Monday, January 23, 2017

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine Program Began Today

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine travelling exhibit opened today at the Smyrna Library and runs through March 3.

The display uses materials from the National Library of Medicine to take a look at how those practices (of the Renaissance, not of people who travel through fireplaces) helped shape Western sciences like alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy.

In 1997, British author, J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities.

Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part book series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter's world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.

ACTIVITIES & EVENTS:
- Earn a Certificate of Magical Thinking (open to ages 4 through 104)

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry has chosen Smyrna Public Library as their latest campus for the Extension and Outreach Program for Muggles. Earn 5 credit hours by March 4, and you will receive a Certificate of Magical Thinking and a wand from Ollivander’s Surplus Wand Supply for Muggles. Pick up a curriculum at the Front Desk.

- Harry Potter Game Day

Sunday, January 29, 2017
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room


Join us for Harry Potter-themed card games, board games, and puzzles. What a great way to celebrate International Puzzle Day!

- Care & Feeding of Magical Creatures
Saturday, March 4, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room

Learn about reptiles as well as their biology, their habitat, and their place in the food web. View a live snake and enjoy a snake craft. Event sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

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