The Big Library Read Begins Today, July 13-27, 2022

Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County Offers Riveting USA Today Bestselling Novel for Worldwide Digital Book Club

“The Girl in His Shadow” ebook and audiobook now available for reading and discussion with global audience


Mount Vernon, OH – July 13, 2022 – Booklovers in Knox County can dive into a suspenseful USA Today bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From July 13-27, readers will join over a hundred thousand others around the globe in enjoying Audrey Blake’s historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library. Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox library card holders can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app or visiting the Ohio Digital Library at Readers can then discuss online at

This Big Library Read novel is available in more than 21,000 libraries around the world including Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County and approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During the program, readers participate in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app.

The Girl in His Shadow takes place in London in 1845. Raised by surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents, Nora Beady knows little about conventional life and much about suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft’s private clinic Nora is his most trusted—and secret—assistant… until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. To protect Dr. Croft and his practice Nora must learn to play a new and uncomfortable role—that of a proper young lady. When she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light—even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Girl in His Shadow is the 28th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at

The Girl in His Shadow was published as an ebook by Sourcebooks and as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit


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About Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County serves the 56,000 residents of the Knox County Library District with a collection of 213,666 books and other print items, 251 periodical subscriptions, 31,577 DVDs, 20,849 Audio recordings, 2,312 video games and other software items, and 421,784 E-books available via the Internet.  In addition to books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, software, and a whole universe of downloadable electronic materials (E-books, E-Audiobooks, streaming movies, music, and TV), the Library also boasts a “Beyond Books” collection of useful items that can be borrowed by our patrons, among them: specialty cake pans (think Peppa Pig), hand-held microscopes, bird watching kits with high quality binoculars, giant backyard games (Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, Corn Hole Toss, Giant Lawn Bowling), and much more.  The Library serves the community through its main facility at 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon, and its branches in Fredericktown (1 Burgett Drive), Danville (512 South Market Street), and Gambier (115 Meadow Lane).  All of our locations provide free access to the Internet though public-access computers and free WiFi.  We also have available for borrowing a collection of mobile WiFi Hotspots that allow you to access the Internet with any of your own WiFi-enable devices anywhere you can get a cellphone signal.  Each Hotspot can be used to connect multiple devices at one time.  Visit our website at to find many more valuable free resources such as free access to the online services Libby, Kanopy, Roku, Hoopla, Transparent Languages, Universal Class, Ancestry Online, Ohio Web Library, Chilton’s Auto Repair Database, and many more.  All of our locations also offer a variety of programs for patrons of all ages: story times for babies, pre-school and kindergarten children, online and in-person book clubs, science and STEM demonstrations and activities, Teen Makerspace programs, and a variety of adult programs.  Truly, the Library has something for everyone, including quiet spaces with comfortable furniture where you can sit, relax, read, and contemplate the good life.

About OverDrive

OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps.

The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, the Sora student reading app is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019, and Kanopy is the leading streaming video service for libraries and colleges. Acquired in 2021, offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017.

For more information about our online resources contact:

Jessica Horlacher
Digital Resources Manager

Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

740-392-BOOK ext. 227 or email


Information courtesy of the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County