Shawnee Public Library
The Shawnee Public Library, in partnership with Shawnee Mall, is bringing magic to the mall for a weekend in July.
The mall will host the exhibit “Harry Potter’s World, Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine” Friday through Sunday, July 8-10. The display will be featured in the center court area of the mall. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The featured event of the weekend is the program “Young Wizards,” set for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, in the center court next to the display. Derick Brock, founder of Mad Science of Central Oklahoma, and a former presenter of programs for the library’s Summer Reading Program, a science-themed show designed to amaze and entertain young audiences of any size while promoting science education.
The display is presented as part of a tour of several cities in the Pioneer Library System. Its stop in Shawnee is sponsored by a grant made to the library by the Junior Service League of Shawnee.
It looks at how the magic in the Harry Potter book series is partially based in Renaissance science that played a role in the development of Western science, including the beginnings of alchemy, astrology and natural philosophy.
The exhibit features panels illustrating six categories – potions, monsters, herbology, magical creatures, fantastic beasts and immortality. It also incorporates the work of several 15th and 16th century thinkers in examining “important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power,” according to a release from the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, which put together the exhibit.
The exhibit is presented by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. It is curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.
For more information on the display, or any of the activities and services offered at the library, call 273-6353