This would be such an awesome lesson! Around valentines day, have students pick out a blind date with a book and then present their blind date to the class on Valentines Day! Still celebrating, but also learning. *UPDATE* Actually did this with my 7th grade students this last semester and they had a BLAST! What a great way to get students reading!
Times Machine is a wonderful database of New York Times articles that allows students to access exact digital copies of the famous newspaper dating back to 1851. With articles about everything from the sinking of the Titanic to death of President Lincoln, this is a valuable resource that can be used as source documents in history class or for many other classroom uses.