Library Promotes Online Connections with Special DC Reads Centered on "With the Fire on High"

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Library Promotes Online Connections with Special DC Reads Centered on "With the Fire on High"

Unlimited eBook Copies of Elizabeth Acevedo’s Novel Available

The DC Public Library is hosting special online programs and events over the next three weeks to help people remain connected as the District encourages social distancing. Today, the Library is launching a special DC Reads book club centered on Elizabeth Acevedo's novel "With the Fire on High." Library users and DC residents are encouraged to join the online book discussion of the book from March 18 through April 8.
 
"In these unprecedented times, the Library's online DC Reads book club presents an opportunity to sustain human connections using the power of reading," said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director, DC Public Library. "This is one way that the Library can help people create community and combat social isolation."
 
To help readers balance participating in the book club with life at home, the book discussions will break the book down into parts. Starting on March 19, a discussion question will be posted on Twitter. Each Saturday at 2 p.m. for the next three weeks, the Library will host online Twitter chats that will focus on a different section of the book.
 
The Library has made unlimited eBook copies available for download on the Library’s website. Temporary cards, which are valid for 30 days and can be used for all digital resources, can be obtained online.  
 
Written by Washington-based bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo, "With the Fire on High" follows Emoni Santiago, a high school senior who is balancing being a teen mother with high school and her dream of working as a chef.  Acevedo’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, "The Poet X," won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also the recipient of the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the CILIP Carnegie Medal, and the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award. Additionally, she was honored with the 2019 Pure Belpré Author Award for celebrating, affirming, and portraying Latinx culture and experience. 
 
DC Reads is a DC Public Library program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide discussions and events over a month focusing on one book. In the past, DC Reads has focused on books like “The Refugees" by Viet Thanh Nguyen; ”The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore; “Reading Lolita in Tehran“ by Azar Nafisi, “A Lesson Before Dying“ by Ernest J. Gaines and "Heads of the Colored People” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires.
 
To download an eBook, click here. To learn more about DC Reads, including the schedule of events and downloadable discussion guides for "With the Fire on High," click here