It’s National Library Week!

visitors in the reading room looking at book displays

Celebrate spring in the library with exhibits, activities, and experiences that explore the role herbs, plants, and flowers have played in the history of science and medicine.

Join our curators and librarians for a fun after-hours event in the Othmer Library’s reading room where you’ll have the opportunity to

  • see unexpected treasures not usually on display
  • get a temporary tattoo
  • make a craft to take home
  • enjoy a taste of spring with a special botanical-themed cake and other light refreshments
  • support the library by adopting collection items
  • and much more!

Admission is free, and registration is required.

Featured image: Cupid Inspiring Plants with Love, hand-colored plate from Robert John Thornton’s A New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus, 1799.

More events

Illustration of medicinal plants
March 9, 2024
For Families

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

group of women standing around a lab table with periodic table in background
March 9, 2024
Drop-In Tours

Women in Chemistry Tour

Drop in for a tour highlighting the central role of women in shaping chemistry and the material sciences throughout history.

illustration of a man in an astrological chart with puffy clouds surrounding
March 11, 2024
Science on Tap

Books on Medical Astrology

Candace Hesselbart will dive into this unexpected discipline of medicine by examining publications on the topic housed within the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.


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