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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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Would Shakespeare be social media savvy if he were alive today?

#hashtag…Like…Tweet…Pin…I can’t keep up.

Unlike most of my generation, the social media revolution is too much for me to handle most days! Today I was on the train down to the Shakespeare in Action office and almost everyone around me had a phone in their hands and/or headphones in their ears, myself included, because as much as I say that the social media phenomenon is beyond me, I’m addicted to scrolling through emails and Facebook, especially while I’m on public transit. Looking around I wondered “What are we all so busy doing?” Distracting ourselves with our phones and devices, it’s a habit. It’s company. It’s protection when we’re alone out in public. I know I’m guilty of compulsive phone checking all the time! So I got to thinking, if William Shakespeare were alive and working as a writer in 2013, how social media savvy would he be? I imagine that he’d have to be, or we wouldn’t know who he was. Writers and artists of today work on establishing and creating an authentic image and brand, having a presence and a following online is important….who has time to do that AND make art? Indeed we’re living in a completely different time. A time where we’re “plugged in” most of the time, sometimes that’s a great advantage and a wonderful tool as an artist…other times it makes me wish I was writing in a simpler time. So today, I’m commending all the modern-day Shakespeare’s who may be reading this. The bloggers, the hopefuls mailing packages to publishing houses, the playwrights applying for grants, keep going! I want to hear your words! and of course I’ll Like, add, post, re-tweet accordingly 😉   

 

Happy World Poetry Day!

World Poetry Day has been around since 1999, when it was declared by UNESCO (a United Nations agency.) The day is dedicated to promote all things poetry related from around the world! What are some of your favorite poems? Feel free to share with us!

Now here is a sonnet from one of our favorite writers! (Surely I won’t have to ask you to guess who!)

My love is strengthen’d, though more weak in seeming;
I love not less, though less the show appear:
That love is merchandized whose rich esteeming
The owner’s tongue doth publish every where.
Our love was new and then but in the spring
When I was wont to greet it with my lays,
As Philomel in summer’s front doth sing
And stops her pipe in growth of riper days:
Not that the summer is less pleasant now
Than when her mournful hymns did hush the night,
But that wild music burthens every bough
And sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
Therefore like her I sometime hold my tongue,
Because I would not dull you with my song.

-Sonnet 102