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August 2019
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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 Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
Window on the Bay
by Debbie Macomber

Jenna Boltz has spent the last twenty years raising her two children on her own, and she loves her job as a Seattle ICU nurse. But now that she's officially an "empty nester," Jenna can't help but wonder what her future holds. When her kids, Paul and Allie, push her to begin dating again, Jenna is skeptical. Enter Dr. Rowan Lancaster, who saves the day when Jenna's elderly mother suffers an accident in her home. Though he keeps to himself, Jenna can't help but notice his kindness--he, on the other hand, is immediately smitten with her. Still fearing a romantic relationship, she insists they remain friends. But one day, when her children approach her with shocking news, Jenna begins to question everything. Jenna realizes that believing in love can take us beyond our wildest dreams.
The New Girl
by Daniel Silva

When a girl from an exclusive private school in Switzerland is kidnapped in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Gabriel Allon is thrust into a deadly secret war with an old enemy that will determine the future of the Middle East, and perhaps the world.
Under Currents
by Nora Roberts

Within the walls of a tasteful, perfectly kept house in the Blue Ridge Mountains, young Zane Bigelow feels like a prisoner. Strangers see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children's ballet recitals and baseball games. Zane and his sister know the truth. As his father's violent rages and his mother's complicity become more oppressive, Zane counts the days until he can escape. In fear for his life, Zane plays along with the lie that everything is fine, while scribbling his real thoughts in a secret journal. When one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the fac╠žade, Zane begins to understand that some people are willing to face the truth. As he grows into manhood and builds a family, he will find that while the darkness of his past may always shadow him, it will also show him what is good --and give him strength to draw on when he once again must stand up and defend himself and the ones he loves...
In Oceans Deep: Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves
by Bill Streever
Full of mystery and danger, the deep sea has long been a symbol of the great unknown. In this dramatic and thrilling account, acclaimed biologist and deep sea diver Bill Streever shows us the incredible adventures happening in earth's almost incomprehensibly vast oceans.

The Man Who Sold America
by Joy-Ann Lomena Reid
The host of MSNBC's "AM Joy" assesses the Trump presidency and offers strategic advice for concerned citizens about how to resist the violations of the Trump administration and steer the country back to humane values.

The Weight of a Feather: A Mother's Journey Through 
the Opiates Addiction Crisis
by Lynda Hacker Araoz
The Weight of a Feather chronicles the relationship between a mother and her son on his journey into the dark world of addiction to his final recovery years later. Lynda Araoz is ruthlessly candid about the deception, betrayal, and violence inherent in the world of addiction, as well as the pitfalls and potholes on the pathway to recovery. However, she balances out the weight of her family's struggles with lighter moments of connection to the son she once knew and the absurdities they encounter along the path to recovery. 
Lady in the Lake
by Laura Lippman
In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know--everyone, that is, except Madeline "Maddie" Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she's bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life. Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl--assistance that leads to a job at the city's afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.
One Good Deed
by David Baldacci
In 1949, World War II veteran and recent convict Aloysius Archer is released on parole with instructions to stay out of trouble, but when he becomes the suspect in a murder, he must track down the killer to avoid being sent back to prison.
You've Been Volunteered
 by Laurie Gelman
If you've ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it--most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges, in the world of parental politics and at home.
She's been roped into room-parenting yet again, for her son Max's third grade class, but as her husband buries himself in work, her older daughters navigate adulthood, and Jen's own aging parents start to need some parenting themselves, Jen gets pulled in more directions than any one mom, or superhero, can handle.

The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb
 by Sam Kean
In the midst of planning the Manhattan Project, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services created a secret offshoot, the Alsos Mission, meant to gather intelligence on and sabotage if necessary, scientific research by the Axis powers. What resulted was a plot worthy of the finest thriller, full of spies, sabotage, and murder. At its heart was the "Lightning A" team, a group of intrepid soldiers, scientists, and spies--and even a famed baseball player--who were given almost free rein to get themselves embedded within the German scientific community to stop the most terrifying threat of the war: Hitler acquiring an atomic bomb of his very own. While the Manhattan Project and other feats of scientific genius continue to inspire us today, few people know about the international intrigue and double-dealing that accompanied those breakthroughs. 
The Lager Queen of Minnesota
 by J. Ryan Stradal
Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. 
With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country. Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself. Meanwhile, Edith's granddaughter, Diana, earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up. Will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?
 by Jo Nesbo
Harry Hole is not in a good place. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up after a black-out, drunken night with blood on his hands, it's only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare.

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Lunch and Learn: Build a Better Salad

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe
Thursday, August 8th @ 12:00 p.m. EST

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka
Thursday, August 22nd @ 12:00 p.m. 

Bring your lunch and learn about growing and preparing healthy, creative salads. Program taught by UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Agents, Ray Bodrey and Melanie Taylor.
Good Morning Sunshine: 
Stretches with Heather

Bay County Public Library
Monday, August 5th @ 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Start off your day with simple stretches based on yoga. This can be on your mat or in your chair! Bring your own mat if you have one. Stretches led by Heather, BCPL Outreach Librarian.  First come, first served. Meet in the Youth Services Programming Room. 
Youth  Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Classes will resume September 3rd at 9:30 a.m.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Classes will resume September 3rd at 10:30 a.m.

Read, Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 years) 
Classes will resume September 5th at 10:30 a.m.

Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Classes will resume September 10th at 10:00 a.m.

Code Club for Kids (Ages 8 - 14)
Classes will resume in September 5th at 3:30 p.m.

July Photography Class at the Harrell Memorial Public Library

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday Tales (0 - 3 years with caregiver)
Classes will resume September 3rd at 10:30 a.m. EST

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

FLYP (Ages 6 - 11)
Friday, August 2nd  @ 3:00 p.m.  A Galactic Party 
Celebrate  A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Programming with an end of summer party. 

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.

Anime Afternoon 
Monday, August 19th @4:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour of anime episodes with prize giveaways! Program in partnership with Funimation.

Book Dragons
Tuesday, August 27th @ 4:00 p.m.
"We're not bookworms, we're book dragons!"
No assigned book! Talk about a favorite book, make crafts, and eat snacks! Also, tell us what you'd like to see happening for teens in your library and ask us how teens can earn volunteer hours with Book Dragons! 

Teen Program snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka
Friday, August 30th @ 3:30 p.m.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe
Saturday, August 31st @ 11:00 a.m. EST

Come to an interactive, multimedia performance of
Floridingers go to Space with author, Gordon Halleck and
illustrator, Perdita Ross. Learn how to recycle paper, make Floridingers inspired art, and view original panels from the book under a blacklight and 3D glasses. Program geared for ages 5 and up. 
Galaxy Gala

The Bay County Public Library had a great time at the Galaxy Gala (Saturday, July 27th) celebrating A Universe of Stories summer reading programs. Here are members of the 501st Legion checking out library books, moon rocks being collected, and space crafts!  Thank you to library staff, St. Andrews Publishing Museum, 501st Legion, Kat Kan, WonderWorks PCB,  and the Bay County Public Library Foundation for making this event out-of-this-world!!  
NWRLS Library Wish List

Looking for a way to give back to the library?

NWRLS Library Wish List includes donation items that the
Northwest Regional Library System would love to receive!
Amazon items purchased will go to the branch with the most need.
Construction has begun at PSJ Branch!! 

The Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe will remain open during construction. There will be no closures unless absolutely necessary. While the front entrance is being worked on, the side door will be unlocked for the public during regular library hours. Patrons can park in the side parking lot to be closer to the side entrance. There is a ramp for accessibly. The book drop is also available after hours and is located at the side sidewalk. Thank you for your patience!!
Classes @ Your Library
Bay County Public Library

Pens & Needles
Friday, August 2nd  @ 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, August 2nd @ 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, August 3rd @ 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, August 12th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Hola! Beginner Spanish Class
Tuesday, August 13th @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Learn basic conversational Spanish at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Sidewalk Stargazing @ Your Library: Moongazing
Tuesday, August 13th @ 8:00 p.m.
Dress appropriately for an outdoor program. Meet out in front of the library. You can bring binoculars or a personal telescope if you have them. If poor sky-viewing conditions are present, the event will be canceled. Follow the event on Facebook.

Mountain Dulcimer Class
Friday, August 16th @ 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. 

Maker Monday
Monday, August 26th@ 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Makers gonna make! The library will supply the art cart filled with supplies, Cricut papercutting machine, sewing machines, and 3D printer. All ages welcome.

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

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
Wednesdays @ 3:30 p.m. Intermediate Conversation
Fridays @ 1:00 p.m. Intermediate English

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe

Lunch and Learn: Build a Better Salad
Thursday, August 8th @ 12:00 p.m. EST
Bring your lunch and learn about growing and preparing healthy, creative salads. Program taught by UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Agents, Ray Bodrey and Melanie Taylor.

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

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Lunch and Learn: Build a Better Salad
Thursday, August 22nd @ 12:00 p.m. 
Bring your lunch and learn about growing and preparing healthy, creative salads. Program taught by UF/IFAS Gulf County Extension Agents, Ray Bodrey and Melanie Taylor.

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, August 12th at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 2nd Monday of the month we play Bingo. 

Family Game Nights: Pictionary
Monday, August 26th at 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.

Book & Film Clubs
Jane Austen, 1872
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday,  August 7th  @ 10:30 a.m.
Emma  by Jane Austen

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

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, August 8th @ 11:30 a.m.
Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

BCPL Book Club will be held in the Youth Services program room. 

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

Tuesday, August 20th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Crazy Rich Asians (2018) PG-13 
Book: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library

Library Book Club will resume in September. 
Computer Classes
Bay County Public Library

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. Registration is required. Call 850-522-2107 to register today!

Computer Basics
Tuesday, August 6th
A beginner class to introduce you to the computer.

Internet Basics
Thursday, August 8th
A beginner class to learn how to safely explore the internet.

Library Databases
Tuesday, August 20th
Learn how to use databases available through the library. All you need is your library card and your 4-digit pin!

Are You News Literate?
Thursday, August 22nd
Learn how to evaluate news sources online by recognizing clues that differentiate fact from fiction.
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

Evvie Drake Starts Over
by Linda Holmes

In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth "Evvie" Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband's death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn't correct them. Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy's childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the "yips": he can't throw straight anymore, and he can't figure out why. As the media storm heats up, an invitation from Andy to stay in Maine seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button. When he moves into an apartment at the back of Evvie's house, the two make a deal: Dean won't ask about Evvie's late husband, and Evvie won't ask about Dean's baseball career. Rules, though, have a funny way of being broken-and what starts as an unexpected friendship soon turns into something more. To move forward, Evvie and Dean will have to reckon with their pasts-the friendships they've damaged, the secrets they've kept-but in life, as in baseball, there's always a chance-up until the last out.

An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold
by Mary Hoban

Julia Sorell's marriage to Tom Arnold in 1850 propelled her into one of the most renowned families in England and into a circle that included Lewis Carroll and George Eliot. Her eldest daughter became a bestselling novelist, while her grandchildren included the writer Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, and the evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley. What began as a marriage born of desire soon turned into a relationship riven by discord. Tom's sudden decision to become a Catholic and Julia's refusal to convert with him plunged their lives into a crisis wherein their great love for each other would be pitted against their profoundly different understandings of marriage and religion. It was a conflict that would play out over three decades in a time when science challenged religion, when industrialization challenged agrarian forms, when democracy challenged aristocracy, when women began to challenge men. It was a conflict that would shape not only their own lives and that of their children, but also touch the lives of all those who came into contact with them.

The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair
by Margaret Creighton

The Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, meant to herald the twentieth century, went tragically, spectacularly awry. In 1901, Buffalo was the eighth-largest city in the United States, and its leaders had big dreams. They would host a world's fair, showcasing the Americas, and bring millions of people to western New York. With nearby Niagara Falls as a drawing card and with stunning colors and electric lights, they hoped the fair would be more popular and more brilliant, literally, than Chicago's White City of 1893. Then tragedy struck. In the early autumn of 1901, an assassin stalked the fairgrounds, waiting for President William McKinley. That was shocking enough, but there were more surprises in store. In this extraordinary account, Margaret S. Creighton lifts the curtain on the assassination of McKinley as well as on the fair's lesser-known battles, involving both notorious and forgotten figures. 

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.