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Big Library Read, June 17 – July 1, 2019

CLAMS patrons can travel through history along with millions of readers during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From June 17–July 1, 2019.

CLAMS Library Network “Enlists” in the Largest Global Digital Book Club

Wartime novel “A Dangerous Act of Kindness” available as ebook for two weeks with no waitlist or holds

CLAMS patrons can travel through history along with millions of readers during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From June 17–July 1, booklovers can borrow LP Fergusson’s harrowing wartime love story, A Dangerous Act of Kindness, from their public library as an ebook with no waitlists or holds. CLAMS readers may join by visiting https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/ or downloading the Libby app then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. More than 19,000 libraries around the world are participating.

Big Library Read is available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America and facilitated by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. A Dangerous Act of Kindness was named Highly Commended in the Caledonia Novel Award 2018 and chosen by a popular vote of readers and librarians worldwideto be the next Big Library Read.

“My family were voracious readers and each Saturday I would go with my mother to choose a book,” said author LP Fergusson. “I remember finding it hard to believe that I could take home any book I wanted for free. Even now, when I walk into a library, I’m struck with the same thought.” She added, “I have carried the story of A Dangerous Act of Kindnessl with me for decades and can finally share it with the world. Perhaps this story will inspire someone else to let their imagination fly.”

A Dangerous Act of Kindness tells the story ofwidow Millie Sanger, who finds injured enemy pilot Lukas Schiller on her farm during World War II. Compassionate Millie knows Lukas will be killed if discovered and makes the dangerous decision to offer him shelter from the storm. On opposite sides of the inescapable conflict, the two strangers forge an unexpected and passionate bond. But as the snow thaws, the relentless fury of World War II forces them apart, leaving only the haunting memories of what they shared, and an understanding that their secret must never see light.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. A Dangerous Act of Kindness is the 19th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. The free program runs for two weeks and only requires a CLAMS card to get started.

A Dangerous Act of Kindness can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [US libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read ebooks and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.

About Rakuten OverDrive

Rakuten OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Named one of TIME’s Best iPhone and Android Apps of 2018, Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. 

Contact:
David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Marketing Communications
dburleigh@overdrive.com

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Are you an ebook fan? Have you tried Libby?

All you need is your CLAMS card to get started.

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Our eBook Collection has now expanded statewide

Reciprocal lending now allows you to find and checkout materials in other networks for even more choices. Longer checkout options give you more time to finish books before returning them. https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/

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Big Library Read, April 1-15 2019

 

Big Library Read, April 1-15
Homes: a refugee story by Abu Baker

World’s Largest Digital Book Club Invites CLAMS Library Network Patrons to Embark on an Extraordinary Journey

Nonfiction Award Finalist “Homes: A Refugee Story” ebook available for two weeks with no waitlist or holds

Join #BigLibraryRead, the largest global eBook club! 📖All you need is a library card 📚

Alongside thousands of readers worldwide, CLAMS patrons can discover a remarkable true story through the largest global digital book club, Big Library Read. From April 1–15, booklovers can borrow, read and discuss Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung’s heartbreaking yet hopeful Homes: A Refugee Story ebook from their public library with no waitlists or holds. CLAMS Library Network readers may join by visiting https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/ or downloading the Libby app. More than 19,000 libraries around the world are participating.

Big Library Read is available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America and facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. Homes: A Refugee Story, a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award finalist for nonfiction,was chosen by a popular vote of readers and librarians worldwide.

“It brings such joy to Abu Bakr and me that his wish of wanting to tell the world of Syria’s plight is being fulfilled in such a far-reaching way,” said author Winnie Yeung. “For this is the magic of books: they don’t just feed our imaginations, they build bridges of understanding. The relationship of sharing, receiving and honoring each other is the true gift of storytelling —something I am so grateful to be a partner in.”

Homes: A Refugee Story chronicles the struggles of the al Rabeeah family who left their home in Iraq for Syria in hope of a safer life – just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtaposition of growing up as a typical teenager in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. Homes: A Refugee Story is the 18th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. The free program runs for two weeks and only requires a CLAMS Library Network card to get started.

Homes: A Refugee Story can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [US libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read ebooks and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.


About Rakuten OverDrive

Rakuten OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Named one of TIME’s Best iPhone and Android Apps of 2018, Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. 

Contact:
David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Marketing Communications
dburleigh@overdrive.com

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Big Library Read October 1 – 15 2018

October 2018 Big Library Read

No Holds, No Waitlist for Historical Fantasy Ebook as The CLAMS Library Network Joins world’s largest digital book club

Join #BigLibraryRead, the largest global eBook club! 📖
All you need is a library card 📚

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Tor Delays Library eBook Lending

Tor Books has changed their policy for library eBook availability. Tor titles will now be delayed for library availability for 4 months from their release date, starting with July 2018 releases. The library community is dismayed and disappointed in Tor’s decision. Library eBook suppliers (OverDrive) are in ongoing and active dialogue with Tor to provide data and information to advocate a policy change.

You may contact Tor directly to provide your feedback here elending.feedback@macmillan.com 

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Big Library Read July 9-23 2018

The CLAMS Library Network will once again participate in, Big Library Read, world’s largest digital book club

Join #BigLibraryRead, the largest global eBook club! 📖
All you need is a library card 📚

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Commonwealth eBook Collections is Evolving

Commonwealth eBook Collections is evolving! 

Following a procurement process in 2017, Commonwealth eBook Collections has selected OverDrive as its new eBook platform. OverDrive replaces Axis 360.  90% of the Axis 360 content will move to the new OverDrive service.  Biblioboard, and eBook Central will no longer be offered. Continue reading

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Digital Media Checkout Challenge 2017

Digital Dash Checkout Challenge 2017

Digital Dash – Checkout Challenge

The CLAMS Library Network is on a mission: Get more people to try digital reading!

While we have offered eBooks and eAudiobooks to the community through our partnership with OverDrive for 8 years, we know that many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to thousands of FREE digital titles.

Throughout the rest of this year, the CLAMS Library Network is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” checkout challenge.

Our 2017 total checkout goal for OverDrive is: 325,572
Right now, we’re 79% to that goal.

12/19/2017 UPDATE
We’re currently at 301,924 checkouts and 92.7% to that goal!

87 Percent to Goal

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Big Library Read October 12th – October 26th, 2017

October Big Library Read

 

Join #BigLibraryRead, the largest global eBook club! 📖

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