As part of its commitment to expanding its digital-resource collection, the Columbus Metropolitan Library system is encouraging patrons to join the Big Library Read.

CORRECTION: OverDrive, the Columbus Metropolitan Library system's e-book supplier, is paying costs for the Big Library Read online program that began April 1 and runs through April 15. Because of incorrect information provided to ThisWeek, the wrong vendor was named.

As part of its commitment to expanding its digital-resource collection, the Columbus Metropolitan Library system is encouraging patrons to join the Big Library Read.

The library, through its e-book distributor, OverDrive, will participate in the program, which allows library-card holders to download "Homes: A Refugee Story" by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung from Monday, April 1, to April 15.

"The Big Library Read continues to be popular with our customers," said Cathy Mason, catalog and serials manager for Columbus Metropolitan Library. "Having no wait time for the title is a huge draw, plus there are added bonuses like live chats with the author, online discussion groups and more.

"It's a wonderful way for our customers to engage with e-books -- whether they already enjoy them or are just being introduced to the format."

The Big Library Read is free and there will be no shortage of electronic copies of the book, said Ben Zenitsky, a spokesman for the library system.

The library will not spend any extra money per download, said Gregg Dodd, the library's director of marketing and development.

OverDrive is footing the bill for the program, Dodd said.

"A lot of people don't know this, but just because a book is digital, we just can't give out infinite copies," Zenitsky said.

"We have to buy digital copies, just like with print books."

Those who want to participate in the Big Library Read or access the library system's collection must download the Libby app from their cellphone service provider's app store.

Card-holders then can sign up for the free program at biglibraryread.com.

The library system carries an abundance of other types of electronic resources, such as streaming magazines, movies, audio books, music and documentaries -- "all kinds of great digital material accessible with your library card," Zenitsky said.

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