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Love is in the air, even at the library

There are many theories associated with the origins 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, Mass. 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 is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day, and your library has one for every age.

Ruby Valentine Saves the Day by Laurie B. Friedman.

It's Valentine's Day and Ruby won't let anything spoil the celebration! In this follow-up to the popular Love, Ruby Valentine, Ruby's favorite day of the year rolls around again, and she and Lovebird work feverishly to plan the perfect party for everyone in Heartland.

But when Valentine's Day arrives, an unexpected snowstorm threatens to ruin all of Ruby's plans. Will Ruby find a way to save the day, or will everyone in Heartland have to wait until next year to celebrate? Another heartwarming tale of a girl who discovers the true meaning of Valentine's Day.

Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich.

Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie -- and he's not taking no for an answer. Annie Hart is a relationship expert who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast.

Diesel knows where she is. So they make a deal: He'll help her get Annie if Stephanie plays matchmaker to several of Annie's most difficult clients. But someone wants to find Annie even more than Diesel and Stephanie. Someone with a nasty temper.

Library happenings

• Detroit Lakes Library HappeningsBrown Bag Lunch CraftersTuesday, February 15 from 12 to 2 p.m.

• Join us for the Library Club's annual Book Lovers Tea. Join your friends celebrating your love of books.Tuesday, February 15 from 2 to 5 p.m.

• Be a part of the Detroit Lakes Polar Fest Activities. Write a poem about Polar Pete. Cash prizes awarded for best poems. Contest rules available at the library.Tuesday, February 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

• Wow Wii Wednesday -- Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

•Storytime --Thursday, February 17 and Saturday, February 19 at 10:30 a.m.

• Puppet Party for Kids --Materials will be provided to make puppets. The newly made puppets will be used to put on a puppet show. There will be snacks and door prizes. • Thursday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m.

• Lonnie Dupre: Polar Explorer (Polar Fest Activity)Polar Explorer Lonnie Dupre Lonnie will introduce audience members to the wonders of the Arctic and teach them about setting and reaching goals. His presentation includes images from his expeditions, "show and tell" and a question and answer period. Lonnie is from Grand Marais and recently attempted to climb Alaska's Mt. McKinley. Admission is free and is supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at Holmes Theatre.

• Library Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.