Library patrons can take part in world’s largest digital book club

Press Release

Alongside thousands of readers worldwide, Fort Frances Public Library patrons can discover a remarkable true story through the largest global digital book club, Big Library Read.

From April 1-15, book lovers can borrow, read and discuss Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung’s heartbreaking yet hopeful “Homes: A Refugee Story” ebook from their public library or by downloading the Libby app.

Big Library Read is available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America and facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

“Homes: A Refugee Story”, a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award finalist for nonfiction, was chosen by a popular vote of readers and librarians worldwide.

“It brings such joy to Abu Bakr and me that his wish of wanting to tell the world of Syria’s plight is being fulfilled in such a far-reaching way,” said author Winnie Yeung.

“For this is the magic of books: they don’t just feed our imaginations, they build bridges of understanding. The relationship of sharing, receiving and honoring each other is the true gift of storytelling–something I am so grateful to be a partner in,” she added.

“Homes: A Refugee Story” chronicles the struggles of the al Rabeeah family who left their home in Iraq for Syria in hope of a safer life–just before the Syrian civil war broke out.

Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night.

“Homes” tells of the strange juxtaposition of growing up as a typical teenager in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy–soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

By having Big Library Read our patrons can access an exciting new title without waitlists or holds.

Readers can join an online discussion about the book at

The free program runs for two weeks and only requires a Fort Frances Public Library card to get started.

“Homes: A Refugee Story” 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” [US 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 ebooks and download Libby, visit