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The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., joins more than 16,000 public libraries and colleges along with tens of thousands of readers across the US in offering the latest award-winning Together We Read: US digital book club selection.

From now to Feb. 21, Brown Library patrons can enjoy author Kirstin Valdez Quade’s 2021 First Novel Prize-winning book, “The Five Wounds,” as an ebook and audiobook. Readers can access the digital book for free with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby app or visiting https://libbyapp.com/library/ebranch2go and then participate in an online discussion.

The Together We Read: US digital book club connects readers through thousands of US public libraries and colleges with the same ebook for two weeks. Readers in Lycoming County need only a valid Lycoming County Library System card to get started. This free program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the award-winning Libby app.

“The Five Wounds” takes place during Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and 33-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his 15-year-old daughter, Angel, shows up pregnant on his doorstep de ella and disrupts his plans for personal redemption.

With weeks to go until her due date, tough, ebullient Angel has fled her mother’s house, setting her life on a startling new path. “The Five Wounds” spans the baby’s first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo’s mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel’s mother, Marissa, whom Angel isn’t speaking to; and disapproving Tíve, Yolanda’s uncle and keeper of the family’s history.

The ebook and audiobook can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle”. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and holds pick up from 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The library is also open for public computer usage and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. The James V. Brown Library is the 2021 PA Library of the Year.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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