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Thursday, 05 July 2018 10:33

Use your library card for a temporary escape

Written by  Staff Writer

BELOIT — Reading and technology come together for an epic event this month during the Big Library Read.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook through the library.

Inspired by “Pride and Prejudice,” the featured book is “Cowboy Pride” by Lacy Williams. Williams is the USA Today bestselling author of the Wyoming Legacy and Cowboy Fairytales series.

From Monday, July 9 through Monday, July 23, Rock County public library users will be able to borrow the eBook format of the title with no wait lists or holds. Readers can take part in the two-week program by using the app or website for either the OverDrive or Libby digital library service.

OverDrive offers eBooks, eAudiobooks and streaming video via its OverDrive app or at wplc.overdrive.com. Libby offers eBooks and eAudiobooks through its Libby app or at libbyapp.com.

“Cowboy Pride,” the third installment of Wyoming Legacy, is a love story where hearts and emotions get tangled, and first impressions count. It’s a contemporary romance that serves as an escape from reality for readers.

“Current technology allows us nearly unlimited access to information, including books. So many books,” Williams said in a news release. “I’m not sure at what age I first read ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ My early teens, probably. I’ve read it numerous times through the years.”

Readers can join an online discussion about the book at BigLibraryRead.com.

To get started reading, all that’s needed is a library card from any of the seven Rock County public libraries: Beloit Public Library, Clinton Public Library, Eager Free Public Library (Evansville), Edgerton Public Library, Hedberg Public Library (Janesville), Milton Public Library or Orfordville Public Library.

“Cowboy Pride” can be read on all major devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook and Kindle, without worry about wait lists or holds. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
“We’re encouraging patrons and staff to participate in OverDrive’s Big Library Read program this July,” Steve Platteter, Arrowhead Library System director, said in the news release. “It’s such an easy and fun introduction to eBooks and book clubs there’s very little reason not to read the free book and discuss a few of the questions online (at discuss.biglibraryread.com).”

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