“Wait. What? Dirty books? Didn’t you guys just clean the George Peabody Library recently?”

No, not those kinds of dirty books, silly! We’re talking books that could make you blush, sigh, or long for what could have been if you’d only typed that blasted number properly. That’s right, for one night only we’re bringing to the lovelorn and beloved alike a rare books extravaganza curated by Cupid himself!

Laugh at hilarious erotica from the 18th century, get a sugar rush from pages of lipstick kisses, and for those of you who are like “Valentine’s Day, BLARGH,” you can take glee, sinister glee, in depictions of cherubs being eaten by crocodiles! There will even be on view a friendship album featuring hair art from the late 19th century. Plus, you can make your own vintage Valentine or anti-Valentine!


Where shall such merriment occur? Why, in Special Collections of the Brody Learning Commons, of course! Stop by Wednesday, February 14 from 6pm-8:00pm to view favorite books straight from Venus’ library and craft your own declarations of love! You can also #JHUshowYourLove for the LGBTQ community by picking up a rainbow ribbon during the event.