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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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Kids Eat Free This Summer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park
Kids ages 18 and under can get free meals at many schools, parks, and community centers as well as the following libraries. (No meal service on Tuesday, July 4)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For additional locations:
Call 1-866-EAT-MEAL (1-866-328-6325)
Go to 
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks/
Text “MEALS” to 98856

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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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Lego Club

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fairfield
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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Too Fun Tuesday: Finch Robots

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Spokane Valley
Meeting room
See a Finch Robot perform what you program, as you learn basic computer coding. Program supported by a grant from the Washington State Library and the Finch Robot loan program from Birdbrain Technologies. 

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Kids Eat Free This Summer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park
Kids ages 18 and under can get free meals at many schools, parks, and community centers as well as the following libraries. (No meal service on Tuesday, July 4)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For additional locations:
Call 1-866-EAT-MEAL (1-866-328-6325)
Go to 
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks/
Text “MEALS” to 98856

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Lego Club

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Airway Heights
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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Kids Eat Free This Summer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park
Kids ages 18 and under can get free meals at many schools, parks, and community centers as well as the following libraries. (No meal service on Tuesday, July 4)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For additional locations:
Call 1-866-EAT-MEAL (1-866-328-6325)
Go to 
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks/
Text “MEALS” to 98856

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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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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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Kids Eat Free This Summer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park
Kids ages 18 and under can get free meals at many schools, parks, and community centers as well as the following libraries. (No meal service on Tuesday, July 4)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For additional locations:
Call 1-866-EAT-MEAL (1-866-328-6325)
Go to 
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks/
Text “MEALS” to 98856

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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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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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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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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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Kids Eat Free This Summer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park
Kids ages 18 and under can get free meals at many schools, parks, and community centers as well as the following libraries. (No meal service on Tuesday, July 4)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For additional locations:
Call 1-866-EAT-MEAL (1-866-328-6325)
Go to 
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks/
Text “MEALS” to 98856

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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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Kids Eat Free This Summer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park
Kids ages 18 and under can get free meals at many schools, parks, and community centers as well as the following libraries. (No meal service on Tuesday, July 4)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For additional locations:
Call 1-866-EAT-MEAL (1-866-328-6325)
Go to 
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks/
Text “MEALS” to 98856

View More

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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Finch Robots

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
North Spokane
Lab
We’re hosting a charm of Finches in May and June. Learn basic computer coding and see a Finch Robot perform what you program. Ages 8+ 
Program supported by a grant from the Washington State Library and the Finch Robot loan program from Birdbrain Technologies.
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Lego Club

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fairfield
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

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
North Spokane
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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Kids Eat Free This Summer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Deer Park
Kids ages 18 and under can get free meals at many schools, parks, and community centers as well as the following libraries. (No meal service on Tuesday, July 4)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For additional locations:
Call 1-866-EAT-MEAL (1-866-328-6325)
Go to 
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks/
Text “MEALS” to 98856

View More