Online Discussion for #BigLibraryRead

In case you missed it, the Big Library Read is back! Big Library Read is an online global book club coordinated by Overdrive, where customers from libraries all over the world have simultaneous access to the same eBook at the same time – no waitlists or holds! It is typically offered 3-4 times/year.

This time around we are reading Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, by Laura Bates, which is the true story of a female professor, a super maximum security prisoner, and how Shakespeare saved them both. Bates’ Shakespeare in Shackles program has been lauded by academics and prison communities alike.

The first few discussion questions have been posted at, and there have already been over 200 comments! Many people, including myself, have been pleasantly surprised. This book is not one that I would have been likely to choose for myself, so I’m happy that Overdrive and Big Library Read put in on my radar. Aren’t book clubs the best!?!?! There is also some discussion happening on Twitter, which you can follow at #BigLibraryRead.

If you have not yet started the book but would like to, there’s still plenty of time! You can download it immediately up until March 31st; after that time you may need to place a hold, depending on availability. If you’re intrigued by the title but eBooks aren’t your thing, you can reserve a print copy online through our Library Catalogue. HAPPY READING!

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