Happy Valentine’s Day

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Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I would tell you about some of our new Valentine’s Day themed books for kids!

Click, Clack, Moo: I Love You! By Doreen Cronin:
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!

The Littlest Valentine by Brandi Dougherty:
Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. But Emma just can’t seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries.

Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine’s Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little?

Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown! By Maggie Testa:
It’s Valentine’s Day and Charlie Brown is trying to find the courage to give the Little Red-Haired Girl a valentine!

With a little encouragement from Lucy, he finally goes for it. Is this the year everything finally works out for Charlie Brown?

Peppa’s Valentine’s Day by Courtney Carbone:
Receiving a pretty Valentine’s Day card in the mail from her friend Zoe Zebra, Peppa Pig learns about the meaning of the holiday and decides to show all of her friends just how special they are to her, in a heartwarming story.

Plus, let me tell you about the great events the library has coming up in February:

  • Storytimes are Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 6 pm! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Plus, every child gets a free book at every storytime.
  • Do your kids need something to do on Tuesday when they’re out of school? Bring them to the library for Video Games at 2 pm! Play our Playstation 4, Xbox, or Wii. All ages welcome.
  • Library & Lunch is this Wednesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.
  • The Library will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • USD 480 is out of school on Friday the 23rd – join us at the library at 1 pm to play board games and card games. Then, we will watch a fun children’s movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • This month’s recipe swap will be on Tuesday, the 27th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making Crock Pot dishes.

Treat yourself to a Valentine’s Day romance

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Visit the library’s Valentine’s Day book display and treat yourself to a new romance.

Best of My Love
by Susan Mallery

From the book description
To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

Blame It on Paris
by Jennifer Greene

From the book description
Being mugged at the Louvre is not what she had in mind for her long-awaited trip to Paris. Until Will Maguire comes to her aid, and she finds herself completely distracted by the handsome stranger in the Notre Dame sweatshirt.

Kelly can’t seem to resist the world’s most romantic city or Will, who is determined to show her all its treasures, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to strolls along the Seine.

But will their love last when they’re back in plain old South Bend, Indiana, or will they end up blaming their breathless fling on the city of love?

Just Kiss Me
by Rachel Gibson

From the book description
“Hello, Ms. Vivian . . . it’s been a long time.”
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It’s been years since she last saw Henry Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.

Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry. She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?

Henry got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools.

Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he’s come face-to-face with the one who got away. He’s not looking for love. He’s not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he’s ever done?

What’s happening at the library this week

  • Tuesday at Noon Library and Lunch – Our monthly book club is meeting on Valentine’s Day this month. We will be discussing “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers, a heartbreaking romance set in the California Gold Rush of the 1800s.
  • Tuesday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Thursday, you can come to the evening Tuesday one instead.
  • Wednesday at 5 pm Lego Day – Kids, come use your imagination to build something great!
  • Thursday at 11:15 am Storytime – Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Storytimes are open to children of all ages.

The Library will be closed for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 20th.

Valentine’s Day week – events and news

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Liberal Memorial Library Events this week

  • President’s Day
    The library will be closed on Monday, February 15th for President’s Day.
  • Bunco Party – Adults
    It’s not too late to sign up for our first ever Bunco party. It will be on Thursday, February 18th at noon in the Cooper-Clark meeting room. Bunco is a popular dice game that is often played at parties or with family. Refreshment will be served.
  • Game Time for Kids
    We will also have a Game Time for Kids on Thursday at 4 p.m. Kids will earn prizes and enjoy refreshments.

New Computers

The library is in the process of getting new laptops and power companions. Patrons can use the power companions to charge their own devices via usb, one of the library’s laptops, or possibly the patron’s own laptop if it is a model similar to one of the library laptops. The new laptops and power companions will be available for checkout for in-library usage for adult and teen patrons (with parental consent).

Valentine’s Day – New Romance Novels

We have set up a book display of new romance novels in honor of Valentine’s Day. For those of us who enjoy being swept away by a good romance, here are a few of our best and newest.

ladys guide to ruinA lady’s guide to ruin
by Kathleen Kimmel

Book Description
Joan Price is a wanted woman. A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, she’s now on the run from her former partners in crime. But luck must be on her side – just when it seems all is doomed, she runs straight into the arms of Martin Hargrove, Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin, Daphne.

Lord Fenbrook has no intention of marrying, and certainly doesn’t consider his notoriously scatterbrained cousin a prospect. But her flighty persona seems to hide something far more intriguing – a secret self she trusts with no one. And Martin is determined to earn that trust……

All the stars in the heavens : a novelall stars in heavens
by Adriana Trigiani

Book Description
The movie business is booming in 1935 when twenty-one-year-old Loretta Young meets thirty-four-year old Clark Gable on the set of The Call of the Wild. Though he’s already married, Gable falls for the stunning and vivacious young actress, and she returns his feelings.

Far from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Sister Alda Ducci has been forced to leave her convent and begin a new journey that leads her to Loretta. Becoming Miss Young’s secretary, the innocent and pious young Alda must navigate the wild terrain of Hollywood with fierce determination and a moral code that derives from her Italian roots. Over the course of decades, Alda and Loretta encounter scandal and adventure, choose love and passion, and forge an enduring bond of loyalty that will be put to the test when they face the greatest obstacle of their lives.

Who do you lovewho do you love
by Jennifer Weiner

Book Description
An unforgettable story about true love, real life, and second changes…
Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.

Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again – linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both of their lives.