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July 2018
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Featured Items 
The Soul of America
by Jon Meacham

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back,  and to assert hope over fear.
Us Against You
by Fredrik Backman

Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. It's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback. As the big game approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt intensifies. By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. 
Brief Cases
by Jim Butcher

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue and creatures of all supernatural stripes. You'll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this short story collection.
When Life Gives You Lululemons
by Lauren Weisberger

Remember Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly's assistant in The Devil Wears Prada? Now she's an image consultant desperate for a shiny new client. Through lawyer-turned-suburban mom Miriam, Emily lands mega-model Karolina Hartwell, living in Greenwich, CT; married to a presidential hopeful; and just arrested for DUI with a carload of kids.
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
 On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person--but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

Lincoln's Last Trial
by Dan Abrams
Abraham Lincoln's last big trial before his run for the presidency was deeply personal: the murder victim, whom he had mentored, trained in his office, while the accused, whom he defended, was the son of a close friend. And losing the case would diminish the bright light he cast after his debate with Sen. Stephen Douglas. 


Three Days in Moscow
by Bret Baier
Recounts the events of Reagan's historic, three-day 1988 Moscow Summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, examining the importance of Reagan's speech at Moscow State University that offered a new vision of the future to the Soviet people. 
Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
by James R Clapper
The former Director of National Intelligence's candid and compelling account of the intelligence community's successes--and failures--in facing some of the greatest threats to America. When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States director of national intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence adviser for six and a half years. He led the U.S. intelligence community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. 
Something in the Water
by Catherine Steadman
Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. A writing debut from the actress who played Mabel Lane Fox in Downton Abbey.

Tom Clancy: Line of Sight
 by Mike Maden
Twenty years ago, Dr. Kathy Ryan restored the eyesight of a young Bosnian girl who had been injured during an attack in the Balkan War. Today, her son, Jack Ryan Jr. has decided to surprise his mother by tracking down the young lady. What he finds shocks them both. The helpless child has grown into a remarkable woman. Aida Curic is a self-possessed beauty who runs a refugee agency that helps the children of her native Bosnia. Jack finds himself drawn to her, but before he can act on his feelings she's snatched off the streets of Sarajevo by kidnappers. In Jack's desperate search for Aida, he finds himself opposed by everyone from Serbian mobsters to Croatian paramilitary units. The Balkan War may have ended two decades ago, but the region still seethes with ethnic animosities. The deeper Jack plunges into this world the more he faces a disturbing truth, the scars of war fester long after the surface has healed.
The Campout Cookbook
by Marnie Hanel
Forget freeze-dried astronaut meals and bags of stale, store-bought gorp. Finally, here's a cookbook that complements the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. From the IACP Award-winning authors of The Picnic, which brought taste and style to eating outdoors (in the daytime), comes its companion, for leaving civilization behind and dining under the stars. A mix of dishes to make ahead and meals to cook on-site, The Campout Cookbook includes more than 75 recipes.
There There
by Tommy Orange

There There is a relentlessly paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.
Energy: A Human History
by Richard Rhodes

Waterpower, the steam engine, the internal combustion engine, and today's renewable alternatives: Pulitzer Prize winner Rhodes moves from Queen Elizabeth I to Benjamin Franklin to Henry Ford and toward a globally warmed future as he shows us how energy has shaped our history.
by Lauren Groff
The New York Times best-selling author of three novels, including Fates and Furies, a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Groff also wins prizes (and hearts) for her short stories. She grounds this new collection in the heat and storminess of her adopted state, Florida, while plumbing human heat and storminess as well.

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ArtistWorks for Libraries
Northwest Regional Library System is excited to present ArtistWorks for Libraries.  ArtistWorks provides unlimited access to step-by-step online video instruction for music, voice, and fine arts classes. Lesson study materials and music tablature are provided when applicable. The lessons can be completed at your own pace from beginner to advanced skillsets.  Learn directly from world renowned and Grammy Award-winning musicians and artists. All you need is your library card and internet access to begin free lessons today! For more information about ArtistWorks for Libraries, visit or call 850-522-2100. 

This service has been generously sponsored by Bay Arts Alliance and the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews.
An Evening with  Jonathan Putnam 

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, July 19th @ 6:00 p.m.

Jonathan F. Putnam is the author of the Lincoln & Speed mystery series. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School, a nationally renowned trial lawyer, and a recognized Lincoln scholar. His latest book release is Final Resting Place featuring Abraham Lincoln as a young lawyer with his good friend Joshua Speed to solve the mysterious death of a prominent local politician. Book sales and book signing available after the author talk. Light refreshments provided. 

Program sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.
Youth  Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Read Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Thursdays, July 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th @ 10:30 a.m.

Library Storytellers ROCK!
Thursday, July 5th @ 2:00 p.m.
Rock out to some cool stories, music, and activities presented by your very own Library Storytellers!

Library Lab Rats: Earth Science
Wednesday, July 11th @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn about the natural world and the environmental cycles that make our lives possible!

Animal Tales: Born to be Wild
Thursday, July 12th @ 2:00 p.m.
Animal Tales joins us with a variety of exotic wildlife from across the globe. These Rock'n Animals have unique vocal abilities that you won't want to miss!

Libraries Rock Talent Show!
Thursday, July 19th @ 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of fun watching Bay County's talented musicians, singers, dancers, magicians and much more! Sign-up by July 6th if you would like to show your talent (limited to 20).

Summer Drummin'
Friday, July 20th @ 3:00 p.m.
Craft your own drum and drumsticks to take home and rock out this summer!

Robot Rock 2!
Monday, July 23rd @ 4:00 p.m.
Hone your robotics skills further with Dash and the Blockly coding interface. Sign up in advance with the Children's Department.

Library Lab Rats: Physical Science
Wednesday, July 25th @ 2:00 p.m.
Make and race a balloon rocket as we discuss speed, force, and acceleration!

Peter and the Wolf
Thursday, July 26th @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn about several orchestral
instruments while watching the musical children's tale, Peter and the Wolf. It's in full costume. There will be audience
participation! Performed by students from Brooks Music Studio.

Marvel vs DC
Saturday, July 28th @ 1 - 4 p.m.
An afternoon to celebrate Marvel and DC comics at the library.  Sponsored by the Bay County Public  Library Foundation.

Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (0 - 4 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m. 

Let's Go Bowling!
Wednesday, July 11th @ 10:00 a.m.
The library is meeting at Rock'it Lanes (513 N Richard
Jackson Boulevard) for a morning of bowling fun. Each
person with the library who bowls a game will receive a
free all-day skate pass to use until December 31, 2018.
Sign ups required. 

Live Insects and Their Habitat
Wednesday, July 18th @ 2:00 p.m.
Cindy Mulla from the Beach Mosquito Control District will be at the library to share an assortment of live insects. Learn about insect identification and their habitats. We will be able to walk through an exhibit too!

Animal Tales: Born to be Wild
Wednesday, July 25th @ 2:00 p.m.
Animal Tales closes out our Libraries Rock! Summer
Programming with a variety of exotic wildlife from across
the globe. These Rock'n Animals have unique vocal
abilities that you won't want to miss!

All Summer Reading Programs are sponsored by the
Panama City Beach Public Library Foundation.

Springfield Public Library

Crafts for Children
Wednesdays, July 11th, 18th, and 25th @ 2:00 p.m
Make fun crafts at the library!

Gypsy Rhythm Dancers at the Panama City Beach Public Library

Parker Public Library

Library Storytellers ROCK (K - 5th Grade)
Tuesday, July 10th @ 2:00 p.m.
Rock out to some cool stories, music, and activities presented
by Bay County Public Library Storytellers!

HOOPLA (Grades K - 5th)
Tuesday, July 17th @ 2:00 p.m.
Come watch amazing hula hoopers perform tricks and teach
the art of hula hooping. Audience participation included!

Storytime with Pat Nease (Grades K - 5th)
Tuesday, July 24th @ 2:00 p.m.
Local storyteller, Pat Nease, will share some awesome

Chalk Sidewalk Art (Grades K - 5th)
Tuesday, July 31st @ 2:00 p.m.
Create your own chalk masterpieces!

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Beginner Sewing Camp (Ages: 8 - 14 years)
July 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th @ 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of machine sewing and create several
projects to keep or to share. We will have 6 machines available
or you can bring your own. Space is limited. Call 229-8879 to
make your reservation.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (Ages: 3 - 6 years)
Mondays, July 16th, 23rd, 30th @ 11:00 a.m.
Stories, rhymes, songs, finger plays and activities!

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol

Libraries Rock! Children's Program (Ages: 3 - 10 years)
Thursdays, July 5th, 19th, and 26th @ 1:00 p.m. 

Introduction to Archaeology (Ages: 3 - 10 years)
Thursday, July 12th @ 1:00 p.m.
Presented by the Florida Public Archaeology Network

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 
TEEN Libraries Rock! Summer Programming
at Bay County Public Library
Sound Wave Art
Tuesday, July 10th @ 3:00 p.m. 
Design art from your own sound waves! Come prepared with a short (family friendly) sentence.

Anime Club
Monday, July 16th @ 4:00 p.m.
Watch anime and talk about manga!

Stranger Things
Tuesday, July 17th @ 3:00 p.m.
Are you a fan of Stranger Things? Join us for themed games, crafts, and snacks!

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Tuesday, July 24th @ 4:00 p.m.
Share a Non-Fiction title you've enjoyed! Snacks provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. 

Marvel vs DC
Saturday, July 28th @ 1 - 4 p.m.
An afternoon to celebrate Marvel and DC comics at the library. 
Sponsored by the Bay County Public Library Foundation.
Adult Libraries Rock! Summer Programming at Bay County Public Library

Ukulele Social Club 
Saturday, July 7th  @ 10 - 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.

Sheet Music Magnets & Rock Music Painting
Wednesday, July 11th @ 3:00 p.m.
Get your music-themed crafting on. Make magnets out of sheet
music and paint rocks inspired by music. Rock the town by
hiding your painted rocks all over town!

Beginning Dulcimer Class
Friday, July 27th  @ 1 - 3 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.
#Doglove Art Exhibit
Bay County Public Library

#DogLove art exhibit consist of pet portraits in watercolor by local artist, Krista Oneisom. This delightful exhibit of man's best friend will be on display at the Bay County Public Library for the month of July. Exhibit is free and on view during all open library hours.

Also on view will be clay pups made by Drake Turner Labs from Cleveland, Ohio. The small pup sculptures will be in the display case in the lobby.  

Bay County Public Library
Saturday, July 28th @ 1 - 4 p.m.

An afternoon to celebrate Marvel and DC comics at the library. Enjoy Marvel vs. DC themed games, crafts, and snacks! Learn about cosplay from Rachel Peeples. Jayson Kretzer will share the latest designs for his Marvel Sketch trading cards.  Costumes are encouraged at this all-ages event.
Program sponsored by the Bay County Public Library Foundation.
Book & Film Clubs

STEAM & Culture 
Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, July 2nd  @ 6 p.m.
Hillbilly Elegy: A memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

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

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, July 12th @ 10 a.m.
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

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

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, July 17th  @ 5:30 p.m.
Book/Film:  Wild by Cheryl Strayed (2014) Rated R

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.

Grace + Grub Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, July 18th @ 10:00 a.m.
Sweet as Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand

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, July 25th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: Deadpool   (2016) Rated R

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, July 11th @ 10:30 a.m.  
Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly

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, July 19th @ 1 p.m.
Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson 

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

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
No meeting in July.

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

Color + Crafts
Friday, June 1st @ 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.

Paint Like Bob Ross
Tuesday, July 10th @ 6:00 p.m.
Paint a scenic scene along with Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting. Supplies will be provided. Limited space. Please call 850-522-2100 or visit the library front desk to register.  

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.

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, July 23rd @ 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.
Library Holiday Closures

All Northwest Regional Library System locations will closed on:
July 4th for Independence Day
*Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on July 3rd.  
Animal Tales: Born to be Wild

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, July 12th @ 2:00 p.m.

Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, July 25th @ 2:00 p.m.

Animal Tales joins us with a variety of exotic wildlife from across the globe. These Rock'n Animals have unique vocal abilities that you won't want to miss! Program geared for school aged children.
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

The Sun Does Shine
by Anthony Ray Hinton

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison full of anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon-transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. 

The Outsider
by Stephen King

An unspeakable crime. An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

by David Sedaris

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.  This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris' darkest and warmest book yet-and it just might be his very best.

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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