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Citrus Libraries Readers Join Global Digital Book Club to Enjoy Questlove’s “Music is History”

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Hands holding Tablet with the Big Library Read for April 4-18 of "Music is History" by Questlove

Citrus Libraries Readers Join Global Digital Book Club to Enjoy Questlove’s “Music is History”

Citrus Libraries is exploring recent American history through a musical lens with a New York Times bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From April 4-18, booklovers can join over a hundred thousand others around the world in reading Questlove’s thought-provoking Music Is History from their public library. Citrus Libraries card holders can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting by downloading the Libby app or visiting Readers can then discuss online at

Big Library Read is available in over 21,000 libraries around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During past programs, readers have participated in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

“We are on-track to exceed our digital checkouts from 2021, and the selection for the April Big Library Read is sure to help us get there,” said Library Director Eric Head. “Questlove’s Music Is History is a great option for someone who is looking to learn more about Citrus Libraries’ digital offerings through Libby – patrons won’t have to wait for this title, and it’s available in ebook and audiobook, making it the best of both worlds. All they need is a library card and they’re free to start exploring!”

Music Is History focuses on the years 1971 to the present as Questlove finds the hidden connections in the American “tapes- try”, whether investigating how the blaxploitation era reshaped Black identity or considering the way disco took an assembly-line approach to Black genius. These critical inquiries are complemented by his own memories as a music fan, and the way his appetite for pop culture taught him about America. A history of the last half-century and an intimate conversation with one of music’s most influential and original voices, Music Is History is a singular look at contemporary America.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. Music is History is the 27th 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

Music is History was published as an ebook by ABRAMS 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 You can also stay up-to-date on all of the happenings at Citrus Libraries by following us @citruslibraries on Facebook and Instagram.

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