Food for Thought
Anti-Valentine? Join the Club!
Godiva, Ferrara, chocolate truffles, M&Ms, you name it — all those brand name sweets at 50% off or on a buy-one-get-one-free basis totally makes up for this senseless tradition.
Though the only people actually winning from this scheme are your dentists and candy makers, who's really counting your cavities when the most-ridiculous "holiday" of the year just ended?! (In my humble opinion...)
Don't get me wrong, I am not bashing V-Day; it may sound like I am, but I want to bring to your attention a new movement campaigning against this lovey-dovey celebration called: Anti-Valentine or Single Awareness Day (S.A.D). It's true. There are books, web pages and now even public programs promoting Single Awareness Day, a day where people celebrate or to commiserate in their single status.
For example, my colleague Arpine Eloyan, a children's librarian from the Glendale Public Library out in Los Angeles, CA is starting this program where kids are celebrating "Anti-Valentine's Day" through crafts (see below!).
These types of public programs are spreading throughout the country. In the library, we include and celebrate everyone's status!
This would not be a complete Library blog post without including a list of references for you to peruse during or after this Hallmark holiday!
- Resources on making your own chocolate treats >>
- List of resources for Valentine's Day >>
- Discover Single Awareness Day >>
- Want to hear some love or break up songs over and over? Check out Freegal! >>
(With an NYPL card, you can download DRM-free MP3s remotely; three songs per week.)
- Check out our public programs celebrating V-Day! >>
- Share a free NYPL e-Valentine Card! >>
- Need some last minute Valentine's Day gifts? Check out the Library Shop >>
Enjoy Valentine's Day if you will but I will certainly take advantage of the chocolate on sale — the day after.