Last week, our twenty-five NEH Summer Scholars bid farewell to the Folger and returned to their school districts to get ready for the new school term. They had a month-long intensive institute filled with opportunities to engage Shakespeare’s plays through curriculum, performance, and research-based activities. Our first look at the feedback we received from our Summer Scholars indicates that, among the many activities they were able to engage in while at the Folger, they loved the opportunity to research in the Folger’s reading rooms best of all. And who wouldn’t? With an incredible collection of materials on Shakespeare and the early modern period, the Library is an excellent resource. Our YouTube page contains a number of videos we have produced that are designed to help researchers make the most of their time in the Library. Chief among them is our recently added Handling Rare Materials, produced through our partnership with Alabama Public Television. In case you haven’t seen it, take a look. You’ll get a glimpse of our reading room, an introduction to our rare materials, and a primer on how to keep our materials safe for all to read. And, if you want to explore more of the Library, check out the video from our 75th anniversary celebration in 2007, Henry and Emily Folger Build a Library. Enjoy!
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