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Library love is in the air

February is all about library love—it’s Library Lovers’ Month, and Valentine’s Day.

Library room with a display of valentine's day cards and decorations.Kokomo-Howard County Public Library

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library in Kokomo, IN is asking their patrons to go on a “Blind Date with a Book” for Valentine’s Day for their chance to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Teens and adults can stop by any Kokomo-Howard County Public Library location or bookmobile and find a “Blind Date with a Book” display. They have randomly selected books off their shelves and wrapped them. All that’s on the cover is the barcode so patrons can check out the book with their library card and a sticker that explains how Blind Date with a Book works. They will not know which book they are checking out. Maybe they will pick up a mystery. Or a Western. The librarians have selected titles from every genre and from a variety of authors.

Here’s what patrons do after they select and check out a book:

  • Remove and discard the wrapper and read the book.
  • Look for a form inside. There is one in each book.
  • After they have read the book, they fill out the form to tell the library about the book. Patrons are asked: “Did you find a love connection? Did the date end early for some reason? Did something unexpected happen? We want to hear all about it!”
  • When they return the book, they place the entry form in the box marked “Blind Date with a Book”. They then have a chance to win a prize!
  • They can read more than one book and enter more than once.

Branch District Library

The Kids’ Place at the Coldwater Branch Library of the Branch District Library in Coldwater, MI is holding a “Valentine Fun” event on February 14th.  They will have a variety of make it and take it Valentine craft projects for ages 4-10 yrs; along with some delicious cookies.

Red rosette wreathJefferson Township Public Library – Clarksville Branch

The Clarksville Branch of the Jeffersonville Township Public Library in Jeffersonville, IN shared this program they held last February.  “I Saw It On Pinterest:  Rosette Book Page Wreath”, a paper craft program where they took old book pages and cut them into paper rosettes and hot glued them onto heart shaped wreaths.

What are you doing at your library to show the love this month?  Tell us about your display, program, or other activity on our Facebook page, and “share the love”!