As many readers of this publication know, The Big Read is gathering steam and going strong in our local community. While many Big Read programs will continue until mid-June, the seven-week Read-a-thon, which was launched on January 21, will wrap up this coming Monday, March 4.

Participants are urged to return their pledge sheets and checks to Scotch Plains Public Library any day until March 5 during regular library hours.  Community volunteers will also be stationed outside participating schools at the start of the school day on March 4, to accept pledge cards and checks. All checks must be made out to FRIENDS OF THE SCOTCH PLAINS PUBLIC LIBRARY. The Friends will assure that all money raised will be sent to the two organizations chosen to benefit from the read-a-thon.  There is still time for enthusiastic readers to pick up a pledge sheet at the library, or download one from ,  set a goal of hours to read until March 4, and ask family, friends and neighbors to support this reading goal.

The Big Read’s seven-week read-a-thon will benefit  Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Inc, and Mariposa Foundation, DR.  Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that improves the lives of adults in Union County by teaching them to read, write, and speak English so they can participate more fully in family, workplace, and community life.  The Mariposa Dr Foundation, a U.S. 501©3 not-for-profit, is a community-run organization that educates and empowers girls in the Dominican Republic to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty. The organization was named after the codename of the real-life heroines of our Big Read novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, “Las Mariposas”.

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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. From January through mid-June, any interested participants from our local communities, will celebrate In the Time of the Butterflies, by reading this book and participating in a full calendar of events.


The Big Read partners in addition to Scotch Plains Public Library and Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library are Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools, Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Inc., and New Jersey City University. All participants are welcome to enjoy the many events planned from January to June. More information may be found on the web sites of Scotch Plains Public Library ( and and The Big Read (