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July 2019
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Featured Items 
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew us to the Moon
by Charles Fishman

In One Giant Leap, Charles Fishman introduces readers to the men and women tasked with putting a man on the moon. From the halls of MIT, where the eccentric and legendary digital pioneer Charles Draper created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, Fishman captures the sweeping achievement of these ordinary Americans. This is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we know it--their leaders, their triumphs, their near disasters, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story of the twentieth century.
City of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down. Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is."
Mrs. Everything
by Jennifer Weiner

A smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters' lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places--and be true to themselves--in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history--and herstory--as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.
by Blake Crouch

Investigating a suicide, New York City police officer Barry Sutton finds a connection to the outbreak of a memory-altering disease and a controversial neuroscientist working to preserve precious memories. 
Queen Bee
by Dorothea Benton Frank
A woman wounded by her past comes to Sullivan's Island, South Carolina to find new meaning in life and to find herself. As she takes up a new hobby of beekeeping, she begins to come into her own and rebuild her life. When a new friend comes in and she finally allows for something more than just "friendship," everyone will realize that life could use a little taste of sweetness.

The British are Coming
by Rick Atkinson
Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. Rick Atkinson marries the classical traditions of history with a voice that is fundamentally modernist, that is ironic and skeptical, while observing the most rigorous conventions of scholarship. With the support of previously unused materials and extensive original research from the US as well as Germany, France and England, Rick Atkinson writes an epic narrative of this forgotten yet pivotal time in history.

by Neal Stephenson
While Richard 'Dodge' Forthrast undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support ... Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge's family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud. In the coming years, technology allows Dodge's brain to be turned back on. An eternal afterlife--the Bitworld--is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls. But this brave new immortal world is not the utopia it might first seem. 
The Summer Guests
by Mary Alice Monroe
When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together. During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn't what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it's what they'll take with them once they leave.
The Conservative Sensibility
by George F. Will
For more than four decades, George F. Will has attempted to discern the principles of the Western political tradition and apply them to America's civic life. Today, the stakes could hardly be higher. Vital questions about the nature of man, of rights, of equality, of majority rule are bubbling just beneath the surface of daily events in America. The Founders' vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the Constitution, gave the new republic a framework for government unique in world history. Their beliefs in natural rights, limited government, religious freedom, and in human virtue and dignity ushered in two centuries of American prosperity. Now conservatism is under threat--both from progressives and elements inside the Republican Party. Congress has failed in its duty to exercise its legislative powers. And the executive branch has slipped the Constitution's leash. It's time to reverse America's political fortunes.
Naturally Tan
 by Tan France
In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of Netflix's Queer Eye tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional Muslim family, as one of the few people of color in Doncaster, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style ), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life--a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
 by David Epstein
Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. But a closer look at research on the world's top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. He discovered that in most fields, generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see.
The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. 
 by James Patterson
FBI agent Emmy Dockery is absolutely relentless. She's young and driven, and her unique skill at seeing connections others miss has brought her an impressive string of arrests. But a shocking new case-unfolding across the country-has left her utterly baffled. The victims all appear to have died by accident, and have seemingly nothing in common. But this many deaths can't be coincidence. And the killer is somehow one step ahead of every move Dockery makes. How? To FBI Internal Affairs special agent, Harrison "Books" Bookman, everyone in the FBI is a suspect - particularly Emmy Dockery (the fact that she's his ex-wife doesn't make it easier). But someone else is watching Dockery. Studying, learning, waiting. Until it's the perfect time to strike.
Tom Clancy: 
Enemy Contact
 by Mike Maden
After a mission in Poland where he barely escaped with his life, Jack Ryan Jr. finds his life in danger again while trying to fulfill an old friend's dying wish to be scattered on a Chilean hillside.

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Galaxy Gala

Bay County Public Library
Saturday, July 27th @ 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

An afternoon to celebrate Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who, and more at the library. Enjoy intergalactic games, crafts, and snacks! Space Fandom costumes are encouraged. Plenty of fun photo opportunities. Family friendly program geared for all ages!

Guests include:
Panama City Publishing Museum with Death Star Print Station
Emerald Coast Revengers Cosplay Group
WonderWorks Panama City Beach
Area 51 Tattoo Company
501st Legion Stormtroopers
Kat Kan

Sponsored by the Bay County Public Library Foundation.
Film: The City Dark

Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, July 16th @ 5:30 p.m.

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Club will screen The City Dark  (2011) as part of the A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Programming. Documentary filmmaker, Ian Cheney, travels the world to explore the story of light pollution and the disappearing stars. 


The paired book is The End of Night  by Paul Bogard. There will be a short, post-film discussion led by Khelsea (Reference Librarian and NASA Solar System Ambassador). Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.  
Youth  Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Read, Rock, & Rhyme Time (Ages 3 - 5) 
Thursday, July 11th @ 10:30 a.m.    
Thursday, July 18th @ 10:30 a.m.   

Blast Off with A Universe of Stories
Thursday, June 11th @ 2:00 p.m.
Come explore the universe with Sandra and Tania as they spin tales of aliens and space travel!

Out of this World Talent Show
Thursday, July 18th @ 2:00 p.m.
Come join us and watch some of Bay County's most talented youth share their talents.  Music, comedy, dance and much more! There is space for 20 acts. Register by July 1st to show your talent. 

Galaxy Gala
Saturday, July 27th @ 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
An afternoon to celebrate Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, and more. Enjoy intergalactic games, crafts, and guests! Costumes
are encouraged. Sponsored by the Bay County Public Library Foundation.

Panama City Beach Public Library 

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

Code Club for Kids (Ages 8 - 14)
Thursdays @ 3:30 p.m. 
Learn how to make apps, games, and websites while gaining skills needed for college and career readiness and life success. 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 of Rural and Small Libraries.

Astronomy Event
Wednesday, July 3rd @ 1:00  p.m.
Join us to learn about our awesome universe, how to use a telescope, and create a constellation craft!  
Program funded by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

All About the Sun
Wednesday, July 10th @ 1:00 p.m.
Learn about the sun from our friends at Camp Helen State Park. Create your own suncatcher! Program funded by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

Wonderworks Celebration
Wednesday, July 17th @ 10 a.m.
Join us at WonderWorks for an exciting adventure in science! 
Program funded by the Panama City Beach Library Foundation.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Stay tuned for Fall Programming.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Early Literacy Tiny Mites (Ages 2 - 5)
A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program
Monday, July 8th @ 11:00 a.m.  Take Me to your Reader
Monday, July 15th @ 11:00 a.m.  Shoot for the Moon
Monday, July 22nd @ 11:00 a.m.  A Sky Full of Stories
Monday, July 29th @ 11:00 a.m.  Out of this World

FLYP (Ages 6 - 11)
A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program
Friday, July 12th @ 3:00 p.m.  Blast Off
Friday, July 19th @ 3:00 p.m.  Paint the Sky
Friday, July 26th @ 3:00 p.m.  Astronaut Training

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. EST
Pilcrow Foundation Children's Book Project: Disaster Relief Grant

The Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka has been awarded a Pilcrow Foundation Disaster Relief Grant. The Children's Book Project: Disaster Relief Grant provides $800 in new, hardcover children's books from the Pilcrow Foundation (pictured above). The new books are being cataloged now and added to the library collection!!

A special thanks to Vicki Abrams and Tom Curtis of the Disaster Recovery Committee for sharing the grant information with the library.
Sidewalk Stargazing at Your Library

Bay County Public Library
Stargazing Apps
Monday, July 15th @ 5:30 p.m. 
Bring your Smart phone for an introduction to Stargazing Apps!  

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Saturn, Jupiter, and Constellations
Friday, July 19th @ 9:30 p.m. EST 

Can you find and name the constellations above the library? Join us to learn how to observe the night skies with the naked eye. Please feel free to bring a telescope, binoculars, and small flashlight. All ages are welcome. Check the Port St. Joe Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library Facebook event page for up-to-date information.

This is an outdoor event. Dress accordingly. In the event of poor weather conditions, the event will be canceled.
Bay County Public Library
Teen Programming 
For preteens and teens ages 11 and up.

Anime Afternoon 
Tuesday, July 2nd @ 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour of anime episodes with prize giveaways! Program in partnership with Funimation.

Watercolor Galaxies
Tuesday, July 9th @ 2:00 p.m.
Paint tiny galaxies using watercolor and salt! Program for teens & adults. 

Doctor Who Day
Tuesday, July 16th @ 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Calling all teen Whovians to join us for an afternoon of
Doctor Who fun! There will be games, crafts, trivia, and
snacks! Cosplay is welcome.

Galaxy Gala
Saturday, July 27th @ 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
An afternoon to celebrate Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, and more. Enjoy intergalactic games, crafts,  and guests! Costumes are encouraged. All ages program.  Sponsored by the  Bay County Public Library Foundation.

Book Dragons
Monday, July 29th @ 2:00 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. 
Friends Presents Concert Series

Bay County Public Library
Thursday, July 11th @ 6:00 p.m. EST

Plutonian Burrito is a local improvisational duo (Charles Pagano and  Scott Bazar) who create experimental, ambient movie music.  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. Visit for  upcoming events sponsored by the Friends.
ArtistWorks for Libraries

The ArtistWorks online database provides unlimited access to step-by-step instruction for music, voice, and fine arts classes. All you need is your library card and internet access to create your account and begin free lessons today! 

Additional instructions are available - click this link .

This service is sponsored by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews through their Gift of Music.
Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Pens & Needles
Friday, July 5th  @ 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, July 5th @ 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, July 6th @ 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, July 8th @ 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French at the library. No previous knowledge required. 

Watercolor Galaxies
Tuesday, July 9th @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn how to paint tiny galaxies using watercolor and salt! Program for teens & adults.

Friends Presents Concert: Plutonian Burrito
Thursday, July 11th @ 6:00 p.m.
Program is a family-friendly, after hours library concert. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Sidewalk Stargazing @ Your Library: Stargazing Apps
Monday, July 15th @ 5:30 p.m.
Bring your Smart phone for an introduction to Stargazing Apps!

Mountain Dulcimer Class
Friday, July 19th @ 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. 

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.

Beginner Ukulele & Mountain Dulcimer
Individuals or small groups wanting to learn to play the ukulele or dulcimer can schedule a one-hour session with an instrument tutor at the Bay County Public Library. Bring your own instrument or one will be provided. Learn about the instrument, how to hod it, how to strum, how to tune, and learn to play a beginner song. To book a session, contact Sarah at 850-522-2120 or 

All  Bay County Public Library  p rograms will be held in the Youth Services Programming Room unless otherwise noted.

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

Sidewalk Stargazing: Saturn, Jupiter, and Constellations
Friday, July 19th @ 9:30 p.m. EST
Dress appropriately for an outdoor program. Bring binoculars or a personal telescope if you can. If poor sky-viewing conditions are present, the event will be canceled. Follow the event on Facebook. 

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

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, July 8th  at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 2nd Monday of the month we play Bingo. 

Hosford Quilting Class
Saturday, July 13th @ 12:00 p.m. EST
Learn how to quilt! 
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.

Family Game Nights: Pictionary
Monday, July 22nd at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
Every 4th Monday of the month we play Pictionary. 
Book & Film Clubs
Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday,  July 3rd  @ 10:30 a.m.
The Great Alone  by Kristen Hannah

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

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, July 11th @ 11:30 a.m.
News of the World  by Paulette Jiles

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

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

Tuesday, July 16th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: The City Dark (2011) 
Book: The End of Night by Paul Bogard

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, July 9th 
A beginner class to introduce you to the computer.

Internet Basics
Thursday, July 11th 
A beginner class to learn how to safely explore the internet.

Google Docs
Tuesday, July 23rd 
An introduction to Google Docs, which allows you to create text based documents online for personal use or collaborations. All you need is a Google account. 

Thursday, July 25th 
Learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library's Overdrive/Libby collection. Bring your electronic device, your library card and 4-digit pin. 
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks 

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

Daisy Jones & the Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it's the rock 'n' roll she loves most. By the time she's twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of  beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Midnight in Chernobyl
by Adam Higginbotham

Journalist Adam Higginbotham's definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster-and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century's greatest disasters.
Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history's worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.

Sunset Beach
by Mary Kay Andrews

Drue Campbell's life has recently been derailed. The only thing she has left is the house her mother left her: a beach bungalow with a missing roof in the once-sleepy town of Sunset Beach, which is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the rich and well-heeled. When Drue's father unexpectedly turns up at her mother's funeral and offers her a job at his law firm, Drue doesn't know whether to be grateful or resentful that he has suddenly reappeared. She grudgingly accepts the job sifting through cold callers and shysters looking to get rich quick. But when her attention is caught by a suspicious murder case, Drue finds herself entangled in a decades-old mystery - one that may have dire consequences for Drue and the people she loves. 

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.