Burlington library offers budget-friendly alternatives to celebrate Valentine’s Day


Published February 7, 2023 at 10:29 am

If you’re looking to impress a date this Valentine’s Day, but are strapped for cash, the Burlington Public Library has a few options available.

“No money? No problem! Celebrating the month of love with your sweetheart

doesn’t have to cost much when you have a library card,” said a spokesperson for the library.

Here are some ways you can spend a date with your Valentine using your Burlington Public Library membership.

“This month, we are offering free Valentine’s Day postcards from our Ivan Cleaver historic postcard collection. We have restored a super cute card for you to share with your cutie. Pick one up at your local branch and stay to learn about all the fun ways you can celebrate with your sweetheart.”

Enjoy A Movie Night In

Your Burlington Public Library Card gives you access to thousands of movies online and on DVD. Borrow or download an old favourite, toss a bag of popcorn in the microwave, and cozy up on the couch.

There are two free streaming services you can use with your library card: Kanopy and Hoopla. They both offer award-winning documentaries, classic cinema, and modern hits.

Have a Book Swap Date

Visit the library and go “secret shopping” with your pal or paramour. Give each other a few prompt words, then hit the stacks separately to search for a book that your love would love. Want to level up this option? Bring a thermos of coffee or hot cocoa and read your selections in the comfy seating areas once you’ve swapped.

Take An Online Cooking Class Together

Learning a skill together is a wonderful way to build on common interests. Your BPL card gives you access to free online courses through Kanopy’s The Great Courses collection including Mediterranean Cooking, Wine Tasting, and Spice Blends. Pick up some ingredients at the grocery store and learn alongside world-class chefs!

Take A Step Back In Time

Flash back to a significant date in your relationship by browsing our collection of historic newspapers on microfilm. You can use our microfilm reader at Central Branch to view Burlington newspapers dating back to 1899. While you’re here, log on to Ancestry.com with the free in-branch membership and unearth your family history.

Make Something Special

Visit MakerSpace at Central Branch to create a special Valentine’s gift together. You can print a favourite photo of the two of you using the large format printer or engrave it on a block of wood using our laser cutter. What about a puzzle piece keychain laser cut from acrylic to remind you both that you’re a perfect fit?

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