FARMINGTON — “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine”exhibit will run from May 13 through June 19 at Mantor Library, 116 South St. The event is hosted by The Shiretown Bookers in affiliation with the University of Maine at Farmington and presented in cooperation with the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and including related books from local collections, according to a news release from Reid Byers, president of Shiretown Bookers.

In 1997, J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities.

“We are very grateful to Mantor Library for the opportunity to share the NIH exhibition and these fascinating books with the community. The Library provides a lot of other important services to the Farmington community that we hope to make known more widely,” Byers said in the release.

The Shiretown Bookers are a group of book lovers and collectors who support the university library by fostering its relationship with the community. The group provides exhibits and lectures on literary and library subjects as a way to promote community understanding of UMF Mantor Library and its services.

“We are delighted to welcome the Shiretown Bookers inaugural exhibition to campus,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, in the release. This is a wonderful opportunity for UMF and the community to come together and share their love of literature. Collaborative programming such as this supports all of Farmington and invigorates both the campus and the community.”

A summer exhibition, “The Joy of Booking,” highlights from members’ collections will run from June 22 through Sept. 30. As the group’s personal exhibition, it will introduce some of the members’ specific collecting interests and additional community opportunities at Mantor Library.


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