The Big Library Read, June 3-18: A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson
Huntington City-Township Public Library has launched its participation in the digital Big Library Read program, in which library card holders may borrow and read the mystery eBook A Pedigree to Die For, Book 1 of the Melanie Travis Mystery Series by Laurien Berenson, by going to nidl.lib.overdrive.com.
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 ebooks and eaudiobooks as a part of our annual summer reading program. And recently, NIDL, our eBook consortium, has greatly increased the quantity and quality of titles in our digital collections for teens and children as well,” said Kathy Holst, library director. “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 eBooks 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 (NIDL). 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.
About the book, A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson
The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooch—a pedigreed poodle named Beau.
Enter Melanie Travis. With her young son happily ensconced in day camp, the 30-something teacher and single mother is talked into investigating her uncle’s death—unofficially, of course. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut’s elite canine competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder Sam Driver. But her affection cools when she’s put on the scent of Sam’s questionable past . . . and hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn’t ready to come to heel.
About the author
Laurien Berenson is an award-winning author. She’s most noted for her Melanie Travis series of murder mysteries based on school teacher Melanie Travis who owns and shows full-size pedigree Standard Poodles. The series includes: Doggie Day Care Murder, Hounded To Death, Chow Down, and Raining Cats & Dogs. Berenson is an Agatha and Macavity nominee, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and a four-time winner of the Maxwell Award which is presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. She lives in Kentucky with her family.