Illustration of a Rose
Meeting Room C
Main Library
Thursday, April 14
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Shakespeare's plays and poems abound with flowers and gardens. Join VCPRD Naturalist, Amber Slaughterbeck, as we visit the beauty of planting your own Shakespeare garden. Discussion includes garden design, plant uses, and wildlife benefits. Advanced Master Gardener, Marilyn Miller, will elaborate on plant selections and showcase flowers from the Apple House. Participate in our Rose Raffle for a chance to win! 
Cover: Shakespeare Saved My Life by Bates
VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Friday, April 8
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Enjoy a concert from Crossroads Brass Band featuring music selected with the theme of Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, the Wabash Valley Community Read book.  Enjoy the free concert and light refreshments.     
Cover: Shakespeare Saved My Life by Bates
VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Friday, March 25
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Celebrate the Wabash Valley Community Read book, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard! Stone Soup Shakespeare will provide a brief play.  Enjoy heavy appetizers, music and a photo booth! Tickets are $5 and reservations can be made by calling 812-232-1116.     
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Community Locations, Main Library
Tuesday, March 29
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Join Indiana State University First Lady, Cheri Bradley, at the Condit House on Indiana State University's campus as she leads a book discussion about the Wabash Valley Community Read book, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, written by ISU professor, Dr. Laura Bates.
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Community Locations, Main Library
Thursday, March 24
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Dr. Laura Bates, author of the Wabash Valley Community Read book, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, will share her experiences of teaching Shakespeare in correctional facilities, and she will discuss her experiences writing her book.   Free parking is available on campus after 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  
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Meeting Rooms A, B, & C
Main Library
Thursday, March 17
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Dr. Laura Bates, author of the Wabash Valley Community Read book, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, will share her experiences of teaching Shakespeare at an all-male correctional facility.  She will share information about challenges she faced while making history.   
Main Library
Saturday, April 16
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Wabash Valley Community Read, Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard highlights many major themes in the play, Macbeth, and demonstrates how Dr. Bates used those themes to help foster discussion among her incarcerated students.  Join us at the Community Theatre of Terre Haute for the 2015 movie to see how the movie relates to the book. 
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VCPL Main Library Lobby
Main Library
Friday, March 4
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Enjoy an evening with ISU improv troupe Condiments Upon Request. The group will be performing short skits throughout the evening along with refreshments and a Shakespeare themed craft for the kids.
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Community Locations, Main Library
Wednesday, March 16
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Join Tom Sauer at Westminster Village as he discusses a prisoner's interpretations of Shakespeare in Shakespeare Saved My Life (2013.) Selected for the 2016 "Wabash Valley Community Read," the book tells the compelling story of ISU Professor Laura Bates' creative and courageous volunteer service with incarcerated prisoners, especially in the Secured Housing Unit [solitary confinement] at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Professor Bates worked with prisoners to read, discuss, and perform excerpts from Shakespeare's plays. In particular, her book focuses on one prisoner whose responses to reading and reflecting upon Shakespeare's plays, in the prisoner's words, literally saved his life. These responses and reflections can expand and deepen our own appreciation of Shakespeare.    Tom is Dean Emeritus of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State.  For nearly two decades, he also taught ISU's Shakespeare course for English majors and has offered multiple courses and presentations on Shakespeare for OLLI and the Dewey Institute.    
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Collaborative Space 6
Main Library
Wednesday, March 30
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The 2016 Artist Exhibition will be a reflection of ISU professor Dr. Laura Bates's work as she teaches Shakespeare to maximum-security prisoners.  In her book, Shakespeare Saved My Life, Bates explains that by engaging with inmates using Shakespeare, she's "introducing critical thinking to people who have never had that opportunity."  In what other interesting ways can we connect with Shakespeare? We hope the theme of 'An Unconventional Shakespeare' will encourage artists of all mediums to enter and create. There is no fee to include artwork in the exhibition; and prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show, chosen by a special judge, and People's Choice, as voted by library patrons.  Please visit the library exhibition during the month of March and join us for some coffee and conversation at the reception on Wednesday, March 30th from 6:00pm-7:00pm as we enjoy a taste of the artistry in our community and present awards. To enter, contact Community Connections at 812-232-1116.

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