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The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., joins more than 16,000 public libraries and colleges as well as tens of thousands of readers across the United States to offer the latest award-winning selection from the Together We digital book club. Read: US.

From now until February 21, Brown Library patrons can enjoy the 2021 First Novel Award-winning book by author Kirstin Valdez Quade, “The Five Plagues” in ebook and audiobook form. Readers can access the e-book for free with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby app or visiting and participating in an online discussion.

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

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

Weeks away from her due date, the tough and exuberant Angel fled her mother’s house, setting her life on a surprising new path. “The Five Plagues” covers 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 does not speak to; and disapproving Tíve, Yolanda’s uncle and keeper of the family history.

The ebook and audiobook can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and Chromebook, with no waitlists or reservations. Thanks to Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle”. The title will automatically expire at the end of the loan period, and there are no late fees.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and pick-up 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To reserve, visit or call 570-326-0536 during library hours. The library is also open for the use of public computers and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. The James V. Brown Library is PA Library of the Year 2021.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 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 refuge for those who seek it, and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library welcomes over 225,000 visitors a year and circulates half a million items a year. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacy in our communities to provide a better future for all.

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