Library to Host Frankenstein Exhibit in June
May. 10, 2017
The Orland Park Public Library is pleased to present the National Library of Medicine’s latest traveling exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature from June 5 to July 14. This six-banner traveling exhibition explores the Birth of Frankenstein, the life of author Mary Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, and the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture.
This exhibit is accompanied by two events. “Mary Shelley: Monster and Medicine” will be held on June 13 at 7 p.m. in room 104 and cover the circumstances surrounding the writing of Frankenstein. “Frankenstein –Defining the Monster” will be held on June 20 at 7 p.m. in room 104. In this presentation Heather Keenleyside, University of Chicago professor of English analyzes Mary Shelley’s work, Frankenstein, giving a unique lens of understanding to society and literature in the 1800s.
On a dark and stormy night in 1816, Mary Shelley began writing a story that posed profound questions about individual and societal responsibility for other people. To make her point, the young novelist used the scientific advances of her era and the controversies surrounding them as a metaphor for issues of unchecked power and self-serving ambition, and their effect on the human community. Since that time, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has become one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. The story provides a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.
Those who wish to read Frankenstein before the exhibition can do so on the library’s new online resource, Biblioboard. Biblioboard is a collection of ebooks that is available to any Illinois resident. Working across all mobile and web platforms and offering unlimited multi-user access, this service’s content grows daily and features works from traditional publishers, historical archives, and cultural institutions.
Biblioboard has a specific section called “Recovering the Classics” featuring public-domain classics from world literature with modern cover images.
The Orland Park Public Library is located at 14921 Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park, IL 60462. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit www.orlandparklibrary.org where more information including events and supplemental reading can be found.