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451 Years Old—and Still Full of Life!

By Folger Education   Happy 451st, Will! Today is when people all over the world traditionally celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, and we’re thrilled to bring you even more ideas for marking this occasion. Thanks to all the teachers, students, librarians, and theater practitioners who shared their fabulous birthday plans.   Here’s how the Folger celebrated on… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare's Birthday at the Folger

By Folger Education Thanks to everyone who celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday with us on Sunday. Check back here on Thursday for a full report—and more birthday ideas from our teaching colleagues!   In the meantime, enjoy these photos from Sunday’s celebration.  


3 Wonderful and Witty Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday

By Folger Education   Shakespeare’s birthday is around the corner (April 23rd), and we’ve been collecting your ideas for celebrating his 451st. To kick off this year’s festivities, we’re thrilled to share these 3 fabulous ideas from our teaching colleagues: Host a Shakespeare’s Birthday Read-a-Thon. Take a cue from Jim Cody at Brookdale Community College… Continue Reading »


A Lyrical Performance

By Kevin Costa Shakespeare’s Sonnets are fantastic for so many reasons. Peter O’Toole, in an interview on NPR a few years ago, said, “They’re my life companion. They’re at the side of my bed. They travel with me. I pick them up, and I read them all the time. I find them endlessly informing, endlessly… Continue Reading »


Enter Poet: Emily Dickinson, the Folger, and a Lock of Hair

By Corinne Viglietta   Happy National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we share with you a special poem inspired by the poet Claudia Emerson’s visit to our very own Folger Shakespeare Library. It’s a beautiful meditation on the life of an author—not Shakespeare, but Emily Dickinson, whose belongings were on view as part of a special… Continue Reading »


Teaching Romeo and Juliet with Technology: Part Four

By Folger Education Today we bring you an idea for a final project in a Romeo and Juliet unit. Watch how Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2014 alum and English teacher David Fulco blends performance, language study, and digital research in this student-centered assignment. We love how he uses web tools to promote exploratory, independent learning in… Continue Reading »