Libraries mark Shakespeare Week

Derbyshire Libraries will be marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a series of events this year.

The first activities will be in Shakespeare Week between March 14 and 20.

The week is coordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and aims to introduce primary aged children to Shakespeare’s life, works and times in a fun and engaging way.

They provide the tools and support to enable libraries, schools and other groups to get involved. So if you have an idea for an event you could stage with the help of your library pop in and talk to the staff.

If you go to you can find out what is already planned for the East Midlands.

More than 7000 schools and organisations celebrated with them in 2015 and 2016 is expected to be even bigger because of the special anniversary.

April 23 marks both the day of Shakespeare’s birth and death. Nationally there are plans to make this a mass participation day encouraging people to take part in readings and to take selfies and clips to post on social media. So make sure you get involved.

Derbyshire libraries are planning to work with Sharpe’s Pottery in Swadlincote and Derbyshire Adult Community Education to hold pop-up theatre workshops,  have fun with costume dressing and encourage Shakespearian creative writing. It will be a family drop-in session between 10.30am  and 1pm

They are also planning to hold a Family Fun morning at Clay Cross Library.

Further activities and events are planned for later in the year so watch this space.