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Experience Shakespeare@Your Library

What is a "Community Read"?

A "Community Reads" campaign brings members of a community together to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The objectives of this type of programming are to strengthen community ties and promote literacy. The Community Reads program started right here in the Northwest in 1998 by Nancy Pearl, executive director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. Today, libraries across the nation have implemented this program!

Shakespeare Becomes Electric

Follow the links below to find eBooks, audiobooks and films on hoopla!, the digital streaming service available through your library.

Read Shakespeare on eBook

Listen to Shakespeare on Audiobook

Shakespeare at the Movies

Learn about Shakespeare

We are delighted to begin a new season in our community reading program, Jackson County Reads.  We will explore and celebrate the 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy.

William Shakespeare is the most widely-read author in the English language.  When he died in 1616, he left behind plays, sonnets, poems, and a reputation that is unmatched in the English-speaking world.  

Shakespeare is everywhere: in the movies, the theater, the bookstore, the library, and in our language and the sayings we utter every day.  How do we account for this astonishing influence?

First and foremost, Shakespeare was a storyteller writing for the stage.  His comedies, tragedies, romances, and historical plays were created to entertain and move the audience.

From March through April 2016, the Jackson County Library will offer a variety of events for all ages - movies, discussions, crafts, history talks and lots of fun. We invite you to share in the joy of Shakespeare’s work, the excitement of the stage, and the culture of his times.

 Jackson County Library Reads programs are funded in part by the Jackson County Cultural Coalition of the Oregon Cultural Trust.