m.
Come listen and learn about the colonization of the New World, the curious disappearance of Roanoke the lost colony and much more.  
Sail Into School at the Panama City Beach 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.
No class on December 31st.

Sail Into School (3-4 years with caregiver) 
Thursdays@ 9:30 a.m. 
No class on January 2nd, but will return January 9th with a visit from Papino the reading dog!
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.
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. 
Strawberry DNA Extraction
Tuesday, January 7th @ 3:30 p.m.
Learn about what makes DNA so special. Then, we'll demonstrate how to extract DNA from strawberries! 
How to Draw from Life
Tuesday, January 21st @ 3:30 p.m.
We will unlock the secrets of the art world, learn the
basics of art, and learn how to a draw fruit still life! 

Code Club for Kids (Ages 8 - 14)
Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.    
No class on January 2nd.
Learn how to make apps, games, and websites. 
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 for Rural and Small Libraries. 
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.
Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 
Budding Bookworms (Ages 3 - 5)
Mondays @ 11:30 a.m.
Come and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts.
Unicorn Magic Party  (Ages 6 and up)
Friday, January 10th @ 3:30 p.m.
After-school unicorn themed event filled with magical stories,
fun games and awesome crafts!  

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. EST
Bay County Public Library
Teen Programming 
For preteens and teens ages 11 and up.

Teen Art Club
Wednesday, January 15th @ 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!
Adulting 101: Coffee Mug Omelette
Monday, January 13th @4:00 p.m.
Learn how to cut vegetables and make your own omelette in a coffee mug using a microwave! Visit Youth Services or call 850-522-2118. Registration required. Limited to 10 students
Book Dragons 
Tuesday, January 21st @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, January 27th@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. 
William Shakespeare Classes at Your Library

Bay County Public Library
An Answer to the Shakespeare Authorship Question
Tuesday, January 7th @ 2:00 p.m.

Did you know that not everyone believes that the Shakespeare's attributed works were actually written by William Shakespeare? Here's an answer to that question! Program taught by GCSC Encore Instructor and Shakespeare scholar, Robert Lamphear.

Panama City Beach Public Library
All We Know About Shakespeare
Wednesday, January 15th @ 10:30 a.m.

Introduction to William Shakespeare and the historical evidence we have about his life: background, poetry, plays, and the Elizabethan era. Program taught by GCSC Encore Instructor and Shakespeare scholar, Robert Lamphear.
Book Clubs
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Thursday, January 2nd  @ 10:30 a.m.
At Home in Mitford  by Jan Karon 

The Beach Book Club meets the  1st Wednesday of each month. January has been moved to Thursday because the library will be closed on January 1st. 

Hosford Book Club 
Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford
Tuesday, January 21st  @ 11:00 a.m.
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

The Hosford Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. January has been moved to Tuesday because the library will be closed on January 20th. 

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, January 9th @ 11:30 a.m.
The Huntress by Kate Quinn

BCPL Book Club will be held in the Youth Services program room. 
Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library 
in Port St. Joe
Monday, January 27th @ 10:30 a.m. 
Vote on NEW book titles for the new year at January's meeting. Bring your ideas!
Computer Classes

Bay County Public Library

Computer Basics
Tuesday, January  7th at 9:30 a.m.  

Google Drive
Thursday, January 9th at 9:30 a.m.  

Bring Your Own Device
Thursday, January 23rd at 9:30 a.m.  

All classes take place in the Bay County Public Library Computer Lab in Adult Services. Classes take place from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Several of our library instructors are certified Microsoft Office Specialists! Registration required. To register, call 850-522-2107.
Library Closures
All Northwest Regional Library System locations will be closed on the following dates.

New Year's Day 
Wednesday, January 1st 
* Libraries will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31st for New Year's Eve.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
Monday, January 20th
Classes @ Your Library:

Bay County Public Library

Pens & Needles
Friday, January 3rd @ 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 
Friday, January 3rd @ 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, January 4th @ 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, January 13th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Beginner Dulcimer Class
Friday, January 17th @ 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.  

Project H.O.P.E. Coping Skills Group
Tuesday, January 21st @ 2:00 p.m.
Project H.O.P.E. is here to listen to your story, help you regain strength and confidence, connect you fully with your existing support network, and navigate community resources to assist in your recovery. The Project H.O.P.E. team members provide free confidential services for anyone impacted by Hurricane Michael including: individual support, informational and educational support, community support group development, community networking support, assessment of needs and referrals to other local resources.

Sidewalk Stargazing
Wednesday, January 22nd @ 6:00 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. All ages welcome. 

Making Literary Connections: Marilyn Turk
Monday, January 27th @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn how to write historical fiction with award-winning guest author, Marilyn Turk. Books will be available for sale. 

Hola! Beginner Spanish Class
Tuesday, January 28th @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Learn basic conversational Spanish at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

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.
No class on January 1st.
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.
Pre-registration is required.

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.

Wednesday, January 22nd @ 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!

Painting Happy Trees
Saturday, January 11th @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
We'll have lots of giggles and fun with this one!! Dress in clothes you can paint in. Space is limited. Register by calling 850-229-8879.

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge: Susan Cerulean
Tuesday, January 14th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Friends President and author Susan Cerulean will share information on the refuge and introduce our title for a Community Reads Book Club: Coming to Pass. Books will be available for purchase. Program is part of the Tuesday at 2 Series.

Adventures Rescuing Birds of Prey: Lynda White
Tuesday, January 21st @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Learn about Lynda White's adventures rescuing birds of prey! Program is part of the Tuesday at 2 series.

Sea Turtles of Florida: Jessica Swindell
Tuesday, January 28th @ 2:00 p.m. EST
Learn about sea turtles of Florida with St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol's Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Swindell. Program is part of the Tuesday at 2 Series. 

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Library Relaxation Zone
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 
@ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Coloring and drawing supplies are always available to
create art. Or join the fun of helping put together a puzzle!

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, January 13th at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 2nd Monday of the month we play Bingo. 

Family Game Nights: Pictionary
Monday, January 27th @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 4th Monday of the month we play Pictionary. 

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
This project was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services .
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

Letters from an Astrophysicist
by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world's largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by  Kim Michele Richardson

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything-everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler. Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere-even back home.

Wonder Art Workshop
by Sally Haughey

In Wonder Art Workshop, educator and educational development expert Sally Haughey shares her approach to hands-on, play-based learning with parents, teachers, and other facilitators, offering 25 activities that let your child take the lead in developing their own sense of intrinsic motivation to imagine, experiment, and discover. Become a catalyst for cultivating your child's curious mind through these steps and activities, which start with art and apply to other subjects, including science and literacy.

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.