"My library was dukedom large enough." — William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Perhaps no author is more quoted (and sometimes misquoted) than William Shakespeare. This year, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard, the 2016 Adult Winter Reading Program features books and plays that remind us that Shakespeare is still inspiring novelists, playwrights, and poets.
All titles on a suggested reading list take inspiration from Shakespeare and his works, from the foolish wisdom of King Lear's jester to Hamlet's multiple portrayals of grief over the loss of a father. There's also an amusing mashup of the Bard and the Force (as in "be with you").
See how a number of today's writers have put their own spin on some of Shakespeare's most beloved storylines during the two-month program, themed A Winter's Tale Spin.
It's part of an extended celebration of Shakespeare accompanying a June exhibit at the Library that will feature a rare, nearly 400-year-old First Folio – the first printed collection of Shakespeare's plays.
What is the Winter Reading Program?
The Adult Winter Reading Program is an annual initiative of the Kansas City Public Library aimed at encouraging leisure reading among adults. Every year, the program advances a different theme (such as A Winter's Tale Spin) as a means of recommending literary classics and overlooked gems to the reading public.
Kansas City is consistently ranked among the top 10 cities nationwide in terms of library usage*, and the Adult Winter Reading Program is just one opportunity to celebrate and reward Library patrons who are helping build a community of readers!
How to Participate in Winter Reading
Read any five books between January 19 and March 19, 2016. The Kansas City Public Library has a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction titles designed to appeal to all reading interests. While our entire collection is at your disposal, readers should also feel free to browse their own shelves at home for a prized paperback or hardcover classic.
* According to the 2010 Central Connecticut State University Study "America's Most Literate Cities."