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TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club – Winter Registration Opens December 1st!

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“…my library / Was dukedom large enough…”
– Prospero, The Tempest, 1.2 –

The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is a FREE readers’ theatre program for Bards-to-be, ages 7-12!

Join Shakespeare in Action for storytelling adventures!  Explore worlds of magic, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!

Jump into plays like Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tempest, Comedy of Errors, and Henry IV.

Play drama games, read aloud from one to three scripts, build confidence, get a head start on high school, and make friends with other Shakespeare fans!

The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is led by professional actors and educators. Register in person at your chosen participating Toronto Public Library branch from the list below:

SATURDAYS, January 30 – March 5, 2016
Registration Opens December 1, 2015

Morning  (10AM – 12PM)

Afternoon  (2PM – 4PM)

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

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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 – Fall Registration Opens October 1st!

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“…my library / Was dukedom large enough…”
– Prospero, The Tempest, 1.2 –

The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is a FREE readers’ theatre program for Bards-to-be, ages 7-12!

Join Shakespeare in Action for storytelling adventures!  Explore worlds of magic, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!

Jump into plays like Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tempest, Comedy of Errors, and Henry IV.

Play drama games, read aloud from one to three scripts, build confidence, get a head start on high school, and make friends with other Shakespeare fans!

The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is led by professional actors and educators. Register in person at your chosen participating Toronto Public Library branch from the list below:

SATURDAYS, November 7 – December 12, 2015
Registration Opens October 1, 2015

Morning  (10AM – 12PM)

Afternoon  (2PM – 4PM)

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Doug Miller Books – What do you read, my lord?

In the summer of 2014, we posted an interview with Doug Miller, our beloved local bookmonger.  Since then, he has moved across the street, to 650 Bloor Street West and opened the door to a larger store, which offers a great selection of discounted adult fiction and non-fiction; children’s picture books and novels; as well as many comics.  It’s one of BuzzFeed’s 35 Charming Canadian Bookstores You Need To Visit, and the now not-so-hidden gem of Korea town.

 

Doug Miller and his LEGO desk, which currently boasts 28,482 blocks!

Doug Miller and his LEGO desk, which currently boasts 28,482 blocks!

 

“Business is better than ever,” says Doug.  “Some people did not see us across the street.  I lost count over 400 people welcoming us to the neighbourhood…They were shocked that they didn’t see us.  Now they see us.”  Doug has some theories as to why his store is being noticed more on the north side of the street – it’s sunnier, there’s more retail, and all the subway entrances/exits are on the same side.

 

New $1-$3 section, 8 bookcases long

New $1-$3 section, 8 bookcases long

 

Whatever the reason, the store is bigger and has better lighting, which Doug points out.  “Soon you’ll be able to get wheelchairs down every aisle.  People can bring their carriages in.  It’ll be a lot easier to maneuver around; it will be more comfortable to shop here.”

 

A Shakespeare find in the amongst the advanced picture books!

A Shakespeare find in the amongst the advanced picture books!

Marvel at the Marvel comics!

Marvel at the Marvel comics!

A great store for children's books

A great store for children’s books

 

Doug has seen all kinds of kids in his store.  He recently had a run on Judy Blume books, because she was in Toronto (at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon) and there was a lot of press.  From classics to dystopian worlds, Robert Munsch to Lois Lowry to Louis Sachar, Doug enjoys making recommendations for his young patrons: “What kind of books have you read in the past?” he asks.  And when he finds the perfect book, all he has to say is: “Your parents won’t like this, but you will.” And that usually seals the deal.

 

Bumpkin, the resident rabbit

Bumpkin, the resident rabbit

 

“I’ve had Bumpkin for 13 years,” says Doug.  “I know his habits.  He’s very calm; he’s very relaxed.  There are sometimes when that changes. One night I forgot to put the music on for him, and I came here in the morning – his water bowl was flipped over; he took his food dish and he had obviously whipped it.  There was kibble everywhere.  He didn’t destroy any of the books, but you could tell he was angry ’cause he likes the sound of the music at night and he missed it.”  In case you’re wondering, Bumpkin has a fondness for jazz and CBC Radio.

 

One of the new shelf labels

One of the new shelf labels

 

By this August, Doug Miller will have been working in the book trade for 30 years.  “Books,” he says, “are more popular than ever.  The demand for certain books is always increasing.  Classics are steadily moving out from the store.  People are re-discovering the book in its oldest form – a sold, hand-held, page-turning piece of art.”

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 5

Today, we want to wish Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! They have inspired many of us in the SIA office to love reading and magic, and we look forward to celebrating today with fans everywhere! Now let’s have some cake!

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While you are celebrating today, take a look at the final installment of our Shakespeare at the Movies- Harry Potter edition! This one will focus on the new characters introduced in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. To catch up on the rest of the Harry Potter movies, read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4!

 

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Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1983)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1985)
  • King Lear (National Theatre, 1986)
  • Macbeth (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal National Theatre, 2000)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 2000)

 

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Guy Henry (Pius Thicknesse)

Appeared in:

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Thurio
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Osric
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993) as Longaville
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Dr Caius
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Lord Chamberlain
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Sir Andrew Augecheek
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Cloten
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Octavius Caesar
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as King John
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Malvolio
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2003) as Parolles

 

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Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow)

Appeared in:

  • ShakespeaRe-Told- Macbeth (TV mini-series, 2005) as Barry

 

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David Ryall (Elphias Doge)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Sexton
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1972)
  • Twelfth Night (Playhouse Theatre, 1991)
  • Richard II (National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (National Theatre, 1995)
  • Happy Birthday Shakespeare (TV movie, 2000) as Dad
  • King Lear (Almeida Theatre, 2002)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 2002)

 

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Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood)

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre, 1992)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • Shakespeare Shorts- Macbeth (TV Series, 1996) as Macbeth
  • Midsummer Dream (2005) as Lysander
  • Hamlet (Mold’s Theatre Clwyd)

 

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Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988) as Ophelia
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Rosalind
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992)
  • Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2004) as Isabella

 

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Kate Fleetwood (Mary Cattermole)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (Oxford Stage Company, 1996) as Viola
  • Romeo and Juliet (Greenwich Theatre, 1998)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Old Vic Theatre, 2003) as Helena
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (National Theatre, 2003) as Rosaline
  • Othello (Theatre Royal, 2003) as Desdemona
  • Pericles (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2006) as Thaisa
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2006) as Hermione
  • Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Lady Macbeth
  • Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Olivia

 

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Rade Serbedzija (Gregorovitch)

Appeared in:

  • Predstava ‘Hamleta’ u Mrdusi Donjoj (1974) as Joco/ Hamlet

 

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Jamie Campbell Bower (Gellert Grindelwald)

Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Young Earl of Oxford

 

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Michael Byrne (Gellert Grindelwald)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV movie, 1967) as Claudio
  • The Merchant of Venice (Northcott Theatre, 1967)
  • Julius Caesar (Riverside Studios Theatre, 1980)
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (TV movie, 1983) as Antonio
  • Richard III (TV movie, 1983) as Duke of Buckingham
  • The First Part of King Henry VI (TV movie, 1983) as Duke of Alencon
  • The Second Part of King Henry VI (TV movie, 1983) as John Hume/ Lieutenant
  • The Third Part of King Henry VI (TV movie, 1983) as Marquess of Montague

 

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Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore)

Appeared in:

  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Achilles
  • Two Shakespearean Actors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1990) as Dion Boucicault
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Richard III
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • King Lear (Royal National Theatre, 1997)
  • Othello (Royal National Theatre, 1997)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 2015) as Claudius

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 4

There is only one day left until the world celebrates Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s Birthday! We have gone through the Shakespeare- related works of the cast of the first 4 Harry Potter movies, and today we will will focus on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

 

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Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks)

Appeared in:

  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2009) as Desdemona

 

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George Harris (Kingsley Shacklebot)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1989)

 

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Timothy Bateson (Kreacher)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Macbeth (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1949) as Servant
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1949) as Dwarf
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1949) as Bishop of Lincoln
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1950) as Soothsayer
  • Antony and Cleopatra (St. James Theatre, 1951)
  • King John (Old Vic Theatre, 1953) as Robert Faulconbridge
  • BBC Sunday Night Theatre- Troilus and Cressida (TV series, 1954) as Calchas / Alexander
  • Richard III (1955) as Ostler
  • As You Like It (TV movie, 1978) as Sir Oliver Martext
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Series- The WInter’s Tale (TV mini-series, 1994) as Antigonus

 

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Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Northcott Theatre, 1978)
  • As You Like It (Northcott Theatre, 1978)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1983)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Venus and Adonis (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1987) as Venus
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Margaret
  • Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996) as Maria
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) as the Nurse
  • Shakespeare Re-Told- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (mini-series, 2005) as Polly

 

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Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Oxford Playhouse, 1987)
  • Hamlet (1990) as Ophelia
  • As You Like It (BBC Radio, 2000) as Rosalind

 

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Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (British national Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British national Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British national Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British national Theatre, 1988)

 

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Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Riverside Studios, 1990) as a Witch
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1991)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National Theatre, 1992)
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1993)
  • Macbeth (Tricycle Theatre, 1995) as Lady Macbeth
  • Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse, 2004) as Olivia
  • As You Like It (Wyndham Theater, 2005) as Rosalind

 

Read Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 1.

Read Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 2.

Read Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 3.

 

Tomorrow will be the final instalment of our Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series, and we will also be celebrating Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare Sonnets by Kids – A 9-year-old’s translation of Sonnet #105

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SONNET 105

Let not my love be call’d idolatry,

Nor my beloved as an idol show,

Since all alike my songs and praises be

To one, of one, still such, and ever so.

Kind is my love to-day, to-morrow kind,

Still constant in a wondrous excellence;

Therefore my verse to constancy confined,

One thing expressing, leaves out difference.

‘Fair, kind and true’ is all my argument,

‘Fair, kind, and true’ varying to other words;

And in this change is my invention spent,

Three themes in one, which wondrous scope affords.

‘Fair, kind, and true,’ have often lived alone,

Which three till now never kept seat in one.

 

9-YEAR-OLD’S TRANSLATION

My love for you isn’t worship,

and I won’t be urged to put you on display.

All my songs and praises

are for one person, you and they are all one.

My love will be here today and tomorrow…

You are constant, and so am I.

If I change, I become less constant. That is not my goal.

You can’t find fair, kind and true all in one person,

but you are that person with all three qualities.

Give the gift of poetry this Valentine’s Day!

For more information or to purchase a sonnet, click here!