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Valentine’s Day: Fall in Love…At the Library!

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day. Whether your heart beats fondly for this love-focused holiday or goes ice cold at the thought of it – I think there’s one thing that we can all agree on – that we do adore our Library!

Did you know that Americans were expected to spend $18.2 billion expressing their love on Valentine’s Day in 2017 (according to the National Retail Federation)?  But what if I told you that this year you could save a lot of that cash by spending Valentine’s Day with us.

From fun and free “date nights” to DIY gift making programs to romantic (and non-romantic) movies you can stream at home, we have everything you need to make this year’s Valentine’s Day something to remember. So get ready to fall in love…at the Library!

Ideas for Adults

Color Me Calm
Feb. 13, 2018 | 6 p.m. | Birmingham
Join us for an evening of adult coloring and make a masterpiece together as a couple, or create something to give to the person you love!

Fall in Love with Sugar Scrub
Feb. 13, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. | Washington
Looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift or a fun and unique evening? You’ll fall in love with our sugar scrub program! Learn how to make a natural sugar scrub with good for your skin ingredients. Registration required.

Poetry Speaks: African American Poetry Read-In
Feb. 14, 2018 | 6 p.m. | Main Library
Poetry is full of passion and therefore a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day! Join us for an evening of some of the most renowned African-American poets of our time. Pick a poem to read to your loved one as a surprise! Register here to read a poem.

Movie Night at Home
Pick up your (and your partner’s) favorite snacks or cook dinner at home and snuggle in for a warm and romantic movie night. Check out hoopla’s special Valentine’s Day movie collection. Hoopla is now available for streaming on Amazon Firestick, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku.

Ideas for Kids

Get Ready for Valentine’s Day
Feb. 7, 2018 | 4 p.m. | Lagrange
Make a few special cards for your favorite people.

Sweets for the Sweet
Feb. 12, 2018 | 3:30 p.m. | Locke
Get ready for Valentine’s Day! Today we’ll share lovely stories and make chocolate candies that you can keep for yourself or give to someone special.

The Great Candy Race
Feb. 13, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. | Oregon
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us during the Great Candy Race. Use candy hearts to participate in races and games.

Valentine Science
Feb. 14, 2018 | 4 p.m. | Washington
You’ll fall in love with chemistry with our fun Valentine’s Day themed experiments. Grades 1-5.

Ideas for Teens

3D Printed Adventures
Feb. 9, 2018 | 4 p.m. | Oregon
Ready to show some love? Why not make your loved one something a little extra special this year? Design a custom valentine for printing on our 3D printer.

Valentine Zumba
Feb. 9, 2018 | 4 p.m. | Toledo Heights
Develop a “love” for Zumba with instructor Elaina Hernandez. She will get you moving and grooving to some great music, and maybe even play a game or two!

Finding Cupid (Escape Room)
Feb. 13, 2018 | 4 p.m. | Oregon
Where in the world is cupid? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is up to you to trap him so that he doesn’t strike everyone, causing them to fall in love. Watch out, he is a sly one!

Ideas for Anti-Valentine’s Day’ers

Rock Out with the Anti-Valentine’s Day Tribute
Rock Out with the Anti-Valentine’s Day Tribute

Borrow the Anti-Valentine’s Day Tribute album from hoopla and rock out to some amazing music by Lady Antebellum, Eminem, Beyonce, Def Leppard, Alanis Morissette, Kayne West and more!

Gone Girl
Movies that Say “I Don’t Love You”

I love macabre movies and could certainly offer a big list here, but for this purpose I’ll stick to five movies that serve up a healthy dose of romantic relationships which leave me saying “nooooo thank you!” and leave it at that:

American Beauty (Rated R, DVD), The Break-Up (Rated PG-13, DVD), Eyes Wide Shut (Rated R, DVD), Gone Girl (Rated R, DVD) and The Shining (Rated R, DVD).

Schemes, Scams and Ripoffs
Schemes, Scams and Ripoffs

Feb. 14, 2018 | 6 p.m. | West Toledo

Being scammed is decidedly unlovely if you ask me! What better way to spend an anti-Valentine’s Day than to join Dick Eppstein with the Better Business Bureau discussing scams – how to spot them and how to protect oneself from them.

2018 Drop-In Programs (held during library hours)

BASH! Valentine’s Day
Feb. 12 – 17 | Heatherdowns

Blind Date with a Book
Feb. 12 – 17 | Reynolds Corners

Captured Hearts, Guess How Many
Feb. 12 – 16 | Toledo Heights
Feb. 12 – 17 | Waterville

Count the Kisses
Feb. 5 – 10 | Holland

Create a Valentine
Feb. 12 – 14 | Waterville

Live, Love, Laugh on the Bookmobile
Feb. 5 – 14 | Bookmobile

Win Our Hearts, Take a Guess
Feb. 5 – 17 | Heatherdowns

For current events, check out our Events page at ToledoLibrary.org/events.

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Join us for Poetry Speaks! African American Read-In, Feb. 14

Poetry Speaks! African American Poetry Read-in

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Main Library – McMaster Center

African Americans have profoundly influenced American poetry, from Phillis Wheatley to Paul Lawrence Dunbar, through the poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and into this twenty-first century explosion of brilliant new poets.

In celebration, we’re asking people in our community to choose one favorite poem or excerpt by an African American poet to read in a staged reading emceed by Rhonda Sewell, Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s External and Governmental Affairs Manager, and to tell us a bit about what it means to them.

Register to read a favorite poem (not your own, but published), family friendly, and no longer than a 5 minute time slot.  Registration is required only to read.

Online Registration for Readers opens January 15, 2018 and closes February 7, 2018.

Everyone is invited to attend.


Looking for a poem to read at the event? Check out these notable selections.

The Complete poetry by Maya Angelou
Selected poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
Complete poems / James Weldon Johnson ; edited with an introduction by Sondra Kathryn Wilson
Olio by Tyehimba Jess
Heaven / Rowan Ricardo Phillips
SOS: Poems 1961-2013 by Amiri Baraka
Don't Call Us Dead : Poems by Danez Smith
Collected poems : 1974--2004 / Rita Dove
Use trouble : poems / by Michael S. Harper
The collected poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 / edited by Kevin Young and Michael S. Glaser ; foreword by Toni Morrison ; afterword by Kevin Young
The Collected poems of Langston Hughes / Arnold Rampersad, editor, David Roessel, associate editor
Wild beauty = Belleza salvaje : new and selected poems / Ntozake Shange ; translated by Alejandro Álvarez Nieves
Looking for online sources? Check these out:

Black History Month – Academy of American Poets
To celebrate Black History Month in February—and the rich tradition of African American poetry all year long—browse essays on literary milestones and movements, find important books on black history and poetics, look for lesson plans for Black History Month, read archival letters from classic African American poets, and search poems about the African American experience by both classic and contemporary poets.

Celebrating Black History Month – Poetry Foundation
Poems, articles, and podcasts that explore African American history and culture.

University of Pittsburg Center for African American Poets and Poetics
The mission of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh is to highlight, promote, and share the poetry and poetic work of African American and African diasporic writers.

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