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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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Solar Eclipse Activities

Monday, August 21, 2017
All Locations
Get ready for this year’s solar eclipse. We’ll have hands-on activities to help you learn about the sun, what causes a solar eclipse, and how to safely view the eclipse. All ages
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Eric Herman’s Cool Tunes

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Argonne
Meeting room
Eric Herman and friends return bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously amusing songs. Bring the whole family! (Grades K–4)
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Eric Herman’s Cool Tunes

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fairfield
Meeting room
Eric Herman and friends return bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously amusing songs. Bring the whole family! (Grades K–4)
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Lego Club

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Otis Orchards
Meeting room
Inspire your imagination and keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages

Kids 6 and under should bring an adult.

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Lego Club

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Deer Park
Meeting room
Inspire your imagination and keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages

Kids 6 and under should bring an adult.

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Homebuyer Education Seminar

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Moran Prairie
Meeting room
Buying a home can be a dream come true and an overwhelming process at the same time. In this free seminar, explore all of the major aspects of the home-buying process in an unbiased format with SNAP Spokane instructors certified by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. SNAP is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. Registration required. 

To register, send an email to Loretta Cael at Cael@SNAPWA.org or call 509.456.7627

Registration for Tuesday/Thursday classes is for both days.
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Green Home & Beauty

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Airway Heights
Meeting room
Reduce the toxic burden on your body and the environment with Amanda Moulton. We’ll make simple and non-toxic self-care and home-care products.
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Eric Herman’s Cool Tunes

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moran Prairie
Meeting room
Eric Herman and friends return bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously amusing songs. Bring the whole family! (Grades K–4)
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Dollars & Sense: Navigating Your Credit

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Spokane
Meeting room
Learn how to get free access to and understand your credit report in this workshop from SNAP Spokane. Explore ways to improve your score, establish good credit, and deal with collection agencies. Classes begin promptly. Late arrivals may not be seated.
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Eric Herman’s Cool Tunes

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cheney
Meeting room
Eric Herman and friends return bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously amusing songs. Bring the whole family! (Grades K–4)
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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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Lego Club

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Argonne
Inspire your imagination and keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages

Kids 6 and under should bring an adult.

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Hot Pepper Shakespeare Recitations

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cheney
Location of event: THE MASON JAR (CHENEY), 101 F ST, CHENEY, WA

Eat a hot pepper (a range of spice levels will be available) and then read a monologue from one of Shakespeare plays! We provide the peppers, their Scoville scale heat, milk and bread to sooth the burn, and monologues that trip lightly across the tongue. Not ready to feel the burn? Come and see if your friends and neighbors can handle the heat.

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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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Re-Build-It Town

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Deer Park
Meeting room
A Monster has stormed through town, leaving a mess of recycled materials behind. The citizens must now band together and rebuild it. Kelly, of KCPuppetree, joins her unique hand-made puppets as they sing, dance, and share their adventures. (Grades K–4)
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Re-Build-It Town

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
North Spokane
Meeting room
A Monster has stormed through town, leaving a mess of recycled materials behind. The citizens must now band together and rebuild it. Kelly, of KCPuppetree, joins her unique hand-made puppets as they sing, dance, and share their adventures. (Grades K–4)
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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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Dollars & Sense: Navigating Your Credit

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Spokane
Lab
Learn how to get free access to and understand your credit report in this workshop from SNAP Spokane. Explore ways to improve your score, establish good credit, and deal with collection agencies. Classes begin promptly. Late arrivals may not be seated.
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Lego Club

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Spokane Valley
Meeting room
Inspire your imagination and keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages

Kids 6 and under should bring an adult.

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Re-Build-It Town

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Spokane
Meeting room
A Monster has stormed through town, leaving a mess of recycled materials behind. The citizens must now band together and rebuild it. Kelly, of KCPuppetree, joins her unique hand-made puppets as they sing, dance, and share their adventures. (Grades K–4)
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Re-Build-It Town

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Otis Orchards
Meeting room
A Monster has stormed through town, leaving a mess of recycled materials behind. The citizens must now band together and rebuild it. Kelly, of KCPuppetree, joins her unique hand-made puppets as they sing, dance, and share their adventures. (Grades K–4)
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Re-Build-It Town

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Spokane Valley
Meeting room
A Monster has stormed through town, leaving a mess of recycled materials behind. The citizens must now band together and rebuild it. Kelly, of KCPuppetree, joins her unique hand-made puppets as they sing, dance, and share their adventures. (Grades K–4)

This program will have a sign language interpreter.
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Lego Club

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Medical Lake
Meeting room
Inspire your imagination and keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages

Kids 6 and under should bring an adult.

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