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The Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library invites readers of all ages to participate in the NEA Big Read project which will continue through February. The featured book is In the Time of the Butterflies By Julia Alvarez 

Book (English)
eBook (via Hoopla -available now, no waiting)
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Movie (via Hoopla -available now, no waiting)
Other formats:  Spanish (book), eBook (via Overdrive), DVD, Audiobook (Spanish only).

In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction based on the lives of the four Mirabal sisters, who participated in underground efforts to topple Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorial regime in the Dominican Republic. In 1960, three of the sisters were slain on Trujillo's orders. Their story haunted Alvarez, whose own family had fled the Dominican Republic just months before the sisters’ assassinations. 

The novel gives a voice to all four sisters, who speak across the decades to tell their own stories and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage, love and the human cost of political oppression. 

A limited number of free books are available for those wishing to participate in book discussions and other related activities. Please contact your local branch to learn more.

Big Read 2018, a community-wide reading program, is exploring In the Time of the Butterflies by award-winning author Julia Alvarez with a full calendar of events including book and film discussions, lectures, visual arts workshops, Dominican Republic cultural programs such merengue and bachata dance workshops and other fun, family-friendly programs.

February Featured Events

  • Merengue and Bachata Dance Workshops presented by UV Latin Dance Academy
    40 participants max per workshop The Dominican Republic is known for Merengue and Bachata music which uses traditional instruments like the tambora, guiro, cuatro, accordion, trumpets and saxophones.  In the midst of the chaos and hardship of the Trujillo dictatorship, the Dominican People found ways to combat their emotions with song and dance - celebrating to forget and to bring unity. Taught by professional instructors from UV Latin Dance Academy in Miami Beach, the class will began with a brief 15 minute introduction explaining the significance of the dances in Dominican culture, followed by a demonstration of each dance, and conclude with a 60-minute dance lesson. Come join us and feel the healing rhythm of merengue and bachata for yourself! February 24 – 3-4:30PM, Deerfield Beach Percy White Library
  • Clara Ledesma-Inspired Dream Painting Workshop: Enter a world of dreams where imaginative figures and objects fly through the sky. Create a magical, mystical dream watercolor painting inspired by Dominican artist Clara Ledesma who is known for her use of brilliant colors and inventive images. February 24, 2-3PM, Carver Ranches Library
  • February 24 - Merengue, Bachata & Other Dances of the Dominican Republic performed by Griselda Castro, 2-3PM, Pembroke Pines Library,

Read and Discuss

  • February 28 - Beach Readers' Book Club, 1-2:30PM, Beach Library

Watch the Movie

  • February 26 - 1-3PM, Stirling Road Library

For Children & Teens

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    The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is being presented locally by Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library in partnership with Young at Art Museum.