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NLM Exhibits in Public Libraries: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World at Memphis Public Library

Posted by on September 23rd, 2019 Posted in: Public Libraries


Written By: April Wright, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, NNLM SEA and Andrea Jacobo, Memphis Public Library

July 1st – August 7th, 2019, the central Memphis Public Library hosted the NLM traveling exhibit, Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World.

While the exhibit was there, library patrons were treated to a screening of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone and a presentation entitled, Alchemy & the Fantastic, by a local professor who talked about the scientific and historical elements of the Harry Potter series.

Displays related to the exhibit featured books on botany, mythology, ancient creatures, and philosophy.  Also featured were National Library of Medicine K-12 resources and online educational activities.

One patron commented that the exhibit and activities were thought-provoking and engaging and highlighted elements in the books he had not considered. One of the younger patrons immersed himself in the experience wearing his Harry Potter school robe and glasses.

Andrea Jacobo of Memphis Public Library says of the library’s participation: “The exhibit team planned ahead to make it a thoughtful and authentic experience for the library patrons, so with similar efforts, we would be happy to host another exhibit.”

NLM exhibits are a great way to provide a unique educational experience at your library! Each traveling exhibit features companion educational content. Consider booking one today! It’s free from your National Library of Medicine.

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