Big Library Read

The Aurora Public Library District is exploring recent American history through a musical lens with a New York Times bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From April 4-18, booklovers can join over a hundred thousand others around the world in reading Questlove’s thought-provoking Music Is History from their public library. Card holders at the Aurora Public Library District can borrow the famous musician’s ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.

Big Library Read is available in over 21,000 libraries and hundreds of colleges around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During the program, readers participate in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Music Is History focuses on the years 1971 to the present as Questlove finds the hidden connections in the American “tapes- try”, whether investigating how the blaxploitation era reshaped Black identity or considering the way disco took an assembly-line approach to Black genius. These critical inquiries are complemented by his own memories as a music fan, and the way his appetite for pop culture taught him about America. A history of the last half-century and an intimate conversation with one of music’s most influential and original voices, Music Is History is a singular look at contemporary America.