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What is Big Library Read?

Join the fun! Big Library Read is the first-ever “global eBook club,” connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook at the same time. Over the past year, thousands of libraries, schools and millions of people around the world have embraced the program.

Here’s how it works: Program sponsor, OverDrive, teams with noted eBook publishers to make two popular eBooks available to public libraries and schools for lending. During the two-week program, the Big Library Read titles are available to borrow through participating libraries and schools. It’s free and there’s never a waiting list during the program. All you need is a library card or student ID to get started reading in this international eBook club.

Next Big Library Read: October 7 – 21, 2015

Selected titles for the next Big Library Read:

THE DOOR IN THE HEDGE

by Robin McKinley

Suitable for ages 10 and up.
“The last mortal kingdom before the unmeasured sweep of Faerieland begins has at best held an uneasy truce with its unpredictable neighbor. There is nothing to show a boundary, at least on the mortal side of it; and if any ordinary human creature ever saw a faerie—or at any rate recognized one—it was never mentioned; but the existence of the


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IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS

by Cat Winters

Suitable for ages 14 and up.
Note: Contains mature themes/language.

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock


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