This month's pick is With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Want to lose yourself in a good book? D.C. Public Library announced recently that their book club "D.C. Reads" will be hosted digitally—and they're kicking things off with a novel written by a D.C.-based writer!

The club, which holds a community discussion on a novel each month, has chosen With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo as the first in this series. With the help of OverDrive, an unlimited amount of e-books are available for readers all over D.C. to download right to their computer. All you need is a library card! (if you don't have one, no worries—you can sign up here).

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The novel tells the story of Emoni Santiago, a teen mother who balances the struggles of daily life through her passion for cooking. Acevedo is a renowned Dominican-American writer whose honors include the CLIP Carnegie Medal and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her 2018 novel The Poet X.

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Elizabeth Acevedo, courtesy of Goodreads

The library will host online discussions through their Twitter account on March 28, and April 4, at 2 p.m. Between discussions, readers can also weigh in on questions related to the novel each Tuesday and Thursday. The discussions began March 18 and will continue through April 4, giving readers plenty of time to read and get involved in the bigger community conversation. Not to mention, you can do it all at home in your pajamas—a win if there ever was one!

All libraries in D.C. closed on March 16 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A tentative opening date is scheduled for April 1. In the meantime, patrons can visit the library's website for virtual programming and resources for distance learning, in addition to the massive inventory of books, movies, and music that are all accessible with your library card.

Reading may be a solitary activity, but with a digital book club, we can feel more connected than ever. Just grab your beverage of choice, a warm blanket, and voila! A cozy reading experience awaits you.

Are you planning to participate in D.C. Reads? What books are you currently reading? Share them with us in the comment section—we love a good book rec!