Shakespeare in Action is pleased to announce renewed support from TD Bank Group for the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club. Since 2005, The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club, a literacy program for children aged 7‐12, has been delivered in public libraries across Toronto.
“We are thrilled to support the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club as it places an emphasis on classic literary works that encourage reading and inspire the joy of learning,” said Alan Convery, Senior Manager, Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “We look forward to seeing this program continuing to grow.”
Developed by Shakespeare in Action Artistic Director Michael Kelly, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, this FREE program has served over 6000 GTA children. This season, Shakespeare in Action is proud to announce that 30 Toronto Public L libraries will participate in the program from November 2013 through May 2014.
The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club runs for six consecutive Saturdays and empowers children to learn through the arts. Shakespeare in Action assembles a team of highly trained and experienced actor‐educators to aid children in understanding Shakespeare’s poetic language.
“I used to be shy, but now I feel like I’ve done something difficult and I feel more able to try new things,“ says Mark, age 12, a 2012 Library Club participant.
The program makes Shakespeare easy and fun and is so popular that retention rates are over 90% in all 30 branches. Participants of the program read aloud from Shakespeare’s most famous works including Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and Macbeth. Through their participation, children gain confidence and a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s work.
“This is what we’re all about,” said Shakespeare in Action Artistic Director, Michael Kelly, “Our mission of enhancing cultural literacy by bringing Shakespeare alive flourishes each and every time we deliver this program. I take my hat off to TD for believing in the power of language and for their commitment to literacy.”
Registration for the 2013/14‐ season is now open. For more information and a full schedule of participating Toronto Public Library locations, visit our TD Shakespeare for Kids page!