Big Library Read: Mystery with a Twist


It’s time for another Big Library Read!  This Big Library Read program allows readers to borrow A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain in eBook format from ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library without wait lists or holds June 23rd – July 7th.

BLR-FB-graphicBig Library Read is the world’s largest global eBook reading club that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with the same eBook at the same time.

A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born.  At its core, Julie McElwain’s debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.

It’s easy to join! To get started, all you need is an ECRL library card and password/PIN. A Murder in Time 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.

Big Library Read is made possible through a partnership between ECRL, OverDrive and Pegasus Books, publisher of A Murder in Time. The title was selected based on a survey of more than 20,000 library readers. To borrow the eBook, visit ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library.

For more information on Big Library Read, visit

The eBook everyone is enjoying

Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates
For the 6th time, East Central Regional Library is excited to participate in Big Library ReadBig Library Read is the international program which makes a popular eBook available to all users whose libraries have an OverDrive-powered Digital Library during the program dates, creating a virtual, global eBook club.   
This time, users will be able to borrow the eBook Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates using an East Central Regional Library card and read on all major computers and devices, without worrying about wait lists or holds, from March 17 -April 1st by visiting ECRL’s Digital Library.

About the book
Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Batesthought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.
Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.

Subject: Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction

Formats: eBook in Kindle, EPUB, OverDrive Read, & PDF

About the author

Laura Bates has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Shakespeare studies. She is Professor of English at Indiana State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Shakespeare. For more than 25 years she has also taught in prison. She created the world’s first Shakespeare program in supermax—the long-term solitary confinement unit. Her work has been featured in local and national media, including two segments on MSNBC-TV’s Lock Up.
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To get even more engaged, download the Discussion Guide PDF.

Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive and Sourcebooks, publisher of Laura Bates’ autobiography. To borrow the eBook version of Shakespeare Saved My Life as part of Big Library Read, visit ECRL’s Digital Library.

Sarah Hawkins, Resource Librarian