Libraries Doing Valentine’s Day Right
Libraries are always looking for cool ways to celebrate the seasons. Here at New York Public Library, we are no exception. Currently the Donnell Central Children’s Room is presenting a display of blue Victorian valentines courtesy of my co-worker Warren. Warren meticulously went through all our Valentines to find the blue ones (Theme: Violets Are Blue) without any help from anyone else. He deserves kudos and cupcakes for that.
And speaking of cupcakes, I feel obligated to tell you what the Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL is doing for Vally Day. From the women who brought you the Clementine party (complete with a pin-the-bologna-eyeglasses-on-Clementine game) comes . . . .
Or simply . . .
Here’s how Kiera, who co-created this with Jolie, describes the day:
"We’re doing the Toilet Toss and Underwear Decorating as well as a Felicia Furrypaws KnockDown Game, and a Make-Your-Own-Mouse-Ears craft. We’ll be serving cupcakes in neon green (slime) and hot pink frosting. It should be a blast!"
My co-workers and I can’t quite figure out if the Toilet Toss means tossing an actual toilet seat ala horseshoes or tossing things into a toilet. Whatever the case, this has got to be one of the more original Valentine’s Day library parties I’ve heard of. My library did a Captain Underpants Party half a year ago or so and between the Flush 3000 Punch (of a lovely blue hue) and the Underwear Toss, it was a bonified hit.
If you know of other wacky library parties that eschew the standard hearts and cards on February 14th, feel free to say.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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