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Highlight: Plays

Photo of many plays (in book form) that the library offers
“Is there no play, To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?”

from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In the non-fiction section at Schmaling, in the 812’s and 822’s, you will discover a wide array of plays for your reading enjoyment. Shakespeare is the classic choice, of course, and we have guides and essays enough to escort you through; however, I feel just plunging in and not caring if you get every word is the best path for enjoyment.

Requesting a “No Fear Shakespeare” edition of one of his plays over inter-library loan (ILL) is also a beneficial route since it shows the modern English side by side with the original wordage.

We also offer several movie versions of some of the plays: recordings of actual performances, feature films, and adaptations.  Downstairs in the Children’s Room we have (again in the 822’s)  several resources including biographies, and edited and illustrated versions of the plays.  There are some outstanding anthologies of the plays for children that include some of the original language that can be requested over inter-library loan (ILL); look for such authors as Charles and Mary Lamb (probably age 10+), E. Nesbit (under 10), Jeanie Lang, Leon GarfieldRoger Lancelyn Green and Bruce Coville.  Upstairs in the YA section, there are graphic novels, biographies, adaptations, and an acclaimed historical fiction novel by Gary Schmidt called The Wednesday Wars. Continue reading Highlight: Plays

Stranger Books

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After you’ve binged watched the new season of Stranger Things, why not give some strange books a try: GOTHIC. It’s not just a personal statement or architecture. The literary genre was first made famous by Horace Walpole’s  THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO in 1764.  It then became cemented in culture by Anne Radcliffe’s numerous writings at the end of that century.  19th century Gothic was reinterpreted by the infamous Poe and revived by more recognizable titles such as Shelley’s  FRANKENSTEIN, Stevenson’s DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, and Emily Bronte’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS.  Characterized by strange, mysterious, or threatening settings, an exaggerated sense of the supernatural, clashes between the contemporary and the archaic, and packed with uncanny and sublime moments; Gothic literature is a perfect pairing to these chilling evenings.
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