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.

The #BigLibraryRead with Overdrive and Libby!

Check out November’s Big Library Read! This virtual book club run by Overdrive allows thousands of library patrons like you to check out the same e-book at the same time without any holds or wait lists!

This November, join thousands of other Overdrive and Libby users as we read Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards together! This wild, heart-pounding thriller is sure to keep those (virtual) pages turning. So, cozy up with a new book as the weather gets colder and get reading! Use the hashtag #BigLibraryRead on social media for a chance to win Libby swag, a tablet, and signed books by the author!

If you are new to Overdrive or Libby and would like assistance in setting up your account, please contact the Aurora or Dillsboro Public Libraries or speak to a librarian. We’re here to help!

What Makes Big Library Read so Special?

Big Library Read squareDid you know, Big Library Read is the first global eBook club. Big Library Read (BLR) is a reading program offered by the library that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time with no wait lists or holds. It’s easy to join, the program is free and all you need is your library card! During March 17th – 31st, 2016 visit the library website.  Click on the digital downloads link, search the title and click borrow, it’s that easy.

The book everyone will be reading and talking about is:

American Sniper by Chris Kyle
The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six academy awards, including best picture.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.