Big READ 2018

book cover for In The Time of ButterfliesThe Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library invites readers of all ages to participate in the Big Read project which will take place January through February of 2018.

The featured book is In the Time of the Butterflies

By Alvarez, Julia

The Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library invites readers of all ages to participate in the 2018 Big Read project. 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.

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. Learn more by visiting National Endowment for the Arts book/author information.  

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.



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2018 Featured Events

  • January 13 - The Big Read Kickoff at the Chalklit Festival
    Kick off Big Read 2018 at Broward County’s Inaugural Chalklit Festival! Enjoy music, food trucks, murals created live and on-site by more than 20 street artists, 3D printing stations, face painting, museum-curated workshops, crafting with Blick Art Materials, an area for kids to create their own chalk masterpieces and a People’s Choice Award. 10AM-5PM, Main Library
  • January 13 - Passport to the Dominican Republic
    Experience the cultural ambiance of In the Time of Butterflies with crafts, music, dance and food of the Dominican Republic. All ages welcome; preregistration required, 11AM-Noon, Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • January 16 - Of Brave Butterflies and an Old Goat: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, the Big Read keynote lecture by Mary Ann Gosser, Professor of Comparative Literature at Florida Atlantic University, 2PM, Main Library
  • January 23 - The Age of Trujillo, the Most Notorious Dominican Tyrant
    Learn about the historical context of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo’s rise to power in the Dominican Republic and brutal military dictatorship in this presentation by Florida Atlantic University historian Graciella Cruz-Taura, 2-3PM, Main Library
  • January 27 - Firelei Baez-Inspired Self-Portrait
    Use colorful patterns and geometric shapes to compose a self-portrait inspired by Dominican artist Firelei Báez who is known for her artwork featuring powerful female figures, 2-3PM, Young at Art Museum/Broward County Library
  • January 27 - Traditional Dominican Music and Songs by Guitarist Orlando Core, 2-3PM, Riverland Library
  • February 3 - Big Read Carnival Experience
    An afternoon festival featuring music, dance and food from the Dominican Republic along with a reading marathon of Julia Alvarez’s books, Noon-5PM, Lauderhill Central Park Library  
  • February 24 - Merengue, Bachata & Other Dances of the Dominican Republic performed by Griselda Castro, 2-3PM, Pembroke Pines Library,

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