Books, Bytes & More Newsletter
November 2019
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Public Library

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Jimmy Weaver
Memorial Library

Featured Items 
The Body
by Bill Bryson

The author of numerous best sellers, including A Short History of Nearly Everything, the whimsical and ever-curious Bryson uses his own body as his story here, exploring it from tip to toe, inside and out, to clarify how the body works so brilliantly and how it also, finally, fails.
The Guardians
by John Grisham

In the small north Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues behind. There were no witnesses, no real suspects, no one with a motive. The police soon settled on Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russos. Quincy was framed, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison with no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. Then he wrote a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small innocence group founded by a lawyer/minister named Cullen Post. Guardian handles only a few innocence cases at a time, and Post is its only investigator. He travels the South fighting wrongful convictions and taking cases no one else will touch. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy exonerated.They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another one without a second thought.
Child's Play
by Danielle Steel

A senior partner at a prestigious NY law firm, Kate Morgan couldn't be prouder of her three grown children. Tamara, Anthony, and Claire all went to great schools, chose wonderful career paths, and would have made their father proud. A single mother for years after the death of her husband, Kate keeps a tight rein on her family, her career, and even her own emotions, never once asking herself if she truly knows her children . . . or if her hopes for them are the right ones. She is about to find out. During one hectic summer in Manhattan, Kate's world turns upside down. One child has been keeping an astonishing secret while another confesses to an equally shocking truth. Challenged as a mother and as a successful independent woman herself, Kate struggles to keep up with a dizzying chain of events, and begins to realize that she has a part to play in the chaos. 
Me Elton John
by Elton John

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his roller coaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is John on his music and his relationships, his passions, and his mistakes.

The Giver of Stars
by Jojo Moyes

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.

Dear Girls
by Ali Wong
In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so heavily with people that she became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage, but you sure see plenty of new dads. The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are enlightening and hilarious.. 

Vince Flynn: Lethal Agent
by Kyle Mills
A toxic presidential election is underway in an America already badly weakened by internal divisions. While politicians focus entirely on maintaining their own power and privilege, ISIS kidnaps a brilliant French microbiologist and forces him to begin manufacturing anthrax. Slickly produced videos chronicling his progress and threatening an imminent attack are posted to the Internet, intensifying the hysteria gripping the US.
ISIS recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon across the border, but it's really just a diversion. The terrorist organization needs to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy distracted long enough to weaponize a deadly virus that they stumbled upon in Yemen. If they succeed, they'll trigger a pandemic that could rewrite the world order.


The 19th Christmas
by James Patterson

As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women's Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner's office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. 
Then a fearsome criminal known only as "Loman" seizes control of the headlines. He is planning a deadly surprise for Christmas morning. And he has commissioned dozens of criminal colleagues to take actions that will mask his plans. All that Lindsay and the SFPD can figure out is that Loman's greed is limitless. Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women's Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.
Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
by Judy Pace Christie 
and Lisa Wingate
From the 1920s through the 1950s, Georgia Tann operated an adoption agency in Memphis called the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Tann's agency traded in babies and toddlers who had been kidnapped from poor rural families, born to single mothers, or stolen from hospital wards with the help of bribed nurses. Adoption records were falsified or destroyed, with the result that most of the 5000 children "processed" through the Society never had a way to search for their birth families or find any surviving siblings.
Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours shed light on Tann's lucrative career in child trafficking. Spurred on by their contact with co-authors Wingate and Judy Christie, a journalist who interviewed the fifteen families whose stories make up this book, these adoptees and many more of Tann's "survivors" have managed to trace their roots. 
The Water Dancer
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
 Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage-but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss.
The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2020
 by Jonathan Bernstein
Exploring a wide range of issues including gender, money, media, voter coalitions, and the changing role of political parties, leading experts on American elections provide an indispensable guide to the 2020 presidential nomination process. 
 by Salman Rushdie
Quichotte, an aging traveling salesman obsessed with the "unreal real" of TV, falls in impossible love with a queen of the screen; while obsessively writing her love letters, he wishes an imaginary son, Sancho, into existence. Together they set off across America in Quichotte's trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love. Meanwhile, Quichotte's tragicomic story is being told by the author who created him: Brother, a mediocre spy novelist in the midst of a midlife crisis. As their stories intertwine, we are taken on a wild, picaresque journey through a country on the edge of moral and spiritual collapse. Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirize the culture of his time, Rushdie brings us a new twist on a classic. 
The World That We Knew, a novel
 by Alice Hoffman
In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but its his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked. In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.
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New in November: 
  • Bay County Public Library will be resuming Sunday hours (1:00 - 5:00 p.m.) starting on November 3rd. 
Meet the Artists Reception

Bay County Public Library
Monday, November 4th from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  

Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.  The artwork will be on display throughout the month of November 2019. 

Studio Art Exhibit
Award-winning Watercolor Artist and Art Instructor, Olga Guy, has compiled an exhibit of her student's work. The talented young artists are between 9 and 13 years old. Featured students include Alejandra Fernandez, Brelyn Tucker, Molly Harris, and Sophia Williams. The mission of the Olga Guy Art Studio is to promote the practice of visual arts through education, interaction, and exhibition. The exhibit will be on the gallery walls in Adult Services and Youth Services.

Mother Earth by Melinda Hall
Melinda Hall is the author and illustrator of A Seed of Change. Paintings from her second publication, Mother Earth, are currently in the lobby Display Case.
National Novel Writing Month

It's that time again! NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words throughout the month of November. Get inspired to write your own novel by attending the local author programs and workshops taking place at the library. 

Bay County Public Library
Making Literary Connections
November 4th at 2:00 p.m.
Guest authors, Tony Simmons and Milinda Jay Stephenson, will share their writing process. There will also be time to mingle with other authors and aspiring authors afterwards! Tony Simmons is a journalist for the News Herald and author of several novels, including Blue Sky Beach (2019) as well as editor/contributor for the Adventures in the Arcane anthologies. Milinda Jay Stephenson is a Creative Writing Professor at FSU Panama City, as well as the author of Annie Laura's Triumph (2016) and Annie Laura's Gift (2020).

Bay County Public Library
Michael Lister's Annual Holiday New Book Release Reception
November 12th at 5:30 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author, Michael Lister, will be interviewed by Aaron Bearden about his most recent books: Blood and Sand (John Jordan Mystery Book 23) and A John Jordan Christmas. There will be a Q & A portion, books available for sale, book signing, and an acoustic performance by the Wabi Sabis! Everyone is invited.

Panama City Beach Public Library
Writing in the Sand Writing Group
November 12th and 26th at 4:30 p.m.
Join Writing in the Sand for creative exercises, literature discussions, and writing workshops! Class is taught by Joleen Crisp. The group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Program geared for 15 years of age and up! No registration required.
Youth  Classes @ Your Library
Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.
No class on November 26th.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
No class on November 26th.

Read, Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 years) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.
No class on November 28th.
Wondrous Wednesdays (Ages 7 and up)  
Join us for some after-school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) fun!
Learn the Science Behind Medieval Siege Weapons & Build Your Own!
Wednesday, November 6th @ 4 p.m.

Dash the Robot Obstacle Course
Wednesday, November 20th @ 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)  
Late Middle Ages
Friday, November 15th @ 10:00 a.m.
Come and learn about history in a new, exciting way! This week's focus is the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, Italian Renaissance, and the Peasants Revolt. 
Dash the Robot program at Bay County 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.

Sail Into School (3-4 years with caregiver) 
Thursdays@ 9:30 a.m. 
No class on November 28th. 
Let's get ready for school! Learn your ABC's, 1, 2, 3's, and the world around us.  
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. 

Space Day
Tuesday, November 5th @ 5:00 p.m.
Beach Kids are invited to stay for the Sidewalk Stargazing: Moongazing Party outside of the library at 6:00 p.m.

Music and Accoustics
Tuesday, November 19th @ 3:30 p.m.

Code Club for Kids (Ages 8 - 14)
Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
No class on November 28th. 
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.

Fall Arts & Crafts (Ages 6 - 12)
Friday, November 1st @ 3:30 p.m.
A variety of Fall crafts will be available!

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.

Book Dragons
Tuesday, November 12th @ 4:00 p.m.
We're a book club! No assigned book! Talk about a favorite book, make crafts, and eat snacks. You can bring your writing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). 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 Art Club 
Wednesday, November 13th @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!

Anime Afternoon 
Monday, November 18th @4:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour of anime episodes with prize giveaways! Program in partnership with Funimation.

Teen Program snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 
Friends Presents: Ashley Feller

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, November 7th @ 6:00 p.m.

Talented local musician, Ashley Feller, will perform at the Bay County Public Library on Thursday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m. There is 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. For additional information about the Friends, visit

Ashley Feller is a 3rd generation Florida native from Panama City. Her original music reflects life in the historic St. Andrews area. In addition to being a songwriter, Ashley is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the pennywhistle, flutes, and accordion. Feller recently performed at the 67th Annual Florida Folk Fest held at Stephen Foster Cultural Center on Memorial Day Weekend 2019.

Book & Film Clubs
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, November 6th  @ 10:30 a.m.
The Widow  by Fiona Barton

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

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, November 14th @ 11:30 a.m.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murder by David Grann

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

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

Tuesday, November 19th @ 5:30 p.m.
PBS POV Documentary: Bisbee '17 (2018)
Book: From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend 
by Priscilla Murolo and A.B. Chitty
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Fistein from Gulf Coast State College

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
Monday, November 18th @ 10:30 a.m.
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

Library Book Club meets on the third Monday of each month.
Lifelong Learning at Your Library

Online Classes:

Universal Class
Over 500 online continuing education courses are available through the library's Universal Class subscription provided by PLAN (Panhandle Library Access Network).Courses include: Accounting, Computer Training, Homeschooling, Crafts & Hobbies, Test Prep, and more! Register with your library card number. Please ask a staff member if you need assistance setting up your free account.

Transparent Language Online
Free online language lessons are available through the library's Transparent Language subscription provided by PLAN (Panhandle Library Access Network). Scroll to bottom of page to view. This language learning program is the most comprehensive, effective, and engaging way to learn over 120 languages, including ESL. Register with your library card number. Please ask a staff member if you need assistance setting up your free account.

Classes @ Your Library:
Bay County Public Library

Pens & Needles
Friday, November 1st @ 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, November 1st @ 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, November 2nd @ 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. 
Good Morning Sunshine: Stretches with Heather
Monday, November 4th @ 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. First come, first served. Program led by Heather, BCPL Outreach Librarian.

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

Mountain Dulcimer Class
Friday, November 15th @ 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.   

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, November 18th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French 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

Sea Needles
Fridays @ 10 a.m.
No Class on November 29th.
Bring your needlework crafts to work on at the library. Sea Needles meets every Friday at 10 a.m.

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 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.

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

Sidewalk Stargazing: Moongazing Party 
Tuesday, November 5th @ 6:00 p.m.
Dress appropriately for an outdoor program. 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. All ages welcome.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe

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

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Library Relaxation Zone
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
@ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Library closed on November 28th and 29th.
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
Library closed on November 28th.
Bring your favorite craft or learn something new!

Family Game Nights: Pictionary
Monday, November 25th 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.
Library Closures and Hour Updates
All Northwest Regional Library System locations will be closed on the following dates.

Monday, November 11th
Veterans Day 

Thursday, November 28th
Friday, November 29th 
Thanksgiving Holiday*

*Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on November 27th.

Updated Hours for Bay County Public Library 
Monday - Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:oo p.m.
Thursday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Bay County Public Library Foundation FLOW

The Bay County Public Library Foundation's Free Library on Wheels (FLOW) has just launched!  FLOW will provide opportunities for children, their parents, and senior citizens to choose books to take home for their personal library for FREE! This is especially important after Hurricane Michael destroyed many
at-home libraries. FLOW will be offering books in all corners of Bay County with a focus on neighborhoods where there may be a book deficit. The 
FLOW project has been generously sponsored by the St. Joe Community Foundation. 

For more information or to learn how you can volunteer with FLOW, visit:
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

California Girls
by Susan Mallery

The California sunshine's not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week... But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

The Water Dancer
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her-but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram's resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

Olive, Again
by Elizabeth Strout

Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is "a compelling life force" (San Francisco Chronicle). Olive struggles to understand herself, her own life as well as the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us-in Strout's words-"to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can."

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.