Niagara Falls residents can take part in a national book club in April that will see people from across the country reading together digitally in English and French.
The second annual One eRead Canada event runs throughout April and is presented by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. Each year, the book club connects readers with more than 100 libraries, including the Niagara Falls Public Library, to one another and to their libraries by focusing on one book.
This year’s book is “The Break” by Katherena Vermette, published by House of Anansi in English and by Québec Amérique in French. From April 1 to 30, Niagara Falls Public Library customers can access digital ebook and e-audio book versions of the book without wait lists by using the library’s cloudLibrary ebook and e-audiobook platform, or from Hoopla, a digital media service provided through the library that gives access to ebooks, e-audiobooks, movies, television shows and music. Customers will need their library card barcode number and their PIN to access the platforms for the first time.
The library said One eRead introduces readers to new books and authors and encourages Canadian literature while promoting Indigenous voices.
In “The Break,” Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window and notices someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house in Winnipeg’s north end — and alerts the police to the possible crime.
The library called it a powerful intergenerational family saga.
Readers will also be invited to attend special livestreamed author events in the second half of April, in English and French, once they read and discuss “The Break” along with thousands of other Canadians.
Those events will include live virtual conversations with Vermette and CBC’s Shelagh Rogers in English on April 20, and with translator Mélissa Verreault and Marie-Louise Arsenault of Radio-Canada on April 21 in French. The library said more details on those events will follow.
Library chief executive officer Alicia Subnaik Kilgour said local readers have become more comfortable with ebooks and audiobooks after they discovered they could borrow them when the library doors were closed due to the pandemic.
“Even now, when we’re open as we were before the pandemic hit, customers are still borrowing books from cloudLibrary and Hoopla,” she said in a news release. “Taking part in One eRead Canada is another way we can encourage readers to explore ebooks and audiobooks and introduce them to new titles. We’re so excited to be a part of the event and hope our customers enjoy the unlimited access to Vermette’s ‘The Break’ over the course of the month.”