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World’s largest digital book

club welcomes local readers

STEUBENVILLE — Area residents can join millions of others around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller e-book and audiobook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club.

From Monday through Aug. 17, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s “The Darwin Affair” from their public library.

Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County readers can solve the mystery from home — with a valid library card and no waiting — by visiting www.steubenvillelibrary.org or downloading the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/

Big Library Read is available in more than 22,000 libraries around the world, including more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America, which has resulted in extensive online conversations during past programs, explained Jennifer Cesta, public relations coordinator for the local library system. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular e-books, audiobooks and magazines.

The historical fiction novel “The Darwin Affair” takes place in London during June 1860. “When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot,” a news release notes. “Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial ‘On the Origin of Species’ sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden.”

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an e-book through public libraries. “The Darwin Affair” is the 22nd 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 three weeks and only requires a library card to get started.

“The Darwin Affair” was published by Algonquin Books and 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 also can “send to Kindle.” The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, download the Libby app, visit biglibraryread.com.

WVDA warns public about

receiving unsolicited seeds

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is warning people about seeds they may have received through the mail without purchasing or requesting them.

State Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said, “Like other states, we have been made aware of reports from people in West Virginia that have received seeds in the mail that they did not order. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock. We are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the proper recourse for such seeds.”

Officials in many states have received reports of the seeds, which some say appear to originate from China, and are trying to determine whether they are a concern.

Leonhardt said as a precaution, recipients shouldn’t plant them.

“If you have received seeds from another country, do not plant them if they are in a sealed package and do not open the sealed package. Keep the seeds and packaging and contact the WVDA,” he said.

For information or to report unsolicited seeds, call (304) 558-2226.

Wintersville High School

All-Class Reunion canceled

WINTERSVILLE — The Wintersville High School All-Class Reunion that would have been held on Aug. 15 at Aladdin Land in Reeds Mill, Wintersville, has been canceled.

St. Mark Lutheran Church

having yard sale Saturday

STEUBENVILLE — St. Mark Lutheran Church, located at 133 Lovers Lane, will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The sale will feature a variety of household items, fishing equipment, clothes, furniture and crafts. Masks are required.

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