Big Library Read: The Other Einstein

She’s the woman behind one of the most famous men of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein. Meet Mileva Marić, The Other Einstein. You can learn all about this remarkable woman by participating in the world’s largest global eBook library reading club, Big Library Read. Millions of readers around the world will read the eBook The Other Einstein at the same time beginning Monday, June 12 and concluding June 26. East Central Regional Library users will be able to borrow the eBook by visiting ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library.

The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict, offers a window into the fascinating story of Einstein’s first wife. A brilliant physicist in her own right, her contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. A historical fiction book, it offers readers a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook through their library. . The free program runs for two weeks and to get started reading, all you need is an East Central Regional Library card and password. The Other Einstein can be read on all major computers and devices without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees. To get started, borrow the eBook at ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library.

To join an online conversation about the book or for more information, visit

Big Library Read is sponsored by OverDrive and Sourcebooks.

May Teen Book Club Kit Highlight

May’s teen book club kit highlight is a National Book Award Winner, Challenger Deep by New York Times bestselling author, Neal Shusterman.  It’s an exploration of mental illness and a teenage boy who struggles with schizophrenia.  The book is based partly on the experiences of the author’s son, who is also the book’s illustrator.

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New Teen Book Club Kits at ECRL

Not only does East Central Regional Library have adult book club kits, we have book club kits for teens.  Each kit contains 12 copies of each title, and specific guides of the book for use by book club members.   These kits are great for teachers, youth leaders or anyone that wants to lead a teen book club.  Plus they make great choices for those adult book clubs looking for something new or wanting to branch out.

Recently over 25 new teen book club kits were added to our list.  We now have over 50 teen book club kits that may be borrowed from any ECRL branch.  For a list of all the kits go to

Each kit comes in a plastic tote box. ECRL Book Club Kits may be reserved up to one year in advance, and can be checked out for 6 weeks.  Stop by your local ECRL branch and reserve one today by filling out a book club request form.

This month we would like to highlight one of our teen book club kits, Salt to the Sea by Rita Septys.  It is an important novel that rings true with so many people today, the fight and flight of refugees.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

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Dig Deeper into Big Library Read


Have you finished reading a Murder in Time as part of the Big Library Read?  Here’s the Reading Group Guide. Comment below or join the discussion at

  1. We learn early on that Kendra’s relationship with her parents is complicated. How do you think her childhood experiences shaped her worldview, and how does that play into her relationships throughout the book?
  2. Even before Kendra falls back in time, she faces incredibly difficult situations. What are the qualities in Kendra that you admired the most? What is it about Kendra that allows her to persevere and adapt to a new time period?
  3. Arguably the most difficult adjustment for Kendra is learning to tolerate society’s ideas about what women can and cannot do in early 19th-century England. In what ways does she struggle against society’s dictates? Did you learn anything new about women’s (and men’s) lives at the beginning of the 19th century? Were there any particular historical details that stood out to you?
  4. 19th-century England was rigidly structured by class, but Kendra occupies a uniquely fluid position in the castle, befriending everyone from her fellow maid Rose to Lady Rebecca. Regardless of status, both Rose and Lady Rebecca face constrictions in their lives—what are the differences between the restrictions placed on the servant class and upper class women? Compare Kendra’s relationship with the two women—does she treat them differently?
  5. When Kendra falls back in time, she has no control over the time period in which she landed. If you were to be pulled back in time, what era would you most like to end up in? How would your individual skills in the modern world translate in your new surroundings? Which time period do you think that Kendra would pick for herself, given the choice?
  6. Kendra works hard to hide her modern origins from nearly everyone in her new time period and struggles to explain the term serial killer to her 19th-century audience, given that Jack the Ripper wouldn’t be around for another 73 years. In a similar situation, would you be tempted to reveal your modern identity? Would you talk to anyone about pivotal historical events that you knew were upcoming? Would you feel any ethical responsibility to try and prevent disastrous events or to explain modern inventions (basic medical innovations, etc.) or would you feel that it was safer to let history play out organically?