Bennington Free Library found a hot idea on Pinterest, currently amusing borrowers and staff alike. Offer pre-wrapped books for adults and children (different displays) to take home and “date.” Not sure how the front desk will shoot the barcode– but what a fun idea for Valentine’s Day!
Book display at Bennington Free Library
Text on the sign reads “Celebrate your love of reading by choosing any book from this display. (No peeking.) We’ll check it out to you still wrapped, so you won’t know what you have until you get home!”
The adult titles have handwritten notes on the paper: “TAKE ME HOME! I’m a short story collection by a famous English author.”
Valentines for veterans
Vermont libraries on Facebook post events to bring the community in. Poultney and Williston with unique ideas. Dorothy Alling Memorial suggests valentines for Veterans, with a great flag/heart motif:
You can make a difference to active and retired service men and women. Simply make a valentine, write a note if you want and sign your valentine to let our veterans know that they are not forgotten. We will mail all the valentines to the White River Junction VA Medical Center in time for Valentine’s Day. Please have your valentine cards to the library before Friday, February 3rd.
Heres the Poultney Public Library:
What do you love about your Library? February is Library Lover’s Month! Please stop by the circulation desk to fill out a valentine heart or post on our Facebook wall to tell us what YOU love about the Poultney Public Library. Share the love by recommending our Facebook page to your friends. Right now 182 people “like” the Poultney Public Library. Let’s see if we can get that number over 200 by the end of February!
A special twist on storytelling for adults is scheduled for Valentine’s Day eve in Grafton. Sounds like a Vermont version of The Moth from NPR.
*Bring Us Your True Love Stories *
Have a love story you’re longing to tell? Or one you’d love to hear? On Sunday, February 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Grafton Public Library, storyteller and author Annie Hawkins and librarian Michelle Dufort are hosting a gathering of stories in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Please come and tell us your unscripted 5-minute story about a person, place, possession, pet, or anything you deeply love. Or just come and listen. Annie will kick off the fun with her story and then the stage will belong to you.
Please note that “unscripted” means that the text is in your heart, not on a page.