New Exhibit - Herbs: From Folk Remedies to the Foundation for Medications

March 13, 2018

It is spring and time to think green!  The latest exhibit in the library showcases the contributions herbs make to our lives.  

Did you realize that more than 35,000 plant species are used for medicinal purposes around the world?  Did you know that 80% of antimicrobial, cardiovascular, immunosuppressive, and anticancer drugs are of plant origin?

Our newest exhibit highlights the plants that started out as folk remedies but were adapted by pharmaceutical companies as the basis for manufactured medications.  The exhibit also includes herbs and spices that remain popular as remedies for some conditions (e.g. chamomile, mint, and ginger).

The flat case outside the library features an exhibit on how the lovely poppy flower turned into the causative agent for one of the worst epidemics in modern history.

Stop by and see!  The exhibit will be up until mid-April.   If you have questions or comments, please contact Micki McIntyre at