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Library Happenings – Shakespeare updating works

By Angie Georgeff

This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. In celebration of the Bard’s life and work, the Hogarth Shakespeare project is publishing a series of novels that update many of Shakespeare’s best loved plots.

The latest is Anne Tyler’s “Vinegar Girl,” a modern rendering of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Kate Battista, the ill-tempered, tart-tongued daughter of a research scientist, works as an assistant in a nursery school, keeps house for her widowed father and tries to shield her younger-and-prettier sister from the besotted boys who train in her wake.

Dr. Battista is on the brink of a major breakthrough when he learns that his brilliant research assistant Pyotr will be deported when his visa expires. His solution, of course, is to marry Kate to Pyotr so that he can remain in the country and on the job. Battista’s scheme suits Pyotr well enough, but why would any American woman wish to be wed for a green card?

Next in the series will be Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood’s reimagination of “The Tempest,” which is scheduled to be released in October. Jo Nesbo’s take on “Macbeth” and Tracy Chevalier’s spin on “Othello” are planned for next year, but we will have to wait until 2021 to see what Gillian Flynn makes of “Hamlet.” I imagine it will be worth the wait.

Children’s Programs

After their summer hiatus, our weekly storytimes for children will resume next week. On Wednesday, Sept. 7, the one-hour program will begin at noon. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, story time will be followed from 1 to 2 p.m. by our new Homeschool Group. A calendar of our children’s programs is available at the circulation desk. And check our Unicoi County Public Library Kids and Teens Facebook page for the latest information on all of our youth programming.

Teen Programs

Our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is currently accepting new members for the 2016/2017 school year. This group provides opportunities for high school students to earn capstone hours needed for graduation by volunteering to help with American Girl Club, Lego Club, Reading Buddies and holiday parties. Members also will have a chance to recommend books, audiobooks and DVDs they would like to see added to our young adult collections and to suggest programs aimed at teens.

Movie nights, “murder mysteries,” tie-dyeing T-shirts, and ghost hunting are some of the ideas that have been mentioned, but you may have your own fabulous idea. A meeting for all members, both old and new, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. Parents who want more information about the group are welcome to attend.