Shakesbeer in the Round

“The lunatic, the lover, and the poetry are of imagination all compact.” -A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5 scene 1

April 23 is William Shakespeare’s birthday, so what better way to celebrate than with some poetry and a pint? We’re going to Johnson City Brewing at 6:00 PM on Monday, April 23 for a poetry reading. Bring your favorite poem–written by Shakespeare or not–and share it with some friends. This event is free, and there is no requirement to purchase anything at Johnson City Brewing Company. However, all attendees are required to be aged 21 or older. No registration is required.

“Last year we had an off-site poetry reading and it was wonderful” says Lisa Krekelberg, Adult Services Librarian at JCPL. “People read some of their own poetry, or read something by one of their favorite poets.” We’ll bring a selection of books on poetry and/or Shakespeare too, so we’ve got you covered if you need a little inspiration. You’ll also be able to borrow one of those books right there if you bring your library card with you!

Are you a local thespian? Bring your favorite monologue or short scene from Shakespeare and perform it for the group! “We’re going to set up a circle of chairs with a nice space in the center for people to perform.” Not interested in reading or acting? No problem. Lisa finishes, “this will be really low-key, casual, and fun. You don’t have to read anything if you don’t want to!”

Thank you to the Johnson City Brewing Company (located at 257 East Main Street) for partnering with us for this event! For more on Shakesbeer in the Round or other Adult Services programs at the Johnson City Public Library, call us at 423-434-4454. Check us out on social media as well! Facebook and Instagram are both great ways to stay up-to-the-minute on everything happening at the Johnson City Public Library.

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