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Shakespeare's First Folio goes on tour

Shakespeare's First Folio visits Kiama Library

Shakespeare's First Folio visits Kiama Library 

As part of the State Library’s Shakespeare 400 celebrations, Shakespeare’s First Folio visited Dubbo and Kiama libraries.

Shakespeare’s First Folio – Rare book! What a rare and wonderful privilege to see it here at Macquarie Regional Library in Dubbo.  Shakespeare’s First Folio was on display on 28 and 29 July in the Dubbo Branch Library attracting much interest from library visitors.   At the two presentations, members of the Dubbo community had the pleasure of viewing the Folio and hearing from State Library staff about the Folio. Maggie Patton, Manager, Research & Discovery, spoke enthusiastically about its history and the workings of the book industry at the time that Shakespeare’s friends made the important decision to print his works.  Sarah Morley, Curator, Research & Discovery Branch, delighted the audience by finding their favourite passage in this rare volume, now considered to be the most influential book ever published in the English language.       

By Narelle Nolan, Dubbo Branch Manager, Macquarie Regional Library

Rumours abound that a rare and special item would make the long journey from the State Library archives to the township of Kiama. Yes we could confirm that that Shakespeare’s First Folio would visit the library on 20 June.  The Folio was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of more than 90 who listened enthralled as Maggie Patton, rare books expert at the State Library explained the history of the Folio, how and why it was produced and who donated it to the State Library. The security guard hired to ensure the book remained safe while in the library didn’t miss the opportunity for a selfie!  Our thanks to the State Library for providing this opportunity to the Kiama community.

By Michelle Hudson, Manager Library Services, Kiama Municipal Council

This post also featured in the Spring 2016 issue of In the Libraries enewsletter.