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Big Library Read

No Holds, No Waitlist for Historical Fantasy Ebook as Waller County Library System Joins Largest Digital Book Club: Patrons can enjoy Katherine Locke’s “The Girl with the Red Balloon” ebook for two weeks with no waitlist
Big Library Read

Waller County Library patrons can join thousands of readers worldwide in the largest global digital book club, Big Library Read, through the library. From October 1-15, book lovers can borrow, read and discuss award-winning author Katherine Locke’s The Girl with the Red Balloon ebook with no wait lists or holds by visiting https://pwdl.overdrive.com/pwdl-waller/content or downloading the Libby app. More than 19,000 libraries and schools around the world are participating.

Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for ebooks, audio books and magazines available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in the US and Canada. The Girl with the Red Balloon was chosen by a popular vote of readers and librarians.

The Girl with the Red Balloon tells the story of sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum who accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin and becomes caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie's time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Girl with the Red Balloon is the 17th 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 two weeks and only requires a Waller County Library card to get started. The Girl with the Red Balloon can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® [US libraries only] without wait lists or holds. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read ebooks and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.

About Rakuten OverDrive and Libby
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Named one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2017, the award-winning Libby is the "one-tap reading app" for libraries. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 40,000 libraries and schools in 70 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com