The Big Read continues at Scotch Plains Public Library with a screening of the film In the Time of the Butterflies (PG-13), an adaptation of Julia Alvarez’ book, on Monday, April 22 at 7:00pm. The2001 movie stars Salma Hayek and Edward James Olmos. In 2002, this film won the ALMA award for Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie or Miniseries, and Salma Hayek won the ALMA award for Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made-for-Television Movie or Miniseries. The previously scheduled lecture by Andrea Karanik, Butterflies in Art, has been postponed.

In addition to this event, The Big Read includes music, art projects, lectures, and festivities at the Scotch Plains Public Library, and interdisciplinary studies for students in grades K-12 in our district’s schools.  More information about this event and the Big Read can be found on the library website,

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Scotch Plains is one of 78 communities nationwide participating in the current Big Read.

The Big Read partners welcome all participants to the many free events planned through mid-June. More information may be found on the website of Scotch Plains Public Library ( and on the library’s Big Read blog ( ).