LIMA — Instead of exchanging St. Valentine’s Day cards and giving chocolates, some area teens threw softballs at photos of celebrities and created anti-Valentine’s day crafts.
More than 20 teens attended a get-together Tuesday night at Lima Public Library for the event, part of the library’s teen Tuesday series.
“This is the first time we’ve had an anti-Valentine’s day party,” said Steve Moser, teen librarian, who organized the event. “We got some movie nights, game nights, different things like that. All of our programs are planned with our teen advisory group, so they’re actually planned with input from teens.”
Moser said he got the idea from the American Library Association.
Cutting out an anti-cupid craft featuring strikeout symbols over hearts, April Nungester said she doesn’t understand the hype over the romance-based holiday.
“It’s just another day,” said Nungester, 17, who iss home-schooled. “I don’t get all mushy gushy.”
Meanwhile, other teens took turns throwing baseballs at photos of celebrities like Taylor Swift and New Direction, among other conventional teen heartthrobs. Caitie Flower had taken her turn winding up a few throws.
“I’m not exactly a big fan of Valentine’s day,” said Caitie, a seventh-grader at Shawnee Middle School. “It’s like, 'Haha, I have a boyfriend, and you don’t.'”
Being with friends around St. Valentine’s Day is something that makes her feel better.
“It just makes me happier, to know that I’m single and everyone’s OK with that,” Caitie said.
Other girls were just content they could go somewhere to hang out. Rebecca Ayers and Abigail Kohler attend teen Tuesday events often.
“It’s a good time to hang out with your friends, and it’s something you don’t get in trouble doing,” said Abigail, a 12-year-old Bath Middle School student. “It’s a good way to make new friends. No one here ever really fights.”