TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club – Extend your young Bard’s learning with these click-and-print resources!

...and act a little out.

Are your young Bards participating in the Fall session of the TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club?  Or have they participated in the past?

If so, we have some free click-and-print activities for them to try at home and extend their learning!

Click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the green “Download Now” button.

Registration for the Winter session opens December 1st!  For more information click here.

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TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club – Winter Session!


Do your kids need a little drama in their life?  A program to channel all that pent-up winter energy?

The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club returns this February – a FREE readers’ theatre program for children ages 7-12.

Witches, ghosts, potions, magic, and humour!

Led by professional actors and educators, kids explore plays like Romeo & Juliet,MacbethMidsummer Night’s DreamTempestComedy of Errors, and Henry IVth.  They read aloud, play drama games, get a head start on high school, and make friends with other Shakespeare fans.

The program runs for 6 Saturdays at 10 Toronto Public Library branches. The Winter session starts Saturday, February 1st. Register early at participating branches. Please see below!

Saturdays from:
February 1 – March 8, 2014

Morning (10am – 12pm)

Afternoon (2pm-4pm)



Photo Friday- One day away from The Shakespeare for Kids Library Program!

Hello dearest readers. Happy Friday!

I know we are all looking forward to a quiet and relaxing weekend, but I know some folks who are ready to have some fun! Our TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is back for another session starting on November 2, at Toronto Public Library locations across the city! The sessions run from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.

We had a training session on Monday with our library instructors and some of our interns! Our Education Coordinator led the group through a series of workshops, so they will be able to lead their own groups through Shakespeare’s works!

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For more information, please visit our website, or you can register at your local branch!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday Shoutout – To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure

“…”Hey guys,” the ghost says.

You’re too shocked to say anything. Ghosts are real, Ophelia! Surprise!

Hamlet looks up at the ghost and waves.

“Hi dad!” he says.

We’ve got two options here, Ophelia:

OPTION FACEBOOK: Demand the ghost prove that he’s who he claims to be.
OPTION TWITTER: It doesn’t matter who he is, the real question is if this ghost is so big into murdering dudes why he doesn’t just murder Claudius himself? Riddle him THAT.”


What is this? It’s clearly got Hamlet characters in it (awesome!), but it’s got Ophelia’s point of view (awesome!!), and it’s written in modern, irreverent prose (…sure, awesome!!!) and it’s – le gasp! a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE?! If you were born in the period during which Choose Your Own Adventure books were the pirate-bearded warrior kings of the school libraries, or love Hamlet to death, or both, then you really ought to check out the majesty that is To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, by Toronto comic artist Ryan North.

Late last year, this book engaged in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that proved an immense success. North broke some Kickstarter records for speed and overfunding as he went through a spirited campaign that culminated, not in giving fancy presents to the people paying for his work, but in donations of increasingly large donations of books to school libraries and the placing of his work in the creative commons for all to enjoy. Philanthropy as well? Be still, my beating heart!

As you go through this charming, fully illustrated version of Hamlet, you can play as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet…in which case, sorry! You die on the first place. THEN START WITH THE HAUNTING. Skull icons indicate choices that will bring about the ending we know and love from onstage; if you choose other options, Hamlet might invent indoor plumbing! Ophelia might get Hamlet’s butt off of the couch and into swordfight practice! And King Hamlet might try to win back his Gertrude with nice poetry and respectful dialogue! WHO KNOWS?

There’s even a play…of the book…of the first play…put on YouTube by a crew of ex-pats in Korea, Theatre In Busan. Which you can view here! During the live stream, people got to vote on their choices onstage just like we would at home reading the book. That’s all over now, of course, but you can see some of the awesome ways things went on the small screen.

I leave you with a couple questions:

a) What is the one thing you’d change about Hamlet if you had such a book? Or could yell out during a production? Or at least the biggest (we know there are lots of things that need fixin’!)

b) Kickstarter let someone with a good idea turn it into a major project that ultimately made $580,905.00 for someone to do something cool. What’s a Shakespeare project that, with a little help from your friend The Internet, you would love to put out?

And last but not least, in the world of To Be Or Not To Be, Ophelia is a smart cookie with a science background while Hamlet studies…y’know…arts…? I leave you with a glimpse:

Shakespeare for Kids: Library Club

Mark your calendars! This Saturday, February 6, a new session of our fabulous FREE library program is beginning.

Now in its fifth year, this program is open to children aged 7 – 12 at various branches throughout the city.  Each Saturday professional actors/teachers will provide new opportunities to explore the world of magic, wizards, potions, ghosts & witches in some of the greatest stories ever told!

This Saturday, you will find us at the following branches:

Morning (10am-12noon)
Burrows Hall

Afternoon (2pm-4pm)
Albert Campbell
St. Clair/Silverthorn

The program runs on Saturdays from February 6-March 13. It is FREE to participants.  Register at your local branch! And if you don’t see your branch on the list, we may be coming your way in our third session…