Off the Shelf: Celebrating love at the library

Off the Shelf: Celebrating love at the library

February is the month to celebrate love. The library collection contains thousands of love stories in books, audiobooks, and movies, along with countless love songs on music albums — available on CD or downloadable audio.

Whether you’re looking for a feel-good love story, heart-breaking romance, or a practical how-to relationship book, the library has something for you to check out.

This month, the library is also offering programs that support kindness and health/wellness. All programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Good reads

“The Stationery Shop” by Marjan Kamali

A novel set in 1953 Tehran, against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup. A young couple in love are separated on the eve of their marriage. They move on to live separate lives in America. When they reunite sixty years later, they finally discover the truth about what happened on that fateful day in the town square.

“Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love” by John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman

Navigating the challenges of long-term commitment takes effort. This book invites couples on eight fun, easy, and profoundly rewarding dates, each one focused on a make-or-break issue: trust, conflict, sex, money, family, adventure, spirituality and dreams (from the publisher).

“The Overdue Life of Amy Byler” by Kelly Harms

After her ex-husband offers to take care of their children for the summer, single mom Amy Byler takes a break from rural Pennsylvania and heads to New York City where she lets her hair down and starts dating again (from the publisher).

Coming up

February events at the Sequim Library:

• “Advance Care Planning: Making Future Health Care Choices,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

Advance Care Planning may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to love and relationships, but it’s an important act of love to share with your family. Trained representatives from will discuss future and end-of-life health care choices available to you.

• “Valentine’s Crafts for All Ages,” 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13

Spread the love with Valentine’s Day-themed letters, cards and crafts. Drop by anytime between 4-6pm to create something for those you love and for community members who might appreciate a handcrafted sentiment. Valentines may be gifted, kept, or left with library staff who will deliver them to residents at local memory care facilities. This family-friendly program is open to participants of all ages.

• “Guided Meditation and Relaxation Virtual Reality,” 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13

Adults and teens 13 and older can enjoy a special guided meditation and relaxation treat. Meditation Virtual Reality experiences utilize interactive 360° video using Oculus Rift and Go headsets and last about 15 to 20 minutes per user. Registration is required; visit or call 360-683-1161 to register.

More information

For more information, stop by the Sequim Library at 630 N. Sequim Ave., visit, email to or call 360-683-1161.

Emily Sly is the Sequim Branch Library Manager.

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