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Birthday Bard: Library events celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday at the Hood River Library with performances and activities for kids and grown-ups alike.

These programs are free and open to the public. Here’s the schedule for the annual celebration:

n April 22-26 — Know Your Shakespeare Challenge. Adults, come to the front desk and take the Shakespeare Quiz for a Dog River certificate drawing. Kids, come to the kids’ desk and pick up your Shakespeare bookmark, memorize your quote, recite it for the librarian and choose a free book.

n April 22, 3:30-5 p.m. — Woodland Crown Craft: Get ready for Midsummer Night’s Dream and make a forest fairy crown like King Oberon and Queen Titania.

n April 23, 6 p.m. — Happy Birthday Shakespeare: Celebrate the Bard’s big day at a special performance of “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival presents the bard as you’ve never seen him. Fast-paced, energetic and full of surprise. Birthday cake will be served afterwards.

n April 24, 3:30 to 5 p.m. — Shakespeare for Kids: Delightfully animated adaptations of three famous plays.

The events are sponsored by Apple Green, Friends of the Library, Dog River Coffee, Hood River Middle School, Rosauers and Windflower cakes. For details, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriverli-brary.org or visit hoodriverlibrary.org.

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