Blind Date with a Book!

I’m pretty late to be posting about Valentine’s Day- time has gotten away from me! But back in February, I wanted to create a fun display of books to get kids to fall in love with books they might not have normally chosen to read. One of the toughest parts to getting a hesitant reader to pick up a new book is getting the reader on board with the title and cover. Us avid readers tend to turn up our noses at the thought of judging a book by its cover, however for many people, it is a key factor in whether or not they pick up the book. After all, we all know the boys who will miss out on a great dystopian novel because there is a high-heeled shoe on the book’s cover (Cinder, anyone?). But how do you get these readers to look past the potentially fluffy description and cover?

My solution: Blind Date with a Book! After seeing this clever idea on Pintrest, I knew I had to adapt it to my school library. Fitting in with Valentine’s Day, the Blind Date with a Book display was fun to create and even more fun to see students’ participation! I wrapped up a variety of books with red paper and covered the titles of the books so that students could only judge each book by the short description I prepared. Naturally, I wrote each description to be as catchy and intriguing as possible, and decorated each wrapped cover with stickers and hearts. I pulled mysteries, romances, graphic novels, you name it- I wanted to catch the eye of as many readers as possible!

Here is the sign we made to hang over the entire display:



Here is an example of a covered book, with the description and the raffle card!


And here are some more pictures of the display as a whole!

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With lots of help from the real librarian Marjie, I wrote descriptions and wrapped covers for over 25 titles. We even set up a raffle for students; submit a “Rate Your Book Date” card after reading your chosen book “date,” and enter your name into a raffle for library themed prizes! (ALA mugs, bags, pens and  lanyards) And to our delight, many students participated! I had countless classmates approach me to discuss the “adorable display in the Info Center” and many more coming up to me to discuss a blind date book they were considering, or had already read.

It took about two weeks to pull together a resource list of titles, write descriptions, wrap/decorate the books, and design signage and the raffle. It was a busy two weeks, but definitely the most satisfying program I’ve been involved with thus far!

Stayed tuned for more Spring Weeding; this time I’m conquering the non-fiction! Yikes!


One thought on “Blind Date with a Book!

  1. Well done, Julie! This was one of our most successful programming initiatives ever! So fun. What are we going to do next year when you’re not around to write those zippy descriptions?! You have a real talent for writing the catchy blurb! :-) And great job with the weeding, too. I honestly don’t know what we wouldn’t done without you this year. You have done stellar work, and we are so grateful for your efforts. But, before you go, please tell me you’ll write our summer reading blurbs…? Mine won’t hold a candle to yours!! :-) — Lisa

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