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Free Shakespeare for Kids Library Club

Kids Brush Up Their Shakespeare at Local Libraries

Magic, wizards, potions, ghosts, swords and witches

Abram (1) Do you bite your thumb at us sir?
Sampson (2) I do bite my thumb sir!
Gregory (3) Draw if you be men!
Abram (4) Have at thee coward!

Thou Sap-Consuming, Double-Damned, Blood-Sucking Water-Rat!

This may be an exchange you hear as kids learn how to hurl Shakespearean insults when they draw their swords and do battle between the Montagues and Capulets, during the Shakespeare for Kids Library Club.

Under the artistic direction of Michael Kelly, the Shakespeare in Action team of highly skilled actor-educators work with children between the ages of seven and twelve, focusing on arts and literacy through Shakespeare’s plays. 

Sponsored by TD Financial Group this free program served over 4500 children in the GTA since 2005. This season thirty community libraries throughout Metro Toronto are participating between November 3rd 2012 and May 11th 2013.

Regardless of demographics or socio-economic background the Shakespeare for Kids Library Club approach of learning through the arts, overcomes all kinds of barriers.  Kids practice their reading skills, stage small scenes and tableaux, as they familiarize themselves with the heightened language of Shakespeare’s plays.  The program includes theatre games, vocal warm-ups, story writing, and choral speaking exercises.  Children are introduced to a number of Shakespeare’s stories: Romeo and Juliet; The Tempest; Macbeth; Twelfth Night; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream over six weeks of consecutive Saturday sessions at their local library. 

For more information contact Michael Kelly at 416-703-4881.

See link for participating libraries:

Category: Educational
Start Date: 2012-11-10
End Date: 2013-05-11

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