The rustling of colorful leaves, an aromatic mug of hot apple cider, a cozy seat by the fireplace — the recipe for romance. Why not take advantage of this whimsical time of year with an autumn date night? A library card is the perfect addition to planning a charming evening in with your significant other. From movies and music to audio and e-books, the Queen Anne’s County Library carries thousands of titles to complement any date. Access everything digitally without having to leave home, and all for free. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, so the timing could not be any better. After you read the kiddos a bedtime story, try out one of our favorite autumn-inspired date night ideas below.

• Create Your Own Drive-in Theatre: If you enjoy a crisp autumn breeze, head outside to enjoy the evening as a couple al fresco. Lay out a blanket, string up some twinkle lights, and project your favorite movie onto your fence or a draped white tablecloth. “Return to Me” or “Alfie” are great options to download or stream instantly to complete the setting. Top everything off with a massive bowl of popcorn to bring the quintessential drive-in movie experience to your own backyard.

• Be Your Own Chef: Make your kitchen your own personal restaurant as you team up to cook a savory home-cooked meal together. Pour some wine and let Bobby Flay guide you via the Celebrity Chefs e-book on how to make a butternut squash Alfredo or fall harvest chili. It may turn out well or it may not – regardless, it’s a fun way to make memories and unwind as a couple, for a fraction of the price and without the wait.

• The Ultimate Cozy Night In: When relaxation is in order, curl up in a knit blanket in front of a roaring fireplace and let the music create an inviting ambiance. Ed Sheeran and Christina Perri are just some of the many artists available to instantly stream. Enjoy each other’s conversation to some light tunes and let the music whisk you away.

• Bask in Your Personal Spa: Who doesn’t love a soothing bubble bath, especially when enjoying the fragrance of all things cinnamon, pumpkin spice and everything nice? Create your own all-natural seasonal soaps with help from “Natural Soap at Home” or your own signature bath bomb with “Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs.” Light some candles and voila, romantic bubble bath for two!

Remember, September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month so visit www.lovemylibrarycard.com now or anytime to start borrowing for free today. Be on the lookout next month on how we can help you host the best Halloween party in town!

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