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Keene Public Library Offers Virtual the #LibrariesTransform Book Discussions, Tues. Sept. 22nd at 11 a.m. and Wed., Sept. 23rd at 6 p.m.

The Keene Public Library is joining public libraries across the country in offering access to the same ebook for two weeks through the Libraries Transform Book Pick. The ebook selection is Lauren Francis-Sharma’s epic saga “Book of the Little Axe,” published by Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic.

During the lending period, Sept. 14-28, ebook copies of “Book of the Little Axe” will be available without waitlists or holds through U.S. public libraries using OverDrive. Readers will only need a library card and the Libby app to borrow and read the ebook. Physical books are also available for checkout from the Keene Public Library. More copies are on order and will arrive shortly, so if there are no copies available, please reserve a copy and the library will contact soon when the books arrive.

The library and the Jonathan Daniels Center for Social Responsibility at the Historical Society of Cheshire County invites the community to attend a virtual discussion of “Book of the Little Axe.” Discussions will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, September 22nd at 11 a.m. and on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m. To receive a Zoom invitation, please register for this event on the Keene Public Library’s online calendar at

Ambitious and masterfully wrought, “Book of the Little Axe” is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion. In a starred review, Booklist said Francis-Sharma “offers fascinating characters across the broad sweep of the American continent at a time of great tumult, warring colonial powers, the spread of slavery, and expansion West” and described the story as a “compelling saga of family bonds, ambitions, and desires, all subject to the vagaries of powerful historical forces.”

Programs like the Libraries Transform Book Pick help showcase how libraries like Keene Public Library are continuing to serve their communities during challenging times by providing digital content and virtual services people need now more than ever. Over the last few months, Keene Public Library has provided online tutorial and job coaching services through Brainfuse, streaming movie platforms such as BookFlix, Acorn, and Kanopy, and a summer full of virtual fun learning experiences for people of all ages.

The selection of “Book of the Little Axe” for the Libraries Transform Book Pick was made in consultation with experts at Booklist. Atlantic Monthly Press is providing this title to public libraries for simultaneous use for two weeks at no cost.

The Libraries Transform Book Pick program launched last fall with its inaugural selection “After the Flood” by Kassandra Montag, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 

For more information about the Libraries Transform Book Pick, please visit You can also follow the Libraries Transform Book Pick on ALA’s Facebook and Twitter and join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #LTBookPick.

The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a collaboration between Booklist, the book review magazine of the American Library Association, Libraries Transform, the American Library Association’s public awareness initiative, and OverDrive, ALA Library Champion and lead sponsor of Libraries Transform.


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