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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Library activities ensure Shakespeare celebrations go by the book

North Yorkshire libraries are joining in the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Library teams will help highlight his life and work through a range of events and activities around this Saturday (23 April), the national day of celebration that marks both the playwright’s birthday and the day of his death.

Among the day’s highlights, young volunteers at Skipton will generate Shakespearian phrases, devising a Bard book hunt and staging an “end of the pier” photo booth for “Shakespearian insult shelfies”. A website generator will help users discover their Shakespearean character name.

Harrogate library is working with the Mercer Gallery and showcasing three Tudor costumes and over in Crosshills there’s the opportunity to take the stage for five minutes to read favourite lines from Shakespeare. Organisers say Tudor costume is optional.

At Northallerton library, there'll be genuine Shakespearean relics including a pew from the Bard's local church – wood that his bottom might have touched. There’s also a piece of the mulberry tree planted by Shakespeare outside New Place in Stratford.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information services, said: “William Shakespeare is one of the greatest of Britons and he continues to have huge cultural importance 400 years after his death.

"It’s great that libraries are promoting Shakespeare and introducing a new, young audience to his work. They are doing it in a fun way, too… what could be better than learning a few choice Shakespearean sayings? So, get down to a library on 23 April.”

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