SOUTH BEND — Trivia night, an English tea, sonnet readings, book discussions, a birthday party and a Shakespeare Faire are among the events planned for this year’s “One Book, One Michiana” series focusing on the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare.
“One Book, One Michiana” events will take place April 1-30 at area libraries and other sites in the community.
All events are open to the general public. Most of the events are free, and a few require advance registration.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of Shakespeare’s best known comedies, is the “One Book, One Michiana” selection for 2016. The play’s plot revolves around four young lovers, a group of amateur actors, a few jealous fairies and an enchanted forest. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the famous English playwright.
Here are some of the events planned:
l April 1: Trivia Night competition at the Main Library, 304 S. Main St., starting at 7 p.m. Ten rounds, including 100 questions. Entry fee is $120 for a table of eight. Participants must be 21 to enter. Bring your own snacks, cash bar available. Register your team in advance by calling 574-282-4670.
l 2 p.m. April 2: A courtly English tea at the Centre Township Branch, 1150 E. Kern Road. Free. Advance registration required by calling 574-251-3700.
l 1 p.m. April 5: Free screening of the 1999 film adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” followed at 3 p.m. by a related crafts event, at Buchanan District Library, 128 E. Front St., Buchanan.
l 6 p.m. April 12: A demonstration of how to create a faerie garden. Free. Advance registration required by calling 574-271-5144.
l 5 p.m. April 13: Attend a taping of the show “Dinner and a Book: A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at WNIT-Channel 34. Register in advance at 574-282-4646.
l 2 p.m. April 15: Tea at Tippecanoe Place restaurant, 620 W. Washington St. Join local actors Mary Ann Moran and Bill Svelmoe for a presentation of some of the scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Cost is $17.50 per person, cash or check payable at the event. Register in advance at 574-282-4646.
l April 17 to 23: Shakespeare sonnet readings at various library locations.
l 6 p.m. April 26: Birthday party in honor of Shakespeare. Free. Center for Digital Scholarship, Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame
l 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 30: A Shakespeare Faire in Leeper Park East in South Bend. Free. There will be musicians, storytellers, artisans, actors and combat artists bringing Renaissance and Elizabethan England to life.
The St. Joseph County Public Library each year picks a book or other literary work and encourages area residents to read and discuss it, and explore related films and other works. Many copies of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are available at SJCPL in various formats, including print, audio, film and e-books.
For a complete schedule, see: libraryforlife.org/one-book.