Together We Read program spotlights ‘Lean on Me’

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is joining public libraries nationwide in the digital reading program Together We Read, which offers simultaneous access to the same eBook for a two-week period. The eBook selection for this program is “Lean on Me” by Pat Simmons.

The book tells the story of Tabitha Knicely, a woman overwhelmed with sorrow and exhaustion caring for her beloved great-aunt, whose dementia is getting worse. When her neighbor Marcus Whittington accuses Tabitha of elder neglect, he doesn’t realize how his threats to have Aunt Tweet taken away add to Tabitha’s pain. Then Marcus gets to know the exuberant elderly lady and sees up close how hard Tabitha is fighting to keep everything together. Tabitha finds herself leaning on Marcus more and he’s becoming more than happy to share her burdens.

“Lean on Me” will be available to download with no waiting list through the Washington Anytime Library from Feb. 19-March 4. Readers will only need a library card and the Libby app to download a free copy of the eBook to their personal devices. Patrons are invited to participate in an online discussion after downloading the title; to join the discussion or learn more about the program, visit togetherweread.com/us.

To request one-on-one assistance from a NOLS staff member to help with downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks to a personal mobile device, request an appointment at nols.org/technology-appointments.

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