Last February I was over at Rehoboth’s Blanding Free Public Library and noticed an interesting display. There were a number of books wrapped in brown paper with writing on the outside giving a sort of teasing description of the book inside the wrapping. The display was titled “Blind Date with a Book.” It turned out to be a nationwide library display, usually for the month of February. So why not us, I thought.
As we were shifting the fiction this summer, I found that there were quite a few books that had received A’s on the blue rating slip in the back, several of them books I hadn’t read. It dawned on me that this would be a great source of books for the Blind Dates. With the help of the staff I have been collecting a list of books that received A’s and chose around 50 of them for the display. Then I checked on Goodreads.com to make sure the books seemed okay with their readers as well. For the nonfiction books, I picked books that were popular with our book discussion groups over the past 16 years or were popular with staff members.
Here’s how the Blind Date works.
- In February the main display near the elevator will be filled with books covered in brown paper.
- On each book is a short teaser description to let you know what you might be in for if you take this book home.
- You check the book out as usual. There is a duplicate barcode on each cover.
- Your job is to wait to unwrap the book until you get home and to give it a chance. It might not be something you normally read, but you might still like it.
- If you don’t care for the book after about 50 pages, don’t feel you have to finish it. After all, not all blind dates work out. Just bring it back.
- Each book has a pink review slip in it. Please fill it out and put it in the Review box at the display (or give it to a staff member.) Put your name and phone number on it for a chance to win a prize at the end of the month.