Welcome To Shakespeare Week


Exciting resources and ideas for libraries

On this page you will find some resources that have been created for libraries. Access more fantastic free resources and list your library events on the Shakespeare Week website by following our easy steps to register.

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. 

  1. Shakespeare Week in Libraries logo
  2. Shakespeare reading list for adults
  3. Shakespeare reading list for children
  4. A missing letters quiz from Hampshire Library
  5. Answers to the missing letters quiz
  6. A crossword from Hampshire Libraries
  7. Answers to the crossword
  8. Chatterbooks activity pack 
  9. Instruction pack for the following six resources
  10. Resources: the scroll
  11. Resources: write a poem
  12. Resources: characters to dress
  13. Resources: the theatre
  14. resources: headband images
  15. Resources: masks to colour from Marcia Williams
  16. Make your own Tudor ruffs (print at A3) 
  17. Lullabies for Rhyme Time - words
  18. Musical score - Hush Be Still lullaby for Rhyme Time
  19. Musical score - I'm an Actor lullaby for Rhyme Time
  20. Musical score - Shakespeare Singalong lullaby for Rhyme Time
  21. Audio file - Hush Be Still lullaby for Rhyme Time
  22. Audio file - I'm an Actor lullaby for Rhyme Time
  23. Audio file - Shakespeare Singalong lullaby for Rhyme Time
  24. How to use the Rhyme Time Lullabies
  25. How to Make a Tudor Instrument
Storytelling resources 

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'. 

Tempest - Short Shakespeare Tale

Short Shakespeare Tale - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Finger puppets to colour - The Tempest

Finger puppets in full colour - The Tempest

Finger puppets to colour in - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Finger puppets in full colour - A Midsummer Night's Dream

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.

Snappy CPD - Storytelling tips

Snappy CPD - Retelling The Tempest

Retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream

NEW for 2019 - Event Kits

Our fabulous new Event Kit, written and designed in collaboration with Walker Books is a comprehensive pack that gives you everything you need to run a simple event based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. Select the activities you would like to use and plan a craft, storytelling or quiz session. 

Shakespeare Week Event Kit - A Midsummer Night's Dream 

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:

Video: Encountering Shakespeare
Video: What Did Shakespeare Write?
Video: What Was Shakespeare's Life Like?
Video: How Did Shakespeare Write?
Video: The Power of Shakespeare