This month, make sure to take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the few existing copies of Shakespeare's First Folio when it is on display at the Currier Museum from April 9 to May 1. The First Folio is the first printed collection of Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare died 400 years ago this month, on April 23, 1616 (his 52nd birthday). Seven years later, in 1623, the First Folio was printed.
After viewing the First Folio, you might be tempted to read more about Shakespeare. Many of his plays inspired other books and movies. If you want to delve into the original plays, the Library has a complete collection in print and as well as audio recordings of complete performances--take Shakespeare along on your commute! While you're in the Library, check out our display of Shakespeare-related books, movies, and more.
When you're online, check out some of these fun Shakespeare resources too. Open Source Shakespeare allows you to interact with the full-text of all the plays. For example, you can find out how many times the word "doth" appears (926). At the Globe Theatre's Shakespeare Playground, young fans can play games and learn more about The Bard. The Folger Library, where the First Folio lives when it's not touring around the country, is another excellent resource and its website includes digital images of the First Folio and other early printings of Shakespeare's works.
When planning your Currier visit, don't forget that the Library's Currier museum pass admits up to 2 adults and youth family members.