valentine's day


three examples of romance book cover art featuring couples embracing passionately
Christa Deitrick, February 12, 2020

One of the coolest things about working at the Central Library is getting to be around our amazing collection. We have amassed quite a few books since we opened our doors in 1926—the Fiction collection alone boasts over 375,000 titles!

Kiss cam hearts around a couple kissing
Tina Lernø, February 14, 2019

Ah Valentine's Day! The day to celebrate romantic love.

For some, it's a day of love and kisses to look forward to with your sweetheart, for others, well, not so much.

two woodcut images from Novelist
Tina Lernø, February 14, 2018

February is the month for love and romance whatever language you speak: amor, l’amour, cinta, pag-ibig, liebe, люблю, 愛.

Love tree
Sheryn Morris, February 14, 2017

Los Angeles Public Library has several branches and community rooms named in honor of notable writers. Two branches are named in honor of writers whose lives include wonderful love stories.

ladies with a giant valentine card
James Sherman, February 14, 2015

Locating Love Poetry in the Literature Department

Desperate for something special for that someone special this Valentine's Day? Ask yourself: what's more moving, more enduring, and much cheaper than flowers?

Christa Deitrick, February 12, 2015

Our celebration of the word wizardry of Lorenz Hart continues with another love song.  With February 14th right around the corner, what better song to choose than the Rodgers and Hart classic My Funny Valentine?

Photograph of Lorenz Hart
Christa Deitrick, February 06, 2015

The best lyricists are poets, albeit with a slightly different skill set.  Their goal is not to make the words sing upon the page, but rather to craft lines that can be sung in real life.  Like Shakespeare's plays, their couplets and stanzas are meant to be heard and not seen.

Edna St. Vincent Millay
Christa Deitrick, February 21, 2014

Thanks for sticking with me all month long. I hope you liked the poems. Last but not least is an entry from Miss Edna St. Vincent Millay.

W. B. Yeats
Christa Deitrick, February 15, 2014

And now for a classic "you'll miss me when I'm gone" poem, courtesy of William Butler Yeats. Yeats was an impressive man--poet, playwright, Irish patriot, spooky occult guy, and winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Public Relations Office, February 13, 2014

Valentine's day is here! Surprise your valentine with a personalized digital mix tape. Here's a list of great love songs you can download using your library card and our free service Freegal Music.