Evanston Public Library joins libraries across the state of Illinois in February 2016 to celebrate the timeless works of William Shakespeare who died 400 years ago.
EPL is proud to take part in a collaborative reading and program initiative, #DiscoverWill: Illinois Libraries Celebrate “Shakespeare’s First Folio,” with five different programs including discussions geared for adults, workshops, crafts and films for teens.

This Shakespeare programming coincides with a traveling exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio,” considered by many to be one of the greatest books ever printed in English. The exhibit, on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library, will be on display at the Lake County Discovery Museum from Feb. 3-28.

Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., “Shakespeare in the Middle East.” Co-sponsored by Silk Road Rising Theatre in Chicago, this program features Riad Ismat, a Buffett Institute Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University, former Syrian minister of culture, and an award winning Syrian short-story writer and author. He will discuss Shakespeare’s lengthy performance history in the Middle East and how it connects today to a broader Middle Eastern audience. Registration at epl.org or 847-448-8620.

Feb. 14, 3 p.m., Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., “The First Folio: How We Almost Lost Macbeth.” The First Folio of Shakespeare, published in 1623, is a unique literary treasure. Collected, collated and edited by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors and friends, John Heminge and Henry Condell, this volume contains a collection of 37 plays – 18 of which had not appeared in print before the First Folio, and so would have been lost were it not for this document. Register online or by calling 847-448-8620.

Evanston Public Library #DiscoverWill programs include these activities for teens at the Main Library, 1703 Orrigton Ave:

Feb. 14, 2 p.m., “Shakespeare Sonnets and Soliloquies for Teens.”

Feb. 15, 1-5 p.m., DIY Drop-in –  Shakespeare Flower Crowns.

Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Teen Film Screening: “10 Things I Hate About You,” based on William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”