Community Skype with Julia Alvarez!

Credits: Photographer Dennis Brooks
Credits: Meg Kolaya
Credits: Meg Kolaya

What are you doing Monday night? We invite you to come to Terrill Middle School at 7pm, as we watch, listen, and video chat with Julia Alvarez, our Big Read author. She’ll be talking to us from her Vermont home base, about In the Time of the Butterflies and the Mariposas. She will also take a limited number of questions from the audience. It is not too late to submit a question for consideration. If your question is chosen, you will be able to ask it directly to Julia Alvarez. Earlier in the day, our district’s middle school students will be video chatting with Ms. Alvarez about their reading and participation in The Big Read.

If you were among the 1,000 plus people who took part in last Saturday’s Festival of Hispanic Cultures at Scotch Plains Public Library, we hope you had a BLAST!  People have been stopping in all week to chat about the butterflies, music, food and the activities led by the high school clubs and middle school students fulfilling their service learning projects.  Join the conversation on Facebook to let us know your thoughts – we always appreciate feedback.

Last night I was privileged to participate in a Big Read book discussion of In the Time of the Butterflies, led by two very well-prepared and dynamic high school students. Their insights and the conversations they elicited from the participants, were stimulating and thought-provoking. For those who missed this first discussion, please consider signing up for another discussion:

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Saturday, May 18, 1:00pm @ SPPL (facilitated by a librarian)
Wednesday, May 22, 7:00pm @ SPFHS (facilitated by SPFHS student volunteers)
Thursday, May 23, 12:00pm @ SPPL (facilitated by SPFHS student volunteers)
Thursday, May 23, 7:00pm @ Park Middle School (For middle school families)
Tuesday, June 4, 2:30pm @ SPFHS (Journal make and take for up to 20 participants)
Monday, June 10, 10am @ SP Senior Housing (facilitated by a librarian and a community member)

Please contact the Reference Desk to register: by phone at 908-322-5007 x204, by email at, or by using the form on the Contact Us page of our website.

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


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