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Danell Haspel: Learn about the origins of Valentine’s Day at library

There are many theories associated with the origin of Valentine’s Day, with one thing in common — ancient Rome. The burning question, however, is “why do we celebrate the way we do?”

Americans can thank Esther A. Howland, of Worcester, Massachusetts. Our most popular activity on Valentine’s Day is sending cards, and according to World Book Encyclopedia, Ms. Howland is one of the first U.S. manufacturers of Valentine cards.

She got the tradition started for us in 1847, and it’s still going strong.  Not thinking about cupid yet?  A good book or movie is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, and your library has one for every age!

“Panda’s Valentine’s Day” by Tara Jaye Morrow.  

For Panda, Valentine’s Day means making the best card ever for his Mama—one that’s pretty and fun and with lots of love inside, just like her. But nothing he does works out quite right: the heart is uneven, the red ribbon tears, and the beads won’t glue. Then Mama shows him: it’s the love you share that really makes a card — and Valentine’s Day — special.

“Valentine’s Day” directed by Garry Marshall.

The starriest cast you may ever see sparkles in a hilarious and heartwarming romcom from the director of “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries.” Story lines crisscross, collide, and boomerang in this look at a day-in-the-life of love. There’s a proposal. Flowers that didn’t get sent. A big fat secret that’s finally told. The “I’ll show up and surprise him” that ended up surprising her. Fights, kisses, wrong turns, right moves and more. Whether new to or through with love, you’ll fall in love with this 19-star, funny-side-up celebration of romance.

Library happenings

  • The new is here!  Lake Agassiz Regional Library has launched a redesigned website to better serve you. Of course we kept all of the features you enjoy — digital downloads, electronic newsstand, children and teens pages, and event calendars (just to name a few) — and added great new navigation tools and an optimized catalog search.  Log on to  today to renew a checkout, read up on library news, Ask A Librarian, or view our recommendations page and find something new to check out!
  • “Hot Reads for Cold Nights,” our adult winter reading program, is now in session.  Come by the library to sign up and get your first reading log. For every four books you read or listen to, you will be entered into a drawing for one of our fabulous Hot Reads prizes!

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.  It is closed on Sundays.

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