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The Burlington County Library System is proud to present the NEA Big Read, a special month-long celebration of 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 at eight BCLS locations including book discussions, films screenings and more.

Programming kicked off on March 2 with Code Name: Butterflies, where filmmaker Cecilia Doymeko screened her documentary about the Mirabal sisters and discussed with the audience the power of revolutionary ideas. On March 23, Eco del Sur will perform in the library’s award-winning auditorium with a focus on the history, cultures and music from several Latin American regions. Be sure to check out the full calendar of NEA Big Read programs planned through April 6.

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. This is the second year that BCLS has received funding to offer a series of programs around an NEA Big Read selection.