Shakespeare reading group returns to library in Steamboat

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To sign up for the Shakespeare Read­ing Group at Bud Werner Memorial Library or for more information, call Jennie Lay at 970-879-0240, ext. 317, or e-mail jlay@steamboatlibrary.org.

— The Shakespeare Reading Group at Bud Werner Memorial Library is coming back for its second year.

But instead of the students in the class reciting “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” they’ll read, “To be, or not to be, that is the question.”

Veteran teacher Sally Fostic, who taught honors English at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Ill., for 25 years and has a Master of Arts degree in literature and theology from the University of Chicago, returns to teach “Hamlet.” She taught “Romeo and Juliet” last year.

“It was so popular,” said Jennie Lay, adult programs coordinator for the library. “We filled the group. It was so great.”

Lay said there are 15 spots, and as of Tuesday night, 11 were available. The group will meet from 6 to 7:15 p.m. for six consecutive Wednesdays starting Feb. 2 in Conference Room 201 next to Library Hall. The reading group is free.

Fostic said a friend who thought she had missed out on Shakespeare while in school approached her about teaching a class. Fostic put together a proposal, which the library accepted.

“I was amazed at the number of motivated people and people who were interested in acting out Shakespearean scenes and were able to do so with such intelligence,” she said. “That’s not easy stuff. I just happened to get a collection of people who were wonderful.”

Fostic, who splits time bet­­ween Chicago and Steam­boat, said she’s excited about bringing back the class, which is intended for people of varying levels of familiarity with the works of William Shakespeare.

And Fostic added that she’s still trying to find a good model for teaching adults, as opposed to the lecturing of high school. She said many of her students in last year’s class wanted to read and act out scenes, and others were content to listen.

Lay said the library would provide copies of “Hamlet” to participants.

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