Celebrating Valentine's Day

The Government Publishing Office (GPO) loves to see the many ways Federal depository libraries (FDLs) celebrate Valentine’s Day. The following entries are a collection of the displays and events that FDLs have shared with their patrons. The creativity of librarians is obvious from the varied selection that includes a “blind date with a book” display, a “Love my FDL” display, and of course several hearts.

If your library is looking for a bit of inspiration or wants to share their creativity with the rest of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), send us an email with your library’s name and a brief description of your display or event.

  • Patrons at the North Dakota State University Library are swooning over Ben. He’s there to spread the love and share all the amazing Government documents available for research.
  • The staff at the University of Maine School of Law’s Garbrecht Law Library made these beautiful heart decorations from recycled books to decorate their library.
  • The Law Library at the University of Puerto Rico is showing its love for the FDLP and free public access to U.S. Government information.
  • At Washington and Lee University’s Hall Law Library in Lexington, VA patrons are encouraged to show their love and leave a note on the board to say why they love the school and library.
  • The Thomas G. Carpenter Library at the University of North Florida hosted their ‘Blind Date with a Book’ event where patrons couldn’t judge a book by its cover and blindly selected titles to try out.
  • The San Diego County Public Law Library hosted an Open House with entertainment, refreshments, photo opportunities, and special guests.
  • The J. Cloyd Miller Library at Western New Mexico University created a display table full of books on or about love, their FDLP Eagle sign, a lot of hearts, and a beautiful floral arrangement. Who wouldn’t fall in love with this display after a few chocolates?
  • The Brown Library at Abilene Christian University made a Valentine’s tree and gave patrons hearts to write notes on and add to the tree. They also put famous love story fictions in their display case along with some children’s books. A sign in the display case asked the age-old and nearly impossible to decide question of “I love my librarian because?”
  • The Robert Manning Strozier Library at Florida State University offered a unique take on a conventional Valentine’s Day activity with their display. The library covered their books in the display so that patrons could not tell what book they were picking up, and offered a “Blind Date with a Book.” The library also highlighted their tech items and asked patrons to “Fall in Love” with them. What an extraordinary idea!
  • The Katie Murrell Library at Lindsey Wilson College created a display with beautiful wall decorations and candy, as well as a pair of handmade wreaths to commemorate the day, including a GovDocs wreath to highlight their Government documents collection. Further, they gave out coloring sheets and free romance/fiction novels to patrons.
  • The Memphis Public Library in Memphis, Tennessee created a display to share some information about two of Memphis’ most beloved public figures, B.B. King and Martin Luther King Jr. in 2018. In 2019, staff members created displays in the library’s lobby focusing on black history and featuring the Public Papers of President Barack Obama, as well as a display about African American history on Federal Government websites. A Presidents’ Day display was also incorporated to highlight Presidents’ lives from a historical perspective, as well as their lives as shown through the National Park Service.
  • The Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana had three displays set up in their Special Collections section. The displays offered some imaginative materials that truly highlighted the library’s connection to their patrons, and to their love of books. One of the displays took a unique approach on the theme of love highlighting the “Dangerous Love” of Bonnie and Clyde Barrow and their notorious crime spree in the 1930s. Bonnie and Clyde terrorized the Southwest along Route 66 before they were eventually gunned down by the police about 45 minutes away from Shreveport, cementing them in local folklore. The extraordinary collection offered several books on the two as well as some prints of the newspaper articles that followed their deadly romance. In addition to that collection, the library staff created a unique bookmark that read “Check Me Out” on the top in order to inform patrons that the books in a display of the Federal Documents section could be borrowed. Also, The staff reused a book tree created from law books that they have to dispose of, and highlighted the #lovemyFDL Twitter campaign. What an amazing set of displays that would be sure to get even the most stonehearted patrons into the holiday feeling!

To find more examples of how your library can best celebrate the holidays, visit the promotion page at fdlp.gov.