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“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Cheney
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) created characters that are among the most complex and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors—blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm.

These four humors were understood to define peoples’ physical and mental health and determined their personality as well. The language of the four humors pervades Shakespeare's plays. Their influence is felt above all, in a belief that emotional states are physically determined.

Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

Curator Gail Kern Paster explains, “The four humors were an early typology for human personality. Shakespeare uses them, even as he transcends them, to create the vivid characters whose emotions continue to fascinate and delight us.”

“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors explores the role played by the four humors in several of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays and examines more modern interpretations of the four humors in contemporary medicine.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Spokane Valley
In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter, and since then, millions of readers have followed Harry’s adventures.

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantastical story, the magic in these 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 Harry Potter series examines important ethical topics: the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

This exhibition explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

We invite you to explore Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine at the Spokane Valley Library!

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

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GED & High School Completion Classes

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cheney
Meeting room
Spokane Community College Adult Education faculty work to create a supportive and inclusive environment in which student learning is the focus. Students receive instruction in math, science, social studies, writing, and more. Classes are tailored to the individual, allowing students to complete studies at their own pace. For more information and to enroll, please contact the SCC Adult Education department at 509.533.4600.
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Studio Drop-In

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Spokane Valley
Studio
The Studio is our new video space on the second floor of Spokane Valley Library. The Studio has two 4K video cameras, lighting equipment, a green screen, a white backdrop, and microphones. If you’re new to video, our trained staff can show you how to use the equipment during drop-in hours and by scheduling appointment using Book a Librarian. Once your masterpiece is filmed, we’ll get you ready to edit with computers equipped with the Adobe Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro.
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Deer Park Book Club

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Deer Park
Meeting room
Join us to discuss The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck.

Everyone is welcome! Read the books then join fellow book lovers at the library to listen and share your thoughts. Experience the adventure of books you might not have discovered on your own and remember: there aren’t any right or wrong responses in literary interpretation—just difference of opinion!
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GED & High School Completion Classes

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cheney
Meeting room
Spokane Community College Adult Education faculty work to create a supportive and inclusive environment in which student learning is the focus. Students receive instruction in math, science, social studies, writing, and more. Classes are tailored to the individual, allowing students to complete studies at their own pace. For more information and to enroll, please contact the SCC Adult Education department at 509.533.4600.
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Lab Drop-In

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Spokane
Lab
The Lab is a new space at North Spokane Library devoted to engaging, hands-on learning opportunities. This space showcases local experts, artists, and enthusiasts who share their crafts and talents. Learning opportunities will change throughout the year with programs such as gardening and home repair this summer and textile creation and art in the fall as well as Microsoft Imagine Academy testing.

The Lab and its programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Library.

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Prevent Fraud & Identity Theft

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Spokane
Meeting room
Be proactive. Learn how to protect your hard-earned money from predators and scams. Register online at stcu.org/workshops.
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GED & High School Completion Classes

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cheney
Meeting room
Spokane Community College Adult Education faculty work to create a supportive and inclusive environment in which student learning is the focus. Students receive instruction in math, science, social studies, writing, and more. Classes are tailored to the individual, allowing students to complete studies at their own pace. For more information and to enroll, please contact the SCC Adult Education department at 509.533.4600.
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Friends of the Deer Park Library Book Sale

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park

Location: Deer Park Auto Freight, 2405 E Crawford St

The Friends of the Libraries hold several book sales and programs throughout the year. The Friends’ most significant fundraising activities are used book sales usually held at their library.

Proceeds from book sales support various library programs, activities, and services. Thank you to our Friends for their ongoing dedication and support of Spokane County Library District libraries!

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Friends of the Deer Park Library Book Sale

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park

Location: Deer Park Auto Freight, 2405 E Crawford St

The Friends of the Libraries hold several book sales and programs throughout the year. The Friends’ most significant fundraising activities are used book sales usually held at their library.

Proceeds from book sales support various library programs, activities, and services. Thank you to our Friends for their ongoing dedication and support of Spokane County Library District libraries!

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Lab Drop-In

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Spokane
Lab
The Lab is a new space at North Spokane Library devoted to engaging, hands-on learning opportunities. This space showcases local experts, artists, and enthusiasts who share their crafts and talents. Learning opportunities will change throughout the year with programs such as gardening and home repair this summer and textile creation and art in the fall as well as Microsoft Imagine Academy testing.

The Lab and its programs are supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Library.

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Wellness Fair

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Airway Heights
Meeting room
Join us and lots of vendors on the back lawn at Airway Heights Library for a wellness fair presented by Spokane Regional Health District. Fun activities, giveaways, games, healthy food trucks, and more will be available.
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Studio Drop-In

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Spokane Valley
Studio
The Studio is our new video space on the second floor of Spokane Valley Library. The Studio has two 4K video cameras, lighting equipment, a green screen, a white backdrop, and microphones. If you’re new to video, our trained staff can show you how to use the equipment during drop-in hours and by scheduling appointment using Book a Librarian. Once your masterpiece is filmed, we’ll get you ready to edit with computers equipped with the Adobe Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro.
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Dollars & Sense: Give Yourself a Raise

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Argonne
Meeting room
Do to unforeseen circumstances, this program has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. It will be offered at our North Spokane Library in the future--please check with staff for more information. 

Discover how to succeed with your budget and avoid money troubles in this workshop from SNAP Spokane. Learn how to take control of your money, make achievable goals, and recognize predators. Classes begin promptly. Late arrivals may not be seated.
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Vermiculture Composting

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fairfield
Meeting room
Compost with worms! In this basic vermicomposting class, discover the benefits of raising worms and learn how to create a simple worm bin.
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Friends of the Deer Park Library Book Sale

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Deer Park

Location: Deer Park Auto Freight, 2405 E Crawford St

The Friends of the Libraries hold several book sales and programs throughout the year. The Friends’ most significant fundraising activities are used book sales usually held at their library.

Proceeds from book sales support various library programs, activities, and services. Thank you to our Friends for their ongoing dedication and support of Spokane County Library District libraries!

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GED & High School Completion Classes

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cheney
Meeting room
Spokane Community College Adult Education faculty work to create a supportive and inclusive environment in which student learning is the focus. Students receive instruction in math, science, social studies, writing, and more. Classes are tailored to the individual, allowing students to complete studies at their own pace. For more information and to enroll, please contact the SCC Adult Education department at 509.533.4600.
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Drop-in Job & Career Help

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Spokane Valley
Conference room
Refine your resume or start one from scratch, write an eye-catching cover letter, or discover your ideal career with a business librarian. Laptops are available for use.
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Crochet a Necklace

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Medical Lake
Meeting room
Make a beautiful crochet necklace using a chain stitch—great for beginners and experienced crocheters who want to learn something new. Bring a size-G crochet hook or use one of ours.
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GED & High School Completion Classes

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cheney
Meeting room
Spokane Community College Adult Education faculty work to create a supportive and inclusive environment in which student learning is the focus. Students receive instruction in math, science, social studies, writing, and more. Classes are tailored to the individual, allowing students to complete studies at their own pace. For more information and to enroll, please contact the SCC Adult Education department at 509.533.4600.
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The Studio Tours

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Spokane Valley
Studio
Stop by The Studio on special drop-in nights for an introductory tour of this new video space.
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Stargazing

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Deer Park
Meeting room
Spokane Astronomical Society shares how to get started gazing at the stars, identifying planets and constellations, and using a telescope.
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Retail Merchandising

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Cheney
Meeting room
You’ve got a space and amazing things to sell. Now learn strategies for store design, layout, and merchandising that encourage customers to linger, shop, and buy. Get tips on lighting, display, traffic flow, and other physical decisions that give your customers a stellar experience, leading to repeat business and a better bottom line.
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GED & High School Completion Classes

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cheney
Meeting room
Spokane Community College Adult Education faculty work to create a supportive and inclusive environment in which student learning is the focus. Students receive instruction in math, science, social studies, writing, and more. Classes are tailored to the individual, allowing students to complete studies at their own pace. For more information and to enroll, please contact the SCC Adult Education department at 509.533.4600.
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