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Leap Year!

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Today is the 29th of February!

It’s an extra day! You have an extra day! Go crazy! With your extra day! That doesn’t happy very often (“every four years” really isn’t what I’d call “very often”). An extra day! Unless, you know, you have to work or go to school or something.

A patron asked us the other day just what exactly is up with Leap Years and Leap Days, and there’s a lot of really complicated explanations out there that can only confuse a person more than anything else.

For example, this is the opening of the Wikipedia article on Leap Day:

February 29, known as a leap day in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are evenly divisible by 4, such as 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Years that are evenly divisible by 100 do not contain a leap day, with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400, which do contain a leap day; thus 1900 did not contain a leap day while 2000 did. Years containing a leap day are called leap years. February 29 is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in such a year, with 306 days remaining until the end of that year.

That makes sense, right? Besides being a little complicated and kind of confusing, right?

Well, the same Wikipedia article also has a fairly easy explanation for Leap Days, which I’ll break down like this: Each day has 24 hours in it, right? A year is the Earth’s annual trip around the sun, right? And each year, as defined by modern calendars, consists of 365 days, right? Well, yes, and also… No.

The annual revolution of our planet around the sun actually takes 365 days and 6 hours to complete. So every four years we take those accumulated extra hours (6 of them with each year), and we add that to the calendar as – ta da! – February 29. It’s something we do just to make sure that the calendar stays fairly accurate to the planet’s journey around the sun.

Also, there’s this:

Also, there’s the whole Julius Caesar angle.

But basically, like I said, it’s kind of an extra day, and one you want to enjoy.

from here.

Just out of curiosity: Any of our patrons or readers out there who were born on Feb. 29? If so, then HAPPY BIRTHDAY! But also, if you don’t mind us asking, how, and also when, do you celebrate your birthday?

And we hope that everyone has a great Leap Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Or, if you prefer: Happy Single Awareness Day!

Stop on by the library, if you get a chance. We’ve got books for adults, young adults, and our juvenile readers to tie with in today, both in fiction and non-fiction. Or, pick up a movie to watch with that someone special, even if that someone special is just you.

Books:

What Is This Thing Called Love? by Gene Wilder

William And Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen

Cartoon Marriage: Adventures In Love And Matrimony By The New Yorker’s Cartoon Couple by Liza Donnelly and Michael Maslin

Fearless by Diana Palmer

The Medieval Art Of Love: Objects And Subjects Of Desire by Michael Camille

Love Letters Of Great Men, edited by Ursula Doyle

The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks

Massage For Dummies by Steve Cappellini

Prisoner Of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey

Words Of Silk by Sandra Brown

Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard

A Love Of My Own by E. Lynn Harris

My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov To Munro, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Leviathan

Partly Cloudy: Poems Of Love And Longing by Gary Soto

Lost At Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Love And Other Four-Letter Words by Carolyn Mackler

Blood And Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Cupid And Psyche by M. Charlotte Craft and illustrated by K. Y. Craft

The Best Valentine In The World by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Henry And The Valentine Surprise by Nancy L. Carlson

The Valentine Cat by Ann Whitehead Nagda and illustrated by Stephanie Roth

DVDs:

Crazy Love

50 First Dates

Just Wright

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Letter To Juliet

Shall We Dance?

The Fountain

I Hate Valentine’s Day

In The Mood For Love

Date Night

While You Were Sleeping

Last Of The Red Hot Lovers

Solaris

When In Rome

Love Actually

Before Sunrise and Before Sunset

Must Love Dogs

Bonnie & Clyde