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DATE: Monday, Feb. 26, 2018                                                                        Patricia Parente
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BURLINGTON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM CELEBRATES “IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES”
Month-Long NEA Big Read Program Kicks off March 2
Enjoy Book Discussions, Film Screenings and More

The Burlington County Library System (BCLS) has been awarded grant funding to host the NEA Big Read, a special month-long celebration kicking off March 2 that will feature book discussions, film screenings and more focusing on Julia Alvarez’s historical fiction “In the Time of the Butterflies.” 

Based on the lives of four sisters who participated in underground efforts to topple Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's three-decade-long dictatorial regime in the Dominican Republic, the book will be the focus of events scheduled at all eight BCLS libraries.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. BCLS was one of just 75 non-profit organizations nationwide selected to receive grant funding to host the NEA Big Read between September 2017 and June 2018. This is the second time BCLS has received funding to offer a series of programs focusing on a single NEA Big Read selection.

In addition to being an author, Julia Alvarez is also a poet, essayist, NEA creative writing fellow, and cofounder of a coffee farm and literacy center in the Dominican Republic where she lived until the age of 10, according to the NEA website. “In the Time of the Butterflies” is her second novel and is based on the story of the four Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic, three of whom became symbols of resistance after being murdered at the order of the dictator Rafael Trujillo.

The BCLS NEA Big Read programming will kick off March 2 at 6:30 p.m. when the Burlington County Library in Westampton presents “Code Name: Butterflies,” a documentary about the Mirabal sisters written, directed and produced by filmmaker Cecilia Doymeko. Afterward, the filmmaker, who is also the president of the Mariposa Cultural Foundation, will lead a question-and-answer session with the audience. www.mariposaculturalfoundation.net

On March 9 at 6:30 p.m., the Burlington County Library will present keynote speaker Eric Roorda, author of “The Dictator Next Door: the Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1935-1940.” A professor at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., Roorda teaches Latin American history and his research interests include the Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U.S. Caribbean. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic and is a member of the Dominican Academy of History.

The Big Read finale event will be a performance by Eco del Sur on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Burlington County Library Auditorium. Founded with the idea to preserve the heritage and culture of different Latin American regions, the band released its first album in 2001. The show will feature lively musical arrangements and traditional dances highlighting the culture and beauty of the Dominican Republic. www.ecodelsur.net

For more information about the NEA Big Read at BCLS, please see the full list of events below, or visit www.bcls.lib.nj.us

The mission of the Burlington County Library System is to enrich lives by providing opportunities for learning, growth and personal development. BCLS includes the Burlington County Library in Westampton, and branches in Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Medford (Pinelands), Maple Shade, Pemberton, and Riverton.

BCLS presents The NEA Big Read
Featuring “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez
(Registration required for all events. Please register separately for each program)

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Code Name: Butterflies
View the documentary about the Mirabal sisters and stay for the question-and-answer session led by filmmaker Cecilia Doymeko.
• March 2 (6:30 p.m.) at the Burlington County Library (Westampton).

Monday Matinee
View the movie based on the novel “In the Time of the Butterflies.”
• March 5 (2 p.m.) at the Bordentown Library

Book Discussions
Share your thoughts during these lively group discussions about “In the Time of the Butteflies” by Julia Alvarez.
• March 5 (7 p.m.) at the Cinnaminson Library
• March 6 (7 p.m.) Crosswicks Library (member library/Chesterfield Township)
• March 10 (noon) at the Pinelands Library (Medford)
• March 12 (7 p.m.) at the Riverton Library
• March 14 (7 p.m.) at the Bordentown Library
• March 20 (2 p.m.) at the Burlington County Library (Westampton)
• March 20 (2 p.m.) at the Pemberton Library
• March 20 (7 p.m.) at the Maple Shade Library
• March 26 (2 p.m.) at the Evesham Library
• March 28 en Espanol (2 p.m.) at Burlington County Library (Westampton)

Keynote Speaker Author Eric Roorda
Author and professor Eric Roorda discusses his book “The Dictator Next Door: the Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1935-1940.”
• March 9 (6:30 p.m.) at the Burlington County Library (Westampton).

Magnificent Monarchs
The Rancocas Nature Center presents an interactive program exploring magnificent monarchs, their intricate life-cycle and challenges. All ages welcome. www.rancocasnaturecenter.org
• March 13 (4 p.m.) Pinelands Library (Medford)
• March 22 (4 p.m.) Riverton Library
• March 29 (6:30 p.m.) Burlington County Library

Community Stories – Angela Gonzalez

Angela Gonzalez, who hails from the Dominican Republic and is the executive director of Servicios Latinos de Burlington County, Inc. shares her story. www.selbuc.org
• March 15 (6:30 p.m.) at the Burlington County Library (Westampton)

Beautiful Butterflies and Crazy Caterpillars
Discover the world of some beloved insects during this PowerPoint presentation by Burlington County Park Naturalist Jennifer Bulava featuring photographs of amazing butterflies, caterpillars and moths found in the parks.
• March 21 (6 p.m.) at the Burlington County Library (Westampton)
• March 27 (3:30 p.m.) at the Bordentown Library
• March 28 (6:30 p.m.) at the Pemberton Library

Friday Movie at Maple Shade
View the movie based on the novel “In the Time of the Butterflies.”
• March 23 (2 p.m.) at the Maple Shade Library

Eco del Sur
Enjoy a performance by Eco del Sur featuring lively musical arrangements and traditional dances highlighting the culture and beauty of the Dominican Republic. www.ecodelsur.net
• March 23 (7 p.m.) at Burlington County Library (Westampton)

Tuesday Morning Movie
View the movie based on the novel “In the Time of the Butterflies.”
• March 27 (10:30 a.m.) at the Pemberton Library

Eco del Sur - Music of the Andes and Latin America
The band performs some songs and discusses the geography, history, cultures, and music of several Latin American regions. Afterward, children will be invited to play the group’s traditional Latin American instruments.
• March 31 (3 p.m.) at Cinnaminson Library
• April 6 (7 p.m.) at Maple Shade Library

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