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It's almost Valentine's Day: Break out the chocolate and wine

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There are many theories associated with the origins of St. Valentine's Day, with one thing in common- ancient Rome.

One theory involves Emperor Claudius II, who determined that single men made better soldiers, leading him to outlaw marriage. Valentine, a Catholic priest, didn't agree with the emperor and continued performing nuptials. Claudius found out that Valentine disobeyed him, so he ordered him put to death. If you would like to read more on the topic of St. Valentine or Valentine's Day, come and see us at your library.

"Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! By Doreen Cronin.

Little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine's Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun in this charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise!

It's Valentine's Day and on the farm that means a Valentine's party. Little Duck is wildly excited. She hangs balloons, streamers, sparkling lights, and hearts everywhere, and hand-makes a valentine for everyone. On top of a hill, a little fox hears the music from the party and follows Little Duck's many decorations to the barn...but foxes are not at all welcome on farms. The chickens stop dancing. The sheep stop dancing. The pigs stop dancing. The mice hustle off to hide. Will Little Fox ruin the dance? Or, perhaps, she's just what the party needs!

"My Secret Valentine," directed by Bradley Walsh: A Hallmark Channel original movie.

Chloe (Lacey Chabert) takes advice from the chalkboard notes that her mysterious house rental tenant leaves when a slick sales rep arrives with plans to buy her family's prized winery.

Library happenings

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to come to the library for Storytime on Thursday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Are you ready for a mystery date? This is your last chance to go on a Blind Date With a Book! Come in and select a wrapped book at the library, read it and then "rate your date," to be entered into a prize drawing to held this Friday, Feb. 15.

The Detroit Lakes Public Library has scheduled a discussion of "Virgil Wander" by Leif Enger. The library's book club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. to discuss this book, which tells the story of the residents of a small Midwestern town struggling to revive itself. All are welcome to join the discussion, which is offered free of charge at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. In March, the group will discuss "Still Life" by Louise Penny on March 19 at 3 p.m.

Library hours

The library's regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at www.larl.org, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.

For more information on local library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

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