Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Speed Dating? With Books?

Come to the library on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. for Book Speed Dating!

What is speed dating? A large group of men and women gather in a specified place. And then, as Wikipedia tells us, "Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short 'dates', usually lasting from 3 to 8 minutes depending on the organization running the event. At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell or clinks a glass to signal the participants to move on to the next date. At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to. If there is a match, contact information is forwarded to both parties. Contact information cannot be traded during the initial meeting, in order to reduce pressure to accept or reject a suitor to his or her face."

How does this work with books? A group of people sit down with a group of unfamiliar books. Each person has a form for evaluating the books. A timer is started for five minutes, during which time each person reads from the book in front of them. When the timer goes off, the evaluation is filled out and the book is passed to the next person. This continues until each person has looked at each book, or until the overall meeting time has run out.

At our event, you will have the opportunity to check out the books which have captured your interest.

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