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September 2018
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Featured Items 
by Sandra Brown

Hired to deliver a mysterious box to a fogbound Georgia town, daredevil pilot Rye Mallett is targeted by saboteurs and law enforcement before teaming up with an attractive but suspicious doctor to determine the box's significance.
Something in the Water
by Catherine Steadman

Documentary filmmaker Erin and banker Mark are on a glorious Bora Bora honey-moon when they discover a bag stuffed with glittering valuables, which changes their lives in a way that's not so good. A writing debut from the actress who played Mabel Lane Fox in Downton Abbey.
Texas Ranger
by James Patterson

Dedicated Texas Ranger Rory Yates is wrongly implicated in the murder of his ex-wife and finds his skills pushed to the limit in his effort to discover the real killer and prove his own innocence.
Girl, Wash Your Face
by Rachel Hollis

With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have. 
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. 

Pieces of Her
by Karin Slaughter
On Gullaway Island, the mall is suddenly rent by terrible violence, and Andrea's mother is later shot. That's how Andrea learns that her mother has unimaginable secrets.


Death of a Nation
by Dinesh D'Souza
Challenges views that American society is built on racist policies, outlining controversial arguments that the nation's progressive agendas are actually destroying its history, culture, and constitutional order. 
by Catherine Coulter
Chief Ty Christie witnesses a murder at dawn from the deck of her cottage on Lake Massey. When dragging the lake, not only do the divers find the murder victim, they also discover dozens of bones. Even more shocking is the identification of a unique belt buckle found among the bones. Working together with Chief Christie, Savich and Sherlock soon discover a frightening connection between the bones and the escaped psychopath.
Paradox is a chilling mix of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, old secrets that refuse to stay buried, and ruthless greed that keep Savich and Sherlock and Chief Ty Christie working at high speed to uncover the truth before their own bones end up at the bottom on the lake.
Simply Seagrove
by Robert O. Reynolds
Simply Seagrove tells the story of one family's discovery of a very special beach community in Walton County and how Seagrove Beach became their second home. This informative but fun volume explores every facet of the Seagrove experience, reviewing the background of the area, the history that made it what it is today, and the things that make it unique. From the ancient ancestors, to the people who developed the community, to the generations of attractions, to the hurricanes, to the amazing natural environment, Simply Seagrove explores the people and events that have shaped Seagrove Beach. 

The World As It Is
 by Ben Rhodes
For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security adviser, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President's Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership--and, ultimately, friendship--with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.
How to Raise Kind Kids
by Thomas Lickona
With concrete examples drawn from the many families Dr. Lickona has worked with over the years and clear tips you can act on tonight, How to Raise Kind Kids will help you give and get respect, hold family meetings to tackle persistent problems, discipline in a way that builds character, and improve the dynamic of your relationship with your children while putting them on the path to a happier and more fulfilling life.
I Found my Tribe
by Ruth Fitzmaurice

A transformative memoir about finding solace in the unexpected. Ruth's tribe are her children and her filmmaker husband Simon who has ALS and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other "tribe" are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks. The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club, as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, from diagnosis to their long-standing precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for swimming in the wild Irish Sea. An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world, and the brightness of life.
Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik

A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, called "a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic" by The New York Times Book Review. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued. Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices--each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power and love--into a rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again.
A Study in Honor
by Claire O'Dell
Set in a near future Washington, D.C., a clever, incisive, and fresh feminist twist on a classic literary icon--Sherlock Holmes--in which Dr. Janet Watson and covert agent and Sara Holmes will use espionage, advanced technology, and the power of deduction to unmask a murderer targeting New Civil War veterans. 

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Library Card Sign-up Month
During the month of September, the Northwest Regional Library System is joining with libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning. Your library card is the best back-to-school resource out there!

Disney's The Incredibles are Library Card Sign-up Month honorary chairs, helping to promote the value of a library card and bring attention to the many ways libraries and librarians transform lives and communities through education. Early literacy classes spark a love of reading and learning at a young age. NWRLS branches offer free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs for school aged students. Select branches provide access to 3D printers, LEGOs, coding classes, and the ability to experience Virtual Reality through PlayStation VR or Oculus Rift headsets (Virtual Reality for ages 13 and up). Educational programming takes place throughout the year for children and adults.

Libraries are an essential part of the educational infrastructure of any community and we are here to assist you this school year. Your library card allows you to check out up to 20 items at a time with access to books, audiobooks, eBooks, eAudiobooks, DVDs, ukuleles, dulcimers, eReader devices, and cake pans. You also have access to online research databases, including Encyclopedia Britannica and the Florida Electronic Library. All branches have Wi-Fi and computer access available for your research and homework needs.
Cake Pans available for Check Out
The Panama City Beach Public Library has a new collection of 20 unique cake pans that are now available for check out. 

"The library has always been a place for collaborative resources and connecting people with different lending materials.  We are offering cake pans as part of the DIY movement for patrons who may not want to purchase a specific cake pan for one occasion then have to store it." Laura Laspee, Branch Manager.

The check out limit for cake pans is 1 per patron. Before and after each use, hand wash in warm, soapy water. Please do not put in dishwasher. A few of the cake pans available include Elmo, Mickey Mouse, Darth Vader, and Spiderman!  

The new cake pans were funded by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation! 
Youth  Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.

Read Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.

That's Incredible! (School aged Students)
Tuesday, September 18th @ 3:30 p.m.
An hour of incredible trivia, fascinating facts, and tall tales!

Storytime Mondays at the Panama City Mall (all ages)
Mondays @ 10:00 a.m.
Meet at the Panama City Mall Play Area for Storytime.   

Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

Beach Kids (Ages: 5 and up) 
Wednesdays @ 3:00 p.m.  Registration Required.
September 5th - Build: Battery Powered ArtBot
September 12th - Build: Newspaper Towers
September 19th - LEGOs
September 26th - Soda Can Balloon Race

Sail into School (Ages 3 -4 years with caregiver)
Thursdays @ 9:30 a.m. starting on September 20th.
Let's learn about colors, numbers, letters, and rhymes. We will focus on getting kids ready for kindergarten.  

Springfield Public Library
Saturday Stories 
Saturday, September 15th @ 11:00 a.m.

Beach Kids LEGOs at Panama City Beach Public Library

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday Tales (0 - 3 years with caregiver)
Tuesdays @ 10:30 starting on September 18th
Stories, songs, and finger plays for instilling a love of literacy!

Coding Exploration Station (ages 6 and up)
Tuesday, September 25th @ 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Try a variety of coding games and activities.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (Ages: 3 - 6 years)
Mondays @ 11:00 a.m.
Stories, rhymes, songs, finger plays and activities!

Pokemon-A-Thon (Ages: 7 - 10 years)
Tuesday, September 11th @ 3:30 p.m.
Bring your own Pokémon cards. Trade em', Play em', Share em'. Crafts and Prizes!

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 
Teen Programs  at Bay County Public Library
Teen Programs are for Middle and High School students.

Anime Club
Monday, September 17th @ 4:00 p.m.
Watch anime and talk about manga!

D&D Basics for Teens
Tuesday, September 18th @ 4:00 p.m.
Interested in learning how to play Dungeon and Dragons?  Devon Sonley will be teaching D&D basics. Program held in Meeting Room.

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Tuesday, September 25th @ 4:00 p.m.
Share an Action/Adventure genre book that you've enjoyed! 
Snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 
Beginner Ukulele Using ArtistWorks
Bay County Public Library
Friday, September 14th @ 10:00 a.m.

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides unlimited access to online video instruction for music and fine arts classes. The lessons can be completed at your own pace from beginner to advanced skillsets. All you need is your library card and internet
access to begin free lessons today! For more information, visit or call 850-522-2100. This service has been generously sponsored by Bay Arts Alliance and the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews (UOSA). 

During this class we will watch a few of the beginner ukulele lessons together. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of ours. This is a great way to learn how to use ArtistWorks and make some new friends! 
VR VRiday
Bay County Public Library
Friday, September 7th @ 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

VR VRiday will take place on the first Friday of the month starting this September!  Our PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) headsets allow the user to become immersed in a 360° experience. You can ride a rollercoaster, moonwalk like an astronaut, or walk through a Vincent Van Gogh painting. Contact the library at 850-522-2107 for a list of VR software available or to reserve a session in advance. You do not need a reservation to attend. 
Book Artists

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in 
Port St. Joe 

Children's art programs providing the opportunity to explore the art of illustration. This collaboration between the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library and the Artery was made possible through the generous support of an art lover. Program is free to attend. Space is limited. Call the library at 850-229-8879 to register.  Programs held at the Artery (212 Williams Ave. Port St. Joe, FL 32456) .

Book Artists (4 - 6 years with caregiver)

September 8th @ 1:00 p.m.  Color & Color Mixing
September 22nd @ 1:00 p.m.  Pointillism
October 6th @ 1:00 p.m.  Collage
October 20th @ 1:00 p.m.  Printmaking

Book Artists (7 - 10 years)

September 7th @ 3:30 p.m.  Color & Color Mixing
September 21st @ 3:30 p.m.  Pointillism
October 5th @ 3:30 p.m.  Collage
October 19th @ 3:30 p.m.  Printmaking
Book & Film Clubs

STEAM & Culture 
Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, September 4th  @ 6 p.m.
The Future of Humanity
by Michio Kaku 

For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, September 13th @ 10 a.m.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The BCPL Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

Grace + Grub Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, September 19th @ 10:00 a.m.
What the Bishop Saw by Vanetta Chapman

For more information, please call 850-522-2107. 
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, September 18th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: The Kingsman (2014) Rated R
Book: Any James Bond novel by Ian Fleming or the Kingsman comics by Rom Williams and Simon Fraser

Beyond the Lens meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month.  For more information, please call 850-522-2107.  
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Film Fan Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, September 26th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Isle of Dogs  (2018) Rated PG-13

Hang out and watch cult classic movies at the library every fourth Wednesday of the month. 
Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, September 5th @ 10:30 a.m.  
Simple Genius by David Baldacci

The Beach Book Club meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-233-5055.

Springfield Library Book Club
Springfield Public Library
Thursday, September 20th @ 1 p.m.
The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

For more information, please call 850-872-7510.

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Monday, September 17th @ 10:30 a.m.
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown

The Library Book Club usually meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and tea provided. For more information, please call 850-229-8879.
Classes and Programs @ Your Library
Bay County Public Library

Ukulele Social Club
Saturday, September 1st @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
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. 

Color + Crafts
Friday, September 7th @ 9:00 - 11 a.m.
Adult coloring supplies will be provided. Cricut machine available for paper crafts. You can also bring in your knitting, crocheting, sketchbook and craft projects to work on!! Program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Panama City and Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

3D Printing Basics (Held in Computer Lab)
Tuesday, September 25th @ 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Participants will learn where to find free 3D designs online and several objects will be printed during class. Attendees are
encouraged to set up your own (free) Tinkercad account prior to class,

Beginning Dulcimer Class
Friday, September 28th @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
The first part of the class is a beginner mountain dulcimer
lesson, and then a jam session! We will have a few spare
instruments, but you are encouraged to bring your own.

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.

Springfield Public Library

Color + Crafts
Thursday, September 6th @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Adult coloring supplies provided. You can also bring in your knitting, crocheting, sketchbook and craft projects to work on! 

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe

Cricut Workshop: Make Something Amazing!
Tuesday, September 4th @ 10:30 a.m.
Learn about this cutting machine and create decorations, cards, and more. Use the library Cricut Maker to create whatever inspires you!

Kokedama Moss Ball Workshop
Saturday, September 22nd @ 10:00 a.m. 
Come play in the dirt with the people who know how to garden, the Port St. Joe Garden Club, and learn the ancient Japanese art of Kokedama. Bring home your own Kokedama moss ball to enjoy. Free and open to all, but space is limited. Cost covered by the Garden Club. Please register by coming in or calling the library at 850-229-8879.

B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)
Monday, September 24th @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Bring your own device and learn about the benefits of the
library's e-resources. Become a techie patron!! We'll show you how to reserve books, renew loans and access our research sources from home. Downloading of e-books, audio books, and the new Artist Works will also be demonstrated.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Craft Day
Thursdays @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bring your favorite craft or learn something new!

Family Game Nights
Monday, September 24th @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Every 4th Monday of the month. Show your skills and make new friends as we enjoy playing Pictionary, board games, and Bingo!

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Family Search
Explore your family's genealogy every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friends Presents Concert Series

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

Sofia Talvik - Americana / Folk with Swedish Roots
Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music. Free and open to the public. 

Afterhours library concert sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.
Library Closures
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

We recently added new items to our digital collection, including: 

The Other Woman
by Daniel Silva

She was his best-kept secret ...
In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason's name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin's most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West-a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel's vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance.

From the Corner of the Oval
by Beck Dorey Stein

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. The ultimate D.C. outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers-young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. As she learns to navigate White House protocols and more than once runs afoul of the hierarchy, Beck becomes romantically entangled with a consummate D.C. insider, and suddenly the political becomes all too personal. Against the backdrop of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters, and, in the process, discovering her voice.

by Beth Macy

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

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.