Maybe it's guilt.
Maybe you just want to finally see what all the fuss is about.
Whatever the reason, if you've decided the time is right to catch up on some of the Shakespeare you avoided in school, let the library help.
Two retellings of the Bard's best-known plays are on the summer schedule of Speaking Volumes, one of the library's monthly book discussion groups.
On June 7, the group, which meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., will consider the novel, "Nutshell." Ian McEwan's clever reinterpretation of "Hamlet" is told from the point of view of a fetus whose, um, position gives him a nearly front-row seat to the murderous intentions of his mother and uncle.
"Vinegar Girl," Anne Tyler's rewrite of "The Taming of the Shrew" will be discussed Aug. 2. In it, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer spins the story of tactless and outspoken Kate Battista, who spends her days looking after preschoolers and her nights looking after her pretty younger sister and absent-minded scientist father.
Alice Hoffman's "The Marriage of Opposites" rounds out Speaking Volumes' summer schedule July 5.
Also at Old Worthington Library are the meetings of the Thursday Morning Book Group at 10:30 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month. This summer, participants will gather June 22, July 27 and Aug. 24 to talk about "The Firebrand and the First Lady" by Patricia Bell-Scott, "Salt Houses" by Hala Alyan and "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles.
The Northwest Passages book discussion group meets at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Book selections for the season include "Knockemstiff" by Donald Ray Pollock on June 21, "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance on July 19 and "Fair and Tender Ladies" by Lee Smith on Aug. 16.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.