The Big Library Read


Celebrating the ‘Big Library Read’

By: Kristin Bennett

Director of Library Services


The ‘Big Library Read’ is an annual event sponsored by Overdrive, the largest ebook platform provider for schools and libraries. Each year librarians and teachers pick a new Young Adult title to be the ‘Big Library Read’. This book then becomes available for unlimited check out through the Overdrive platforms. The goal of this program it to create a global ebook club connecting millions of readers across the world.

This year’s selection is ‘This is Where it Ends’ by Marieke Nijkamp. “Told from four perspectives over the course of 54 harrowing minutes, the students of a fictional high school (Opportunity High) struggle to both survive and understand why one boy started shooting at 10:00 am. This is Where it Ends is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Bestseller, a Barnes and Noble Top Pick and an ABC Best Book for young readers.” (Team Overdrive).

Past titles for the ‘Big Library Read’ are ‘American Sniper’ by Chris Kyle, ‘The Door in the Hedge’ by Robin McKinley, and ‘In the Shadow of the Blackbird’ by Cat Winters. The ‘Big Library Read’ runs from October 13th-27th. During this time the current title ‘This is Where it Ends’ will be available for check-out on the Henry County Library’s ebook platform Missouri Libraries 2 Go. Patrons can check this book out without having to wait for availability or put it on hold. The link to use to get this book is You must have a current library card in order to check out this ebook.

The ‘Big Library Read’ program is intended to bring readers together to read and discuss a popular young adult title. If you are interested in finding out more about this program please visit . On this web-site you can join in discussions about this book with other readers from around the world and even find other titles similar to ‘This is Where it Ends’ if you enjoyed that title and want to read others like it.