Libraries are being asked to get involved with Shakespeare Week 16 - 22 March 2015

Call for libraries to get ready for Shakespeare Week 2015

In 2014, the first Shakespeare Week celebration saw 3,142 schools and 470,000 children take part and 62,000 Passports to Shakespeare distributed.

To develop the celebration with families, SCL and ASCEL are encouraging library services to offer family/group activities during Shakespeare Week and are producing resources to support activities.  Partners involved in 2015 are the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Society of Chief Librarians, the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians, The Reading Agency and CILIP.

Libraries are urged to start planning their Shakespeare Week events and activities now - to ensure the 2015 celebration builds on last year’s success.   It is also planned to have an events map on the website that will show all the events taking place across the UK, so libraries are encouraged to upload their events to the main website.

All libraries adding their details to the Shakespeare week website at will be entered into a competition for a very exciting prize draw. The prize will be an author-led workshop by Christopher Lloyd  to be delivered at a library belonging to the ‘winning’ service. 


How to get involved

A film, a book list and a resource pack will be made available for libraries who wish to get involved; Lynne Taylor from The Reading Agency is working on Shakespeare Themed Chatterbooks packs to celebrate the week.

The project co-ordinator is Mag Astill and the project will be promoted on Twitter at @shakespeareweek

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