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.

New Kids and Teen OverDrive websites

Introduce your kids and teens to East Central Regional Library’s Kids and Teen Collections of digital titles!

East Central Regional Library has expanded its services with new digital library experiences just for kids and teens. The main digital collection, which can be accessed by the East Central Regional Library collection in the OverDrive app or by visiting http:/, now offers a way to provide safe and easy browsing experiences just for kids and teens.

The Kids collection filters the digital site to only show Children’s content, and the Teen collection filters the digital site to only show Young Adult content.  This filtering gets kids and teens to the titles they want faster!  These appealing and user-friendly collections contain eBooks and eAudiobooks, including popular titles such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

Kids and teens need a safe environment to browse the library. Just as children and teens have their own sections of the physical branch libraries, now they too have their own section of the ECRL Digital Library!

These new age-friendly digital spaces are free to use with an ECRL library card and password. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, with no late fees.

More Big Library Read

Marieke Nijkamp is the author of the current Big Library Read.  She is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek. She holds degrees in philosophy, history, and medieval studies, and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, DiversifYA, and YA Misfits. She lives in the Netherlands. This Is Where It Ends is her first book; borrow it now from ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library!

Can’t get enough Marieke Nijkamp? Hear her discuss This Is Where It Ends on the OverDrive Professional Book Nerds podcast. Her first episode was in January 2016, the first ever author interview on the podcast, where she discusses the importance of diversity in books and her inspiration for the book. On the latest episode, she shared how her life has changed since becoming a #1 New York Times bestseller and why she thinks her book has been resonating with readers all around the world. Check out both episodes to hear her story!

January 2016 Interview

Newest episode

Have you finished reading the book?  Join the discussion by responding to the questions below in the Reading Group guide or use these questions in your own book club discussions.  Caution: the questions below may contain some spoilers (reader beware)!



Join the Big Library Read: now through October 27!

It’s back!  Once again, East Central Regional Library is taking part in the Big Library Read, a worldwide digital book club that connects millions of readers in public and school libraries across the globe with the same eBook at the same time. For a two-week period beginning October 13, East Central Regional Library users will be able to borrow the eBook, This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, from ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library without waitlists.


This Is Where It Ends is a story of an unfortunately all-too familiar situation: a school shooting. Told from the student’s perspective, it follows four teens who face what is every student’s worst nightmare: a boy with a gun. Marieke Nijkamp’s debut young adult novel is a must-read, gripping tale from start to finish.  “Told over 54 minutes, This Is Where It Ends is a story of family and vengeance, love and loss,” said author, Marieke Nijkamp. “But to me, above all it’s a story about how even when a world seems to have stopped turning, when everything has fallen apart, the darkness is never absolute. There is always hope. I hope readers will find hope in This Is Where It Ends too”

this is where it ends

This Is Where It Ends is a New York Times Bestseller and is being widely recognized:

  •  #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016
  • Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List
  • Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month
  • Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January
  • 18 of 2016’s Most-Anticipated YA Novels
  • BookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down Now


To get started reading, all you need is an ECRL library card.  This Is Where It Ends can be read on all major computers and devices, including iOS and Android devices, Chromebooks and Kindles. The eBook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.


The title was selected based on a survey of more than 5,000 readers, students, teachers and librarians. To borrow the eBook, visit


Want to get more involved? Once you finish reading book, join the discussion board to share your thoughts. You can also hear podcast interviews with the author and use a reading group guide if you’re using this title for discussion in your book clubs.

Big Library Read is sponsored by OverDrive and Sourcebooks.