Valentine’s Day

By Faye

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their feelings for each other by sending cards, presenting flowers, or offering  confectionary. The holiday is named after two Early Christian martyrs named  Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love probably because it is the date on which the birds are supposed to start spring mating.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines.” Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.

Check out this book, “America Celebrates! A Patchwork of Weird & Wonderful Holiday Lore  and other books about Valentine’s Day at your library.

Valentines by Ted Kooser.

A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman.

Valentine : a Love Story by Chet Raymo.

The anti-Valentine’s handbook by Johan More.

Book of love by Andrew Greeley

Isn’t it Romantic : 100 Love poems by younger American poets

Hershey : Milton S. Hersey’s extraordinary life of  wealth, empire, and utopian dreams by Michael D’Antonia.

Chocolate : a Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum.

The Joy of Family Traditions : a Season-by-Season companion to Celebrations, Holidays, and Special Occasions by Jennifer Trainer Thompson.