“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
It’s time to revisit a classic. In 2016, we celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare by reading his most famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Combine four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, a few jealous fairies and an enchanted forest and you have the makings of three interlocking plots that take place over the course of one night. Midsummer has a wealth of unforgettable characters along with dazzling displays of verse.
We have copies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream available in many formats. Choose which one works best for you. The Library and its partners also have an array of programs and book discussions along with terrific companion reads and movies.
This year, we end our One Book celebration with a Shakespeare Faire. Verily, thou shouldst save the date, a Saturday, the 30th of April. We’ll be there anon.
View our Calendar of Events for more information or to sign up for the program of your choice.
Now through Saturday, March 12
All SJCPL locations or any 1st Sourch Banking Center in South Bend
High School Students – here’s your chance to create bookmarks using themes from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on April 14 at the Main library at 6:30 p.m. Winning bookmarks will be printed and displayed at the St. Joseph County Main Library. Click here for more details.
Programs for Adults
Shakespeare – History, Tragedy, Comedy in 3 Parts @ Forever Learning
8 sessions beginning Wednesday, March 9 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Forever Learning Institute, 54191 Ironwood Road, South Bend
Steven Gable MD, Instructor
Read and discuss three plays: King Richard the Second, MacBeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Learn a little about the Bard, Elizabethan England, and the British monarchy while participating in One Book, One Michiana.
Why do Fools Fall in Love?
Friday, April 1 5:00 p.m.
Library Annex, 106 W. Wayne St., South Bend
…Love Potions, of course! Fill and decorate your own bottle with bubble bath. An essential oils expert from Whole Foods Market in Mishawaka will provide a demonstration on how to make your own magical concoctions.
First Friday Character Walk-About
Friday, April 1 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Visit with Shakespeare and friends from A Midsummer Night’s Dream as they travel around South Bend spreading love and fairy dust.
Friday, April 1 Doors open at 6:15 p.m., First question 7:00 p.m.
Main Library, Humphreys Multimedia Room
SJCPL’s 5th Annual Trivia Night is a chance to have a rollicking evening while supporting the Library. There will be 10 rounds – 100 questions. Teams are encouraged to bring their own snacks. Cash bar. You must be 21 to participate. Entry fee is $120 for a table of eight. Call 282-4670 to make your reservation.
Courtly English Tea
Saturday, April 2 2:00 p.m.
Centre Township Branch
Celebrate A Midsummer Night’s Dream by being our guest for an enchanted English Tea with a faerie theme. Dressing up is encouraged. Bring your favorite quote from the play to share and listen for faerie whispers. Magic awaits. Registration required.
Green Screen at the Globe Theatre
April 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Studio 304, Main Library
“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” Put yourself in the starring role with costumes and the Studio 304 green screen. Strike a pose, pick a background, and print your new headshot. Call 282-4655 for more info.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – movie
Tuesday, April 5 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Buchanan District Library – Jack Knight Café
Join us for A Midsummer Night’s Dream movie viewing of the 1999 adaptation with Michelle Pfeiffer and Stanley Tucci. PG-13.
Tuesday, April 5 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan District Library – Jack Knight Café
Transform silk flowers into faeries using beads, wire and yarn. Patrons of all ages can create fanciful sprites; reservations encouraged. Sign up at the library or call 269-695-3681.
Spirits of Another Sort: Imagining Faeries in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Wednesday, April 6 6:00 p.m.
ND Hesburgh Library, Center for Digital Scholarship
Renowned Notre Dame Shakespeare scholar, Jesse Lander, presents a lecture on Shakespeare and the supernatural. Professor Lander is the author of many books and articles about Shakespeare's works including A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Problem of Belief.
From Freud to Ayahuaska – The Inner Roads of Dreams
Thursday, April 7 7:00 p.m.
IUSB, Weikamp Hall, Room 1001
Psychologists have many theories about dreams and what they mean. Do we dream to foretell the future? Are dreams the doorway to other worlds? Is a dream just the brain burning off excess energy or is a dream your brain's way of solving problems too complex for the waking mind? Dé Bryant, IUSB Director of the Social Action Project, looks at dreams and how to interpret them.
More programming information coming soon.
Sponsors & Partners
We would like to thank all of our Michiana libraries, schools, book clubs, media outlets, organizations, and businesses for joining and supporting us as we celebrate One Book, One Michiana!
Friends of the St. Joseph County Public Library
Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
Potato Creek State Park
South Bend Area Genealogical Society
St. Joseph County Parks
Buchanan District Library
Forever Learning Institute
The History Museum
Indiana University South Bend
Shakespeare at ND
University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries