How to register
To register click on 'Your account' at the top right corner of the page. You will need to choose a user name and password. Select 'Organisation' from the user type drop down menu. Once registered you will have access to many more resources and videos and you can list your events and workshops by clicking on the relevant category under 'Links' on the right hand side of the login page.
Resources for libraries
These resources have been designed specifically for libraries. Register on the Shakespeare Week website (see 'How to register', above) for further free resources.
- Shakespeare Week in Libraries logo
- Shakespeare reading list for adults
- Shakespeare reading list for children
- A missing letters quiz from Hampshire Library
- Answers to the missing letters quiz
- A crossword from Hampshire Libraries
- Answers to the crossword
- Chatterbooks activity pack
- Instruction pack for the following six resources
- Resources: the scroll
- Resources: write a poem
- Resources: characters to dress
- Resources: the theatre
- resources: headband images
- Resources: masks to colour from Marcia Williams
- Make your own Tudor ruffs (print at A3)
- Lullabies for Rhyme Time - words
- Musical score - Hush Be Still lullaby for Rhyme Time
- Musical score - I'm an Actor lullaby for Rhyme Time
- Musical score - Shakespeare Singalong lullaby for Rhyme Time
- Audio file - Hush Be Still lullaby for Rhyme Time
- Audio file - I'm an Actor lullaby for Rhyme Time
- Audio file - Shakespeare Singalong lullaby for Rhyme Time
- How to use the Rhyme Time Lullabies
- How to Make a Tudor Instrument
Use these resources to run a storytelling session based on A Midsummer Night's Dream or The Tempest in your library. You can also use the resources to create a Story Sack suitable for using in your sessions or for children and families to use together. There are suggestions for additional content to add to the sacks in the resource 'Information sheet for libraries - story sacks'.
Check out these new videos made in collaboration with our partners, The Story Museum, providing tips and inspiration for your own storytelling sessions.
Our fabulous Event Kits, written and designed in collaboration with Walker Books are comprehensive packs that give you everything you need to run a simple event. Choose from A Midsummer Night's Dream or The Tempest. Select the activities you would like to use and plan a craft, storytelling or quiz session.
Art & Design resources
We're delighted to offer three exciting new resource packages designed to be the basis for easy-to-run Shakespeare Sketchbook sessions in the library. The resources were created for Shakespeare Week by illustrator, Jennie Maizels. There are two step-by-step videos that describe and show two of the projects: Create a Romeo and Juliet Scene and Create a Mini Stratford-upon-Avon. Each of these videos has accompanying resource sheets to help you complete the activities. In addition you will find our delightful Shakespeare Sketchbooks (coming soon). These eight page Shakespeare Sketchbooks are fun to complete in a group session and can be taken home as souvenirs.
Lego Shakespeare Characters
Why not run a Shakespeare themed LEGO club in Shakespeare Week? We are pleased to provide instructions for creating 13 Shakespeare characters and William Shakespeare himself. These resources provide a step-by-step set of instructions to build the individual 10-15cm tall characters as well as a comprehensive 'brick list' so you can plan your sessions. The bricks are mostly standard and commonly-owned LEGO bricks but can also be ordered from the websites listed on the resource. You can of course be creative and swap colours or poses if you wish! There are multiple characters from several plays so that the children can enjoy some imaginative play with their characters.
NEW for 2021
For Shakespeare Week 2021, children's author Nicola Davies has written some new Shakespeare inspired animal poems for younger children, perfect for a Rhyme Time session. Click on the link below to access them.
Our new Romeo and Juliet storytelling pack provides practical tips for perfecting the art of storytelling as well as ways to deepen children's engagement with the story.
Find out more: Videos
Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and the author of Shakespeare: Ideas in Profile has made his series of two-minute movies available for libraries to use: