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Tysons-Pimmit Library Holds Love Story Contest

Bonnie Borchert, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library’s youth services manager stands next to the library’s valentine’s  display. (Photo: Patricia Leslie/News-Press)
Bonnie Borchert, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library’s youth services manager stands next to the library’s valentine’s
display. (Photo: Patricia Leslie/News-Press)

Calling area love birds.

Can you tell your love story in 200 words or less?

That’s all that’s required to enter the love story contest at the Tysons-Pimmitt Regional Library and become eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to the Cheesecake Factory.

The deadline is tomorrow, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at the library. Chances of winning are pretty good, if last year’s number if entries any indication.
The library received just about five entries, said Alicia Korker, the library’s assistant branch manager.

“We’re hoping to get 20 or 30 entries,” said Bonnie Bochert the library’s youth services manager.

Entries should “be original, happy, and enjoyable to read,” she said.

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and only one entry per couple is allowed. Winners must agree to have his or her love story posted, but names may be withheld from the posting.

Korker said that anyone in in the area is eligible to participate. Same-sex couples are welcome to participate, too, Borchert said: “We are not exclusive.”

Judges will be two librarians at the Tysons branch, whom Korker called “flexible.”

To celebrate lovers and national ‘Love Your Library Month,’ which happens to fall at the same time, the library branch will have an open house on Valentine’s Day between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with live music by the Fortissimo Quartet, crafts, cookies and punch.

You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be notified by telephone or email.

The organization Friends of the Library are helping to make it happen, according to Korker.

Another Tysons’ library love manager is Patti Usowski who helped Bochert decorate the playful window where Bochert’s handmade heart of yarn and little pink teddy bears are on display.

Why is the library having this contest? “We used to have a Christmas open house, but with the budget cuts, we moved it to February since it’s ‘love your library’ month, and it’s the dead of winter and people have more time,” Usowski said.

Entries may be brought to the library or emailed to [email protected]

For those who may be loverless this Valentine’s Day, the Valentine open house may offer opportunity to check out extra Valentines who may be circulating, so you’ll have material to take back next Valentine’s Day.