Love is in the Library



Love is in the Library

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We're celebrating love and romance this month – a little to do with Valentine's Day.
Legend has it that in Rome about 269 AD, a Christian priest named Valentinus continued to officiate at marriages of young Roman soldiers even after the emperor had decreed that this practice was to stop due to the theory that the soldiers were "distracted" from their duties once married. While in jail, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's daughter and on the eve of his execution wrote her a note, signing it, "Your Valentine" Centuries later, Pope Gelasius proclaimed February 14th as St.Valentine's Day. About 1415, the Duke of Orleans (a Frenchman) captured during a battle, sent his wife a love note from his prison cell in the Tower of London on February 14th and it is he who is credited with starting the Valentines tradition of sending love notes.

As you come into the library, you may notice a heart-filled display where our customers have noted what they most love about the library.  We love you to add your note to this display!

Rotorua's own famous love story


​The Research and Heritage team talk about Rotorua's most famous love story Hinemoa and Tutanekai on their blog post this month.  Although there are many versions and variations, the story is always good to hear and read again.  They have summerised the story as told by the late Don Stafford.  The team have also put up some great displays on the ground and second floors.

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Leap Years  

​A Leap Year is also known as an intercalary year or bissextile year.  2020 is a leap year which means that there will be a February 29th for the first time in four years.  The time it takes for the earth to rotate is 365 ¼ days but the calendar year is 365 days, so once every four years an extra day  is added to compensate.

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.

There are age-old traditions around leap years, many relating to the switching of traditional gender roles – a woman can propose to a man for instance.  In some countries, leap day was also known as "Bachelors' Day" for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.  In some cases, the man would be expected to buy multiple pairs of gloves for the woman he refused, apparently so she could hide the fact that she had no ring on her finger and be saved from embarrassment.




Page reviewed: 13 Feb 2020 1:09pm