In celebration of February and all things romantic, a co-worker and I created a library display entitled “Blind Date with a Book.” The idea was simple – we chose a number of adult and young adult novels that featured a central romance in the plot. The books had to be currently checked in, and not from 2013 (since newer books are in higher demand). We created dating profiles for each book (obviously utilizing numerous dating websites for research – and what fun research it was!) and then wrapped them in brown and pink paper.
Starting this week patrons can check out the book based only on the dating profile. They won’t know what the book is until it’s checked out and unwrapped. I’m sure some dates will go wonderfully, some terribly, but either way, I’m sure it’ll be a story to share.
I’ll admit, the idea was not original – libraries have done it before – but what makes ours unique are the dating profiles. I’d like to think the characters are somewhere, thinking yeah, that fits me perfectly.
What do you think? Would you go on a blind date with a book? Here are some of our wrapped YA novels. Can you guess what they are? (Click on the pics to zoom, and highlight the bottom of the post to see the answers!)
Lauren Gibaldi Mathur is a young adult author and public librarian. She’s quite find of dinosaurs, cardigans and cheesy jokes. Michelle Andelman of Regal Literary represents her. You can find her at http://laurengibaldi.com, or on Twitter as @laurengibaldi.
The Answers (highlight to see):
Book 1 – Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Book 2 – Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott
Book 3 – Twilight (We had to)
Book 4 – Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
Book 5 – International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams
Book 6 – Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith
Book 7 – Matched by Ally Condie
Book 8 – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith