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April 23–Celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th Birth Anniversary

williamshakespeare“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

These are but a few of quotes attributed to William Shakespeare. (and some of my favorites!)

Dramatist, actor, poet and theater manager, William Shakespeare wrote 38 play and 154 sonnets (among many other writings).  He was born April 23, 1564 in Stratford-on-Avon and baptised 3 days later (birthdate is an approximate, but baptism record is correct). His parents were John, an alderman and successful glover and Mary Shakespeare. He was the third child of eight and the eldest surviving son. Most biographers agree that Shakespeare was probably educated at the King’s New School in Stratford. He was taught basic Latin and had an intensive education in grammar based upon classical authors.

At the age of 18 he married 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. Six months later their daughter Susanna was baptised May 26, 1583 and twins, Judith and Hamnet, baptised February 2, 1585 (Hamnet died at age 11).
Biographers refer to the years 1585 to 1592 as Shakespeare’s “lost years” as there are no traceable facts during this period. However, by late 1592 he seems to be a sufficiently well-known playwright. From 1594 his plays were performed by only the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, eventually becoming known as the King’s Men.
He became a well-to-do man and in 1597 he bought the second-largest house in Stratford. He died there April 23, 1616.

Shakespeare managed to create the most influential and lasting body of work in the English language. He contributed thousands of words and explored human nature with subtlety and compassion.


Some Like it Hot

afterburnWith the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, many authors are taking the plunge and adding more “heat” to their books. The two I recently read are quite provocative.
Afterburn: Aftershock by Syliva Day.
The story follows the tumultuous relationship of Gia and Jax. Having been involved briefly before Gia is shocked to see Jax walk in on a huge business deal she has been working on. He sabotages the deal and walks away again. Gia, ever the fighter, comes back with a solution. Jax must decide if he is the man she needs or should he leave for good. This novel has plenty of heat and the relationship between Gia and Jax is compelling.

Letting Go by Maya Banks
New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues to test the boundaries of desire. Inletting go
Letting Go, there’s only one thing left to do: cross them. And never have the consequences of erotic exploration been so  so totally unexpected. Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing
her beloved husband couldn’t give her: dominance.  She’s looking for at an exclusive club, but never imagined she’d find would be the one man who’s long been a source of comfort-and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

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Pictured in the Stacks…

It’s National Library Week so let us remind you that WNPL is here for you through every stage of life from toddlerhood all the way through retirement!  Lean on us and we’ll help you through.  Lives change @ your library!

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Pixar Movie Easter Egg Hunt

pizza planetAre you looking for something fun to do with your kids or grandkids on the upcoming Easter weekend?  This Pizza Planet truck has appeared in every Pixar movie (except The Incredibles).  So consider spending a weekend searching for this hidden ‘Easter Egg’  featured in your family’s favorite flick!

HINT:  If you’re having trouble locating the truck, search YouTube for the answer!

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Frozen Love

Frozen_1400_x_2100_USA_AppleHave you noticed that everyone is obsessed with Disney’s latest movie Frozen?  The music in the movie is equally compelling.  Did you know that WNPL has many copies of both the movie and the soundtrack?  Place your holds today!

And in the meantime, enjoy this acoustic production of Let It Go, the signature song of Frozen sung by Idina Menzel, and made even more appealing by Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and classroom instruments!