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THE BIG READ 2012

February 15, 2012 - June 16, 2012

 

THE POINT is proud to announce that is has been awarded renewed support by the National Endowment for the Arts to lead the 2012 Hunts Point Big Read! In honor of National Reading Month in March 2012, THE POINT will encourage literary reading in the South Bronx and organize the Hunts Point community to read In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. THE POINT is partning with El Museo del Barrio, La Casa Azul Bookstore and the Hunts Point branch of the NY Public Library to plan for this community-wide event.

JULIA ALVAREZ’S
In the Time of the Butterflies

A work of historical fiction, In the Time of the Butterflies honors the lives of Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa Mirabal, who became icons of freedom after their assassination in 1960. Their role in the Dominican Republic’s underground resistance helped topple the brutal, decades-long dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information, visit www.neabigread.org.

EVENTS:

Hunts Point Big Read Kick-Off

Fri, Mar 2, 2012
6:00pm – 8:00pm
AT THE POINT
940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway
The Kick-Off Event will feature "In the Time Of Butterflies" author Julia Alvarez via Skype. Ms. Alvarez will speak about themes from the book as well as her own experience as an author and she will receive questions from the audience. Aurora Anaya-Cerda, owner of La Casa Azul Bookstore, will deliver opening and closing remarks. Located in East Harlem, La Casa Azul is a place of knowledge, art, creativity and culture. Its mission is to provide the community with contemporary bilingual literature, featuring works by Latino authors. The event will also feature the Washington Heights-based non-profit Alianza Dominicana's El Conjunto Folklorico of Alianza. This group is comprised of fifty young people between the ages of six and twenty-three that practice and perform Dominican folk dance, Dominican carnival and other popular expressive traditions. The event will conclude with a book give away of "In the Time of Butterflies."

Big Read Family Reading Day
Mon, Mar 5, 2012
2:30pm – 4:30pm
At The Hunts Point Public Library, 877 Southern Boulevard (at Tiffany St.), Bronx, NY 10459
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway.

Families will have the chance to read excerpts from "In the Time of Butterflies" and take part in fun and educational activities together.

Jueves Sin Carne (No Beef Thursdays)
Thu, Mar 15, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm
At THE POINT, 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway
The Point will provide free vegetarian meals to young people and families in conjunction with arts workshops centered on "In the Time of Butterflies." The Point's Live From the Edge Theatre will also screen the film adaptation of the novel this evening.

New Technology Workshop
Tue, Mar 20, 2012
3:30pm – 5:30pm
AT Hunts Point Public Library, 877 Southern Boulevard (at Tiffany St.), Bronx, NY 10459
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about new technology and take part in hands-on activities centered on "In the Time of Butterflies."

Author's Visit
Wed, Mar 21, 2012
5:00pm – 7:00pm
At El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street) , New York, NY 10029
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway
This event will connect young people with contemporary Latino authors who will read selections from "In the Time of Butterflies" and their own original work.

Big Read : Beyond the Típico"
Sat, Apr 14, 2012
7:00pm – 9:00pm
AT HE POINT, 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway
The Point's Live From the Edge Theatre will present an evening of live music with a focus on Dominican sounds.

Breakdancing Series
Tue, Apr 10, 2012
4:00pm – 6:30pm
At The Hunts Point Public Library, 877 Southern Boulevard (at Tiffany St.), Bronx, NY 10459
FREE
This series of workshops will explore the history of breakdancing and how it pertains to South Bronx culture. Copies of "In the Time of Butterflies" will be distributed at the event.

Breakdancing Series
Tue, Apr 17, 2012
4:00pm – 6:30pm
At The Hunts Point Public Library, 877 Southern Boulevard (at Tiffany St.), Bronx, NY 10459
FREE
This series of workshops will explore the history of breakdancing and how it pertains to South Bronx culture. Copies of "In the Time of Butterflies" will be distributed at the event.

Super Sabado!
Sat, April 21, 2012 
11:00am – 8:30pm
At El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway

The theme for this "Super Sabado" is "Mad About Libros." El Museo del Barrio will feature family-friendly arts workshops and activities centered on "In the Time of Butterflies."

Breakdancing Series
Tue, Apr 24, 2012
4:00pm – 6:30pm
At The Hunts Point Public Library, 877 Southern Boulevard (at Tiffany St.), Bronx, NY 10459
FREE

This series of workshops will explore the history of breakdancing and how it pertains to South Bronx culture. Copies of "In the Time of Butterflies" will be distributed at the event.

The Point's After-School Program Final Showcase
Fri, Jun 8, 2012
5:30pm – 7:30pm
At THE POINT, 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway

Students will have the opportunity to showcase original work inspired by "In the Time of Butterflies."

Hunts Point Fish Parade and Summer Festival
Sat, Jun 16, 2012
10:00am – 5:00pm
AT Barretto Point Park, 1224 Viele Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474
FREE
The program will include book-related activities and a book giveaway

This annual event gathers an audience of over 1,000 people for a costumed procession through the streets of Hunts Point culminating in an afternoon of live entertainment and family-friendly activities. This year, it will feature special activities centered on "In the Time of Butterflies."

RESOURCES
Preface
Reader's Guide
Teacher's Guide
Audio Guide
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