Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mt. Holyoke College Library hosts "Harry Potter's World"

Mount Holyoke College Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine on Thursday, January 28, 2010 in the Williston Library Court. The traveling exhibition was organized by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The exhibition tour is coordinated by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago.

Harry Potter's World uses materials from the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine collections to explore Harry Potter's world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards in J.K. Rowling's books, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

LITS has partnered with the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, and the South Hadley Public Library to sponsor a wonderful list of events, such as, concerts, lectures, and book discussions that will be held during the exhibit (January 28 - February 26, 2010). In addition, Archives and Special Collections will be displaying an exhibit, Magic at Mount Holyoke: An Exhibition of Primary Sources from Archives, Art Museum, Botanic Garden, Biology and Geology Departments, during the month with rare and unique treasures drawn from Mount Holyoke's own collections, bewitching images of science and sorcery, of plants and potions, of creatures and monsters and mysteries from the natural world will be on display. The complete list is available on the website at

If you would like more details about the exhibit, including information about visiting the exhibit, please email

Thank you for your time and we hope you'll be able to visit the exhibition and help us spread the word!

Respectfully, Leigh Mantle, Reference Librarian, Research and Instructional Support Library, Information and Technology Services, Mount Holyoke College,  South Hadley

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