First Folio

Today I visited SPL Central to see, first-hand, Shakespeare's First Folio (and Third - one copy of each were on hand). It was a remarkable experience. On the 8th floor of the stacks, a cozy room had been transformed into a miniature exhibit. The First Folio was open to Hamlet, the Third Folio to As You Like It, and everyone I observed was quietly transfixed. In my mind, I'd imagined the volumes to be more rough-hewn and time worn, but they were nearly immaculate. I immediately felt the desire to read as much Shakespeare as possible. When I left the exhibit, I was given a questionnaire to fill out - it asked, among other things, if I felt that the library should hold exhibits like this more often. Strongly Agree.