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A Year of Romance

Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near, but the Red Wing Public Library wants to keep the feeling going all year.

The library recently kicked off A Year of Romance, which will run this February through February 2015. The goal is to highlight the romance genre by expanding the library’s collection and by providing programs, activities, giveaways and other events centered on romance.

Library staff said they want to cater to romance readers while also introducing the style to some who might not have read such titles in the past.

Romance is the second most widely read genre behind suspense, library staffer Melissa Hill said earlier this year. “But that has not been reflected in our collection.”

“We want to do a better job serving those readers,” staff member Randy Decker said.

But they also want to reach out to others who don’t typically read romance.

“People don’t realize there’s romance that might appeal to them,” Hill said, noting there is a wide variety of romance styles and novels that many different readers would enjoy.

Each month of A Year of Romance will focus on a different type of romance novel, and this month is contemporary romance.

There are many new romance books available at the library, along with resources such as readers’ guides to help choose titles, staff said.

The program kicks off with a contest to win a “box of goodies,” according to the library’s website. To enter, check out and read a romance novel, then submit a brief entry form to the library. The winner will be drawn on Feb. 28.

The library also is hosting a showing of Joss Whedon’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Foot Room.

More details about events, classes, activities and contests will be available as they draw closer, staff said.

Visit to find out more about A Year of Romance and other library programs and services.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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