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As part of this year’s Winter Read-A-Thon, the Fargo Public Library, in partnership with UND’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences, will host the traveling exhibit Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World. Provided by the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, this exceptional traveling exhibit will be on display at the downtown Main Library from Feb. 10 – March 21, 2020.

Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. This exhibit explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance medicine, magic, and science. In addition, the library will provide six weeks of themed events for children, teens, and adults based on the magical world of Harry Potter!

Events in the series include:

• Harry Potter Trivia at the Main Library
Tuesday, Feb. 11 – 6 p.m.
Costumes are encouraged. Pre-registration is recommended. Register online starting Jan. 11 or call [701.241.1492}(tel:7012411492 “701.241.1492”).

• Harry Potter Party at the Main Library
Saturday, Feb. 15 – 1 to 3 p.m.
Open to kids of all ages; no registration is required.

• Great Science for Teens: Harry Potter Edition a the Dr. James Carlson Library
Thursday, Feb. 20 – 6 p.m.
Open to teens in grades 6–12. Pre-registration is required and opens Feb. 3. Register online or contact Bree at 701.476.5978 for details.

• Harry Potter Escape Rooms (for kids) at the Main Library.
Saturday, Feb. 22 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open to children in grades 1–6. Pre-registration is required and opens Jan. 22. Register online or call 701.241.1495.

• Herbology: Crafting Never-die Plants for the Home at the Main Library
Tuesday, Feb. 25 – 7 p.m.
Open to teens (ages 11–18) and adults. Pre-registration is required and opens Jan. 25. Register online or call Drea at 701.241.1472 for details.

• Herbology: Growing Easy Houseplants of the Muggle World at the Main Library
Saturday, Feb. 29 – 10 a.m.
Open to adults. Pre-registration is required and opens Jan. 29. Register online or call Drea at 701.241.1472 for details.

• Magical Creature Crafts at the Main Library
Saturday, March 7 – 3 p.m.
Open to kids ages 6 to 12. Pre-registration is required and opens Feb. 7. Register online or call 701.241.1495.

• Teen Crafts: Harry Potter Winged Key Mobile (2 sessions)
Monday, March 9 – 4 p.m. at the Main Library
Thursday, March 12 – 4 p.m. at the Northport Library
Open to teens ages 11–18. Pre-registration is required and opens Feb. 9. Register online or contact Sara W. at 701.241.1492 for details.

• Deathly Hallows Wreath Craft at the Main Library
Saturday, March 21 – 2 p.m.
Open to adults and teens(13+). Pre-registration is required and opens Feb. 21. Register online or call 701.241.1492.