I was excited to find out that the Folger Shakespeare Library is not affected by the shutdown (seems like the rest of my DC bucket list is…). This independent research library is home to the largest collection of the printed works of William Shakespeare. At the time of Shakespeare’s death in 1616 only half of his plays had ever been published. The book pictured in the first picture, however, changed that. The First Folio of Shakespeare, published in 1623, preserved the Bard’s works. Without it, we would no longer have 18 of his plays, including Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest and Twelfth Night.