HCTPL launches participation in Big Library Read

The Huntington City-Township Public Lib-rary has launched its participation in the digital Big Library Read program, in which library card holders may borrow and read the mystery e-book "A Pedigree to Die For" by going to nidl.lib.over drive.com.

The book is the first in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series by Laurien Berenson.

The Big Library Read, which continues through June 18, is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited, simultaneous access to a popular title, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able to borrow "A Pedigree to Die For" using a valid library card and read it on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android devices and Kindles without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees.

In conjunction with the Big Library Read, HCTPL has debuted a new summer reading club feature for adults:  the ability to register online for summer reading club, and to submit entries online for each item they check out of the library, whether it's a physical library item or a digital one.

"We are excited about this summer's Big Read because we're hoping it will give adults an additional reason to take a look at our digital collection of e-books and eaudiobooks as a part of our annual summer reading program," says Kathy Holst, library director.  "And recently, NIDL, our e-book consortium, has greatly increased the quantity and quality of titles in our digital collections for teens and children as well. And every single item in our digital collection counts as credit in our summer reading programs for all ages."
The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of e-books and more to libraries, and Kensington Publishing Corp., publisher of Berenson's mystery.

Huntington City-Township Public Library has partnered with six other public libraries to form the Northeast Indiana Digital Library consortium (NI-DL).  By combining resources and creating a shared digital collection, these seven libraries have maximized their buying power to provide the greatest possible variety for their patrons at the lowest cost.

Other member libraries in the NIDL consortium include Berne Public Library, Eckhart Public Library in Auburn, Fremont Public Library, Nappanee Public Library, North Manchester Public Library and Wells County Public Library in Bluffton.