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When I think of February, I think of love, red and pink hearts, Cupid, Valentine’s Day cards, candy and libraries! Did you know that February is National Library Lovers' Month? The perfect time to visit your local library, attend a program and show your library support. Here are five ways to love your library!

1. Get a library card. Library cards are not just for books. They allow access to all kinds of resources, including Discover! Kits, a circulating collection of cake pans, tabletop games for children and adults, learning backpacks for kids, Chromebooks, Kindle Fire tablets, Playaways, video games and more! Not to mention e-books, e-audio and films through Overdrive, Hoopla and Kanopy. Only available with your library card!

2. Explore something new, attend a library program. Seymour Library designs programs with you in mind, focusing on the needs and interests of the community. This month, we invite you to discover nature, explore history and engage in some winter break fun for the whole family:

• Discover nature with programs on birds and animal tracks! Celebrate National Bird-Feeding Month at Seymour Library with guest speaker Alyssa Johnson, environmental educator with the Montezuma Audubon Center, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Learn how to make your backyard more “bird-friendly” and, afterwards, make your own bird feeder to take home and hang in the backyard! This program is free and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

• Learn all about the tracks made by a variety of animals at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. This hands-on program explores nature using the five senses. It's open to children and families; no registration is required.

• Explore family and local history with Genealogy 101: Starting Your Family History at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, and "A History of Catholic Schools in Auburn" with Anne Yantch Saphara and Davia Yantch Jordan at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. Or check out the newest exhibit featured at Seymour Library, "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow." This exhibit, organized by the New York Historical Society, explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. The exhibit is located in the hallway leading from the elevator to the children’s room, right outside the History Discovery Center.

• Looking for something to do with the kids during school break? Look no further than Seymour Library’s Children’s Room! Programs include a cupcake decorating contest, storytime with the Auburn Police Department, a pajama pizza party, after-hours family movie night, crafting and more! For dates and times, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org/events-classes.

3. Post it (on social media). Want to show off a cool cake that you made with one of the library’s cake pans? Or something fun you did at the library? Share it on the library’s social media with #SeymourLibrary and don’t forget to take a selfie in the library photo booth this month!

4. Become a Friend! The Friends of Seymour Library volunteer their time and energy to advocate on behalf of the library on both state and local levels. Their support allows for materials and programs that benefit the community. Past Friends-sponsored programs include chair yoga classes, workshops with local artists, local history presentations, performances for children and more!

Join the Friends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, as they celebrate National Make a Friend Day with refreshments. Stop by and say hello, or even pick up a membership form!

For more information about the Friends of Seymour Library, visit friendsofseymourlibrary.org or visit them on Facebook at "Friends of Seymour Library."

5. Be a library advocate! Ensure the future of libraries by contacting your state assemblyperson, senator and governor by email, phone or mail. Postcards are available at Seymour Library. Write down why you love libraries and we will deliver them to Albany on Library Advocacy Day Feb. 27.

The best way to show your support is to participate, to take advantage of all the resources the library has to offer, and to share your story. We hope to see you at the library this February!

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Jackie Kolb is community services coordinator at Seymour Library in Auburn. For more information, visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571.

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