April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. All around the world people are celebrating Shakespeare 400 by honoring the profound influence of the playwright’s work and lasting impact on the English language. Explore all things Shakespearean at Cobb County libraries.
Upcoming library events include:
All the World’s a Stage: Shakespeare Day at Switzer Library on Thursday, April 21 from 4-5 pm. Library patrons and staff are invited to the front lawn of the library to recite their favorite monologues, lines, and sonnets in celebration of the Bard, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.
- April 16th — Romeo and Juliet PG (1968) Franco Zefferelli’s award winning version of Shakespeare’s classic tale of two star-crossed lovers with serious family issues.
- April 30th — The Tempest PG13 (2010) Prospero, the true Duke of Milan, is banished to a remote island by his jealous brother. This begins a thrilling quest by sorcerer Prospero to reinstate his daughter Miranda to her rightful place.
Shakespeare quotes are in the air at your Cobb libraries:
East Marietta Branch Manager Bruce Thompson shares a favorite Shakespearean quote that seems to speak directly to Baby Boomers:
Lord Chief-Justice: “Do you set down your name in the scroll of youth, that are written down old with all the characters of age? Have you not a moist eye? a dry hand? a yellow cheek? a white beard? a decreasing leg? an increasing belly? is not your voice broken? your wind short? your chin double? your wit single? and every part about you blasted with antiquity? and will you yet call yourself young? Fie, fie, fie, Sir John!”
— Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV