Be Mine, Valentine!

Inline image 1  I LOVE vintage Valentines!  They are so reflective of a different era, a simple era of which I was not a part.  I cannot quite imagine sending one like this out today.  Valentine's greetings actually date back to the Middle Ages when a suitor might have sung or recited a message of love to a special someone.  The earliest known Valentine's letter was sent by a Margery Brews to a John Pasten in 1477, when she declared that he was her "right well beloved Valentine!"  Sending Valentines really caught on in Victorian England when special inexpensive Valentine's paper and postage stamps became widely available.  Fast forward to 2016 and Americans spent almost 19.7 billion dollars on the day!  

You don't have to spend anything to be our Valentine here at Peninsula Community LIbrary!   On Thursday at 7 PM, patrons of all ages are invited to join us to create a heart shaped cake. Frosting and decorations will be provided. Attendees will need to bring in one 8" round cake and one 8" square cake, as well as something to carry the cake home in.  A large cookie sheet or box works well!  Children will need an adult to help them. There is no fee, but an RSVP is required so that we know how many to plan for!  
For those of you whose love is in the fabric and yarn arts, our group Threads meets on Monday, February 13 at 10 AM.  Bring along your knitting, needlepoint, etc. and work while socializing with other adults. Refreshments will be provided at this first meeting and we will discuss how often you would like to meet.  Reservations not necessary!

Valentine's Day is next week Tuesday and we invite you stop by the library that day to create a special card for your Valentine from our supplies. This is strictly DIY, so drop in during normal business hours, 9-5:30!

Boathouse tickets are on sale now!  The big event happens Tuesday, March 14th and will be an extra special IRISH Ceilidh with appetizers, wine, dinner, dessert and Irish music on the concertina and fiddle provided by Jane Arney and Friend.  Our silent auction will kickoff with items ranging from an original seat from Wrigley Stadium to a stay at the Mission Point Lighthouse. Learn the latest about our building project. Tickets are $150 per person with funds going to PCL's Building Fund.  $100 of the ticket price is tax deductible.  Can't come?  Buy a ticket and donate it to the library.  We will make sure it goes to someone who cannot otherwise attend.  Note that silent auction items will be available for bidding at the library for one week after the Boathouse event, ending with a Mocktail Party at the library on March 21st, sponsored by the Friends of Peninsula Community Library.  Many thanks to Doug Kosch of the Boathouse Restaurant, our musicians, silent auction donors and our great Friends group.  Be a part of this extra special gathering and help us build a library!

My three year old grandson is enamoured of an animated Canadian television series called Paw Patrol.  It is about a group of rescue pups in training who save the day whenever there is a problem.  Of course, Henry's Valentine's Day cards for all of his little daycare friends reflect his favorite characters.  However, I don't think anyone could possibly beat this expression of affection from a 1930's Valentine, 

"I'm all steamed up over you, Valentine!
You suit me to a TEA!"  

Much LOVE from the Staff of Peninsula Community Library!

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