Arts & Leisure

Throughout the week of April 10-16, the Anacortes library celebrates National Library Week, National Poetry Month and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life and work with a series of engaging programs, captivating events and hands-on activities featuring poetry and the Bard.

This celebration also coincides with the historic “First Folio” – the book that gave the world Shakespeare – on exhibit at Seattle Public Library.

Activities at the Library include

  • Displays of fun and fascinating information about the great storyteller and the First Folio
  • Hands-on stations for
  • poetry and sonnet projects
  • a delightful Shakespearian insults generator
  • Live poetry/sonnet reading featuring original works by AMS students on Fri., April 15 at 12:30pm upstairs by the fireplace
  • Poetic correspondence with Ruth Ozeki, “What Would You Do to Set Them Free?” and Dante’s Inferno poetry
  • Conversation with Betty Bastai, the artist who created the poetic correspondence art piece, on Sat., April 16 at 1pm in the Library Meeting Room
  • Meeting with Shakespearean actors from Skagit Valley’s only Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Northwest, to be announced
  • And a special highlight of the week:

400 Years Later: Why Shakespeare?
Wed., Apr. 13, 7pm

400 years ago this month, the world’s most famous author died, and we’re still talking about him. What makes Shakespeare so great? The Library’s Public Services Manager Diana Farnsworth, a former acting/writing teacher who has directed numerous productions -- most recently Much Ado about Nothing for Shakespeare Northwest -- provides scenes from Shakespeare plus trivia and fun facts about the playwright who shaped so much of the English language we know today.

Programs are free and open to the public.

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