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Library Corner: Love is in the air at your local library

Tess Riley
Grand County Library District

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and love is in the air.

If you’re in a relationship (especially in the heart-pounding early days), you’re probably counting down the hours until Valentine’s Day. Romance, cards, candy, and roses — what’s not to love?

But, if you’re single, you may find all the hype and drama mildly annoying. As in, if you see one more jewelry store advertisement for engagement rings, you might scream.

There’s probably not a single holiday more universally loved and loathed at the same time. No matter which camp you fall into, your local library has something to make Valentine’s Day special for you. We have something for romantics, skeptics, and everyone in-between.

For the lovebirds out there, your library has a plethora of romance novels. Whether your perfect Valentine wears a tuxedo, chaps, or a vampire cape, we’ve got love stories to make you swoon. Check out “Beauchamp Hall,” “Cowboys are my Weakness,” or “Undead and Unwed” — among many hundreds more.

If you’re getting engaged this Valentine’s Day, your library has mountains of wedding planning books, from “Green wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration” to “I Do: Do-It-Yourself Wedding Planning.”

Maybe you haven’t met the love of your life yet, but you’re actively looking? We have some titles just for you. Try “Dating for Dummies,” “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough” or “Dating Disasters and How to Avoid Them.”

For those in established relationships, you haven’t been forgotten. How about “Relationships: How to Make Bad Relationships Better and Good Relationships Great,” “Being Me, Loving You: A Practical Guide to Extraordinary Relationships” or “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.”

What if you’re recovering from a broken heart? We’ve got just what you need. You might want to try “It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken,” “How to Fix a Broken Heart,” and “The Truth About Breaking Up, Making Up, and Moving On.”

How about those people who are single and happily so? There are even titles you’ll love. Check out “All the Single Ladies,” “Choosing Me Before We,” or “Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own.”

Many of these titles are available as downloadable e-books using Libby by OverDrive, a free app for reading library books on your mobile device.

Don’t forget that your local library gives you access to so much more than books. We’ve got plenty of DVDs to get you through the holiday, from “Date Night” and “The Proposal” to “I Hate Love” and “He’s Just Not That into You.”

You can even stream your movies with Kanopy, GCLD’s free online streaming service. Kanopy offers “Love is All: 100 Years of Modern Romance,” “Love with the Proper Stranger,” and “Charade” to name only a few.

Simply go online to to request, download, or stream these titles and thousands more.

Happy Valentine’s Day from your local library! We love you!

Tess Riley is library services specialist at the Grand County Library District.

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