Love is a word that comes up frequently in libraries, as patrons exclaim, "I love this book!" or "I love this library!" Fortunately, there is a month designed expressly for uttering such things, as February is Library Lovers' Month. Staff members in the Delta County Libraries are offering unique ways to celebrate the occasion all month long. Opportunities abound around the Library District to make cards, jewelry and origami, watch movies, attend story times and more.
In the Hotchkiss and Cedaredge Libraries, staff is busy wrapping books in colorful red and white paper in preparation for connecting blind dates with books. Participants will have the opportunity to select a concealed book from a display and take the book home to read. Books are not merely romance novels; instead, staff have chosen reads recommended by patrons and staff and which are likely to be appealing to others.
Hotchkiss staff member Sarah Pope encourages people to try the program, saying, "How often do we judge a book by its cover or find ourselves reading the same author over and over again? This February we're encouraging library patrons go on a blind date -- with a book. Maybe readers will find a new character, story or genre. This is a great opportunity to discover a new author, explore a new topic and hopefully fall in love with reading all over again."
Fortunately, unlike a human date, rejected books will agreeably return to library book drops if the date does not work out. Pope assures, "Don't worry, if you don't enjoy your blind date, your favorite books will still be waiting for you on our shelves." This opportunity is available to anyone with a Delta County Libraries card, so intrigued patrons from all over the county are invited to visit one of the participating libraries for a blind date.
Not everyone likes dating, whether the subject is books, humans or something else. And even those who love their libraries may not love the sentiment of the month. Library staff is also catering to these patrons with several Anti-Valentine's Day parties. Largely geared toward teens, parties in the Delta and Cedaredge Libraries will provide un-romantic goodies like chocolate covered bacon, as well as a chance to spend time with friends without any inferences to love.
Library staff is trying hard to reach out to patrons of all ages in February. Libraries would not function without the dedicated use and passionate support of library patrons, and more than anything else, Library Lovers' Month is a chance to celebrate everyone who values the library. Delta County residents are encouraged to visit a local library for a program, a blind date, a turn at the computers, or an afternoon of quiet time, and while there, library staff would like patrons to reflect on what they love about libraries, in Delta County and further afield.