Join us at Speer Memorial Library in Mission, on Tuesday Feb. 28 for a discussion of In the Time of the Butterflies, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 5:30 p.m. in Spanish, and at 6:30 p.m. in English.

Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book.

Our discussion of this book is part of the Big Read program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA has graciously donated some copies of the book, which we will make available, while supplies last, to people who sign up for the discussion.

Set in the Dominican Republic from the 1930s to the 1960s, this novel is based on the true story of the Mirabal sisters, who were active in an underground resistance movement against the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

Known by the code name “las mariposas” (“the butterflies”), the four young sisters each tell their story, sharing their hopes and dreams, as well as their reasons for joining a revolution.

Written by Julia Alvarez, and first published in 1994, In the Time of the Butterflies is a work of historical fiction that brings to life the heroic courage and sacrifice of four young women engaged in a struggle to set their country free. The author, whose father was in the resistance, escaped from the Dominican Republic to the United States with her family when she was ten years old.

In addition to the aforementioned donated copies, we will have some copies of the book available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our library’s Reference Desk, or call at 580-8754, and we will try to obtain a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan.

For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call William Renner or Rose Alvarez at 580-8754 or 580-8750. You can also register at the Reference Desk, or by email at

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