Join Columbus Metropolitan Library For The Big Library Read, A Digital Book Club

Over the course of this pandemic, there are a few things I have relied on to keep myself entertained.

One of those things is the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries collection of eBooks. The library has thousands of titles that can be downloaded for free by CML customers and this digital book club will help you figure out where to get started.

The Big Library Read is a digital book club on a global scale and will allow library cardholders to download a specific eBook or eAudiobook with no waits or holds.

Starting Monday, Aug. 3 and ending Monday, Aug. 17, The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason will be the featured title. On The Big Library Read website, you’ll find info about the current selection, including discussion guidelines and a letter from the author, as well as past reading selections.

The Darwin Affair takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot.

Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden.

While all of CML’s 23 library locations remain closed for public access due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, all locations currently offer Curbside Pickup – except its South High Branch, which remains under construction through the end of July. Visit for more information.

Let’s read a book together, Columbus!

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