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The life of the “Bard of Avon” will be honored Saturday, April 23 at the Marshall Public Library.
Starting at 2 p.m., the Marshall Public Library will kickoff a combined birthday-deathday celebration for William Shakespeare. The party will feature cake, dramatic interpretations of the world-famous poet and playwright’s work, and more.
“Shakespeare was born on April 23 and died on the same day 52 years later, so it is fitting that we celebrate the entirety of his work on Saturday,” said Amy Campbell, Reference Librarian. “We’ll have Rebecca Battle and Tom Daly performing music that is from the same era as when Shakespeare lived. Plus, ISU students Corinna Barrett and Jessica Sage Hoffman-Ramirez will be performing ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Act 2 Scene 1.”
Also during the celebration, awards will be handed out to high school and college students for the sonnet competition held in conjunction with National Poetry Month. Participants are invited to try their hand at rewriting their favorite song lyrics in a Shakespearean-style sonnet. The contest is excepting entries until 5 p.m. Friday, April 15.
For more information on the party or the sonnet competition, call Amy Campbell at 232-1263 ext. 106.
More on the many programs and services offered by the library can be found at marshallpl.org.