The End of Life

The works in this series offer wide-ranging explorations of death and dying and the challenges of end of life care. They raise many important questions: What wishes regarding dying must we as a society struggle to better hear? How can these wishes be satisfied with the help of existing health and social resources? What new resources must we develop in response to these wishes?

Featured Library: Germantown Community Library

The magic of Harry Potter has been brought to life at the Germantown Community Library in Tennessee. The library is hosting “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine” through January 15. The exhibition explores the Renaissance science, thinkers, and practices that influenced the development of modern Western science. It features beliefs of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-centuries and some of the ethical questions raised in J.K. Rowling’s series.

Programming and Resources for Caregivers

More than 50 million Americans provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year. While these people are dedicated to doing everything they can for the person for whom they care, they are often desperately in need of assistance to do so adequately and without sacrificing their own health and well-being. Tragically, far too many caregivers will never ask for help for themselves, or do not know where to begin to find it, and face the reality of caregiver burnout.

Connecting Harry Potter’s World with Real World Science

The ALA Public Programs Office, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces a new small format traveling exhibition to libraries, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.” Public, academic (university, college and community college), and medical libraries may apply by May 1 to host the banner exhibition by downloading an application.

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