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New program! Hillsboro Reads the Bard: Shakespeare Reimagined

We are growing our community reading program! New this year, Hillsboro Reads the Bard: Shakespeare Reimagined is a partnership with Bag&Baggage Productions, offering a series of events for all ages that explore Shakespeare's work through a diversity and equity lens. Our inaugural year will focus on Bag&Baggage's March production The Island in Winter or, La Isla en Invierno, a captivating new bilingual adaptation of The Bard's The Winter's Tale, by Hillsboro native Carlos-Zenen Trujillo. 

From Bag&Baggage

Bag&Baggage logo"Our inaugural Problem Play Project production is a remarkable new vision of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale in a bilingual world premiere adaptation! The Bard's spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy, magic, and redemption, reworked by Hillsboro native Carlos-Zenen Trujillo, transports the action away from Sicilia and Bohemia to Miami and Havana.

Bringing Latin-American magical realism to play in one of Shakespeare's most compelling (and magical) tales, the Island in Winter is the first show in a three-year project that asks emerging playwrights of color to re-imagine Shakespeare's Problem Plays with a diversity and equity lens." 


Join us for performances and discussions, and check back soon for more exciting events, including a youth writing contest!  View the full calendar of events

Bag&Baggage Performances and Discussion: The Island in Winter

Join Bag&Baggage for a preview and discussion of The Island in Winter or, La Isla en Invierno, a bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, by local playwright Carlos-Zenen Trujillo. 
Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 pm, Hillsboro Public Library, Brookwood, Event Room
Monday, February 25, 6:30 pm, Hillsboro Public Library, Shute Park, Meeting Room

Woman Reading The Little Book of Shakespeare

 Demystifying Shakespeare

Shakespeare is for everyone! Whether you have never read a line of dialogue or you are a die-hard fan, we invite you to join us to discuss the Bard’s plays, explore the language, and discover the joys of Shakespeare! March discussion: The Winter's Tale.
Sunday, March 3, 2 pm - 3 pm, Brookwood Library


Renaissance Portrait Drawing – A Lifetime Arts Program

A 4-week series for beginning students ages 55 and older.
Tuesday, March 5 to April 2, 10 am - 12 pm at Brookwood Library (no class on March 12)

Shakespeare Trivia Night

Trivia Night at Vertigo Brewing! 21+ Join your friends and neighbors for a night of Shakespearean-themed trivia, laughs, and prizes. Hosted by one of Hillsboro Public Library’s quiz master librarians! 
Tuesday, March 5, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Vertigo Brewing, 21420 NW Nicholas Ct, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Band Son de Cuba PerformingCuban Dance Party with Son de Cuba

Enjoy the Latin, African, and jazz rhythms of live music by Son de Cuba from 4 - 5 pm. Join us early to learn some fun, easy dance moves. Instruction begins at 3:30 pm, live music at 4 pm! All ages. 
Saturday, March 9, 3:30 - 5 pm, Brookwood Library 


Write Like Shakespeare: A Calligraphy Workshop

Learn some basic calligraphy techniques for beginners. Supplies provided. For adults and teens. Registration required. Limit 15 people.
Sunday, March 10, 1 pm - 3 pm, Shute Park Library

Playwriting Workshop

Join diverse local playwrights from Bag&Baggage as they lead you through the basics of writing for the stage! For teens and adults. Registration required. Limit 15 people.
Tuesday, March 12, 6 - 8 pm, Brookwood Library

Shakespeare for Kids: A Party with the Bard!

Join us for crafts, wordplay, dancing, puppet shows, and general revelry as we explore the world of Shakespeare, aka The Bard! 
Saturday, March 16, 1 pm - 3 pm, Brookwood Library

Writing Contest

Youth in grades 9 - 12 are invited to submit entries for a Shakespearean themed writing contest, details will be announced February 1, 2019, at both Brookwood and Shute Park libraries and on social media. Three winners will have their pieces performed by professional actors in a special pre-show onstage at Bag&Baggage Vault Theater on Thursday, March 21, and will receive free tickets for themselves and a limited number of guests to attend the pre-show and stay for a performance of Bag&Baggage’s The Island in Winter.


Thanks to our sponsors: Bag&Baggage, Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library, and the Library Foundation of Hillsboro. 

The goal of Hillsboro Reads is to foster a sense of community, celebrate reading for pleasure, and promote inter-generational discussion and connection.