The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to present Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” from Ted Hughes’s “Tales of Ovid” performed by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Next Stage Ensemble on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

How did the world begin? Why does a voice echo back to you when you shout in a canyon? Why do you see your reflection in still water? Does someone control your destiny? These and other essential questions of humanity have been the inspiration of legends and myths for centuries.

In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the myths of Ancient Greece come vividly to life with a collection of tales of gods and mortals, romance and revenge, hope and rebirth. From the origin of Echo to the ill-fated choices of Midas, audiences will revel in famous and lesser-known tales that have shaped a culture.

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On Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m., the library presents “Henry V.” Shakespeare’s tale brings history to life in the gripping coming-of-age story of a new king and his nation.

The young and inexperienced Henry of England, threatened by rebellious nobles and the military might of France, leads a ragtag band of soldiers in a desperate attempt to save his throne and consolidate his power. Shakespeare’s play is a stirring commentary on patriotism, courage and the qualities that make a great leader and nation.

In residence on the campus of Drew University in Madison, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is one of the 22 professional theatres in the state. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation—serving 100,000 adults and children annually—it is New Jersey's only professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare's canon and other classic masterworks. Through its productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics.

Due to the continuing popularity of plays performed at the library, attendees must register to attend. Register online by visiting the website at www.wmlnj.org, clicking on the Calendar tab, and then finding July 16 or August 7, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

MURAL cardholders must wait until July 9 to register for “Tales of Ovid,” provided seats are still available, and they must wait until July 31 to register for “Henry V.” (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Calendar tab, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday until September 22.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”