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Visit the world of Harry Potter

When residents visit the Collierville Burch Library between July 3 and August 12, they can also visit Harry Potter’s World. 

Harry Potter’s World is an exhibit developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It explores the world of Renaissance science, magic and medicine, fields that influenced author J.K. Rowling as she created the “curriculum†at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The exhibit will have six panels: potions, herbology, monsters, magical creatures, fantastic beasts, and immortality. 

A Family Fun Event will be held July 11 from 2-4 p.m., and there will be activities associated with each category of the exhibit: making face masks, painting “philosopher’s stones,†planting herbs and making Lego monsters. There will also be a visit from some Harry Potter-esque creatures such as owls, a rat, a snake, a spider and a slug. Library staff will be dressed as Hogwarts faculty and students. 

The exhibit not only looks at the medical and scientific practices of the Renaissance era, but also explores the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers of the 15th and 16th centuries. 

Teen Writing Workshops

The library will host a Teen Poetry Writing Workshop that introduces the art of writing poetry by Jonathan May, local poet and instructor at the University of Memphis and Fairhaven Treatment Center. The workshop will take place on Thursday, July 14 from 3-4 p.m. and is for ages 12-18. 

May will also hold a Teen Prose Writing Workshop that will introduce the art of writing fiction and essays. The workshop will take place on Thursday, July 21 from 3-4 p.m. and is for ages 12-18. 

Register online at

Teen “Playshopâ€

Teens can meet and become one of Shakespeare’s clowns at the Tennessee Shakespeare Company Playshop for Teens, “Fools and Humor in Shakespeare’s Plays.â€Â 

Explore and master the physical and verbal comedy and scenes that occur in almost all of Shakespeare’s work. Whether you want to be sad, happy, bumbling or pompous, Shakespeare has a part for you. 

The session will take place on Tuesday, July 25 from 4-5 p.m. and is for ages 12-18. Register online at


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