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Brooke Library encourages participation in ‘Big Read’

Those finding themselves spending much of their time at home can join thousands of others in taking part in the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club, which will take place next week, said officials with the Brooke County Public Library.

The library is among more than 22,000 libraries and schools promoting the event, which starts today and continues through April 13. It allows readers to access stand-up comic Michael McCreary’s memoir, “Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic” through e-book or audiobook with no waitlists.

Using a variety of e-devices, Brooke County Library patrons can join by visiting wvreads.overdrive.com or downloading the Libby app, then discuss it online with others at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com. At the end of the event, the title will automatically expire.

In his book McCreary points out that autism is different for many on the autism spectrum of disorders. He was diagnosed at age 5 and got the performance bug not much later. While in middle school, he recorded his difficult experiences in a journal and learned to overcome them by finding the humor in them.

Facilitated by Rakuten OverDrive, a digital platform for e-books audiobooks and magazines, the Big Library Read started in 2013, with three events each year. For information, visit biglibraryread.com.

Alexandra Schneider, director of the Brooke County Library, said while the library and its Follansbee branch have been closed because of the coronavirus, patrons can access a wide variety of e-books and audibooks through wvreads.overdrive.com.

Beginning Wednesday, library cardholders will have access to a digital magazine service called RBdigital, which features features full-color, digital magazines for instant desktop reading, mobile streaming and mobile-app download. Through it, patrons can access new and back issues with no checkout periods and no limit to the number of magazines.

Schneider said the library’s board had been looking into the service for a while, noting circulation of periodicals there had declined while a growing number of patrons were using their library cards to access e-books. “With the option we chose, we have access to a couple thousand magazines in different genres, languages and content options. It further allowed patrons to access a magazine at the same time as other patrons. On top of that all, usage can be done right on a mobile phone, tablet or iPad, and even by using a computer,” she said.

Patrons can use their library cards to set up an account with the service at https://brookewv.rbdigital.com.

The library’s Facebook page offers tutorials and other virtual programming.

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