Local books feature history, recipes, gardening

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Looking for a unique present for the book-lover or history buff on your list, then look no further.

The Bay County Library’s Local History room, for instance, offers three recent historical collections for sale: “The Heritage of Bay County” (volumes 1 and 2) for $27 each; “Celebrating Bay’s Beginnings” for $40; and “History of Lynn Haven” for $30. The Local History Room is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 522-2132 for more information.

(“Celebrating Bay’s Beginnings,” a pictorial retrospective of the county’s history from 1900 to the 2000s, also is for sale at the front reception desk of The News Herald, 501 W. 11th St., for $42.95.)

In addition, the library’s Local History Room has several related items for sale, including Bay Line Depot cards for 50 cents each (three for $1), and Lighthouse book marks featuring artwork of dozens of lighthouses along the Florida coast ($3 each).

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Marlene Womack is walking storehouse of the local history, and her books are treasures. They include “Centennial Stories,” “The Magic of Cape San Blas” and “Anchor of the Bay.” Each is $29.95 and can be ordered through MarleneWomack.com.

Jeannie Weller Cooper’s “Panama City Beach: Tales from the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” is part of the American Chronicles, a History Press series; her title “The Cove: Panama City’s Neighborhood” is from the Images of America series of historical photo collections. Each book is $20 and can be ordered through Books-A-Million, or purchased locally at Books By the Sea or the Frame Shop in downtown Panama City.

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