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BIG LIBRARY READ: Dayton Participates in Worldwide Digital Reading Club

Dayton Metro Library is among 19,000 libraries around the world that will participate in Big Library Read April 1 - 15. Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with one eBook title. This session focuses on the nonfiction book Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung. This title will be available in eBook format, with no waitlists or holds through OverDrive.

homesHomes: A Refugee Story chronicles the struggles of the al Rabeeah family who left their home in Iraq for Syria in hope of a safer life – just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was 10 when the violence began on the streets around him. Homes tells of the strange juxtaposition of growing up as a typical teenager in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

Homes: A Refugee Story can be read on computers and devices through Libby or, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle.” The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

“Big Library Read is an exciting way for individuals from across the country, and even internationally, to share a common reading experience,” said Holly Varley, Collection Development Director for Dayton Metro Library. “We encourage our readers to borrow a digital version of the title April 1-15, then delve into the online discussion that will be taking place.”

Facilitated by OverDrive, an eBook and audiobook platform, Big Library Read takes place three times each year. Homes: A Refugee Story is the 18th selection for the program, which began in 2013. The free program runs for two weeks and only requires a Dayton Metro Library card to participate. Readers are encouraged to join an online discussion about the book at

For more information call 937.463.2665, or visit

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