Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blind Date with a Book

Last year I put together a book display called Blind Date with a Book.  I found the idea through another librarian's post and thought it was great.  Last year I wrapped 19 books and 15 books were checked out.  We asked that people reviewed the book but unfortunately only two people returned reviews.
Last year's books included:

  • In the Hot Zone by Kevin Sites
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon by Daivd Michaels
  • Macbeth by Shakespear
  • A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  • An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore
  • Under the Dome by Stephen King
  • Lawless by Nora Roberts
  • The Sinatra Files by Tom Kuntz
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
  • Ford County by John Grisham
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
  • A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
  • Hide & Seek by James Patterson
  • A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolf
  • Gorgeous East by Robert Girardi
Most of these books were ones that I either had read or wanted to read. But I noticed people picked books based on sizes, Under the Dome sat on the shelf all month, it was just too big I guess.

I'm trying again this year!

The "rules" are the same.  You won't know what book you get until you check it out and we're asking you to review your date and let us know how it went.

These are the books I have wrapped right now, and if you can tell by the display, one book has already been checked out.  This year I tried to find books that all looked about average size.

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand 
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • The Lover’s Knot by Clare O’Donohue 
  • The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
  • Martin Luther King Jr. by Marshall Frady
  • Sleep with the Fishes by Brian M. Wiprud
  • Blockade Billy by Stephen King
I'll be wrapping more books as these get checked out.

Edit 2/6/13:
Since this post is still getting a lot of traffic click here for a list of newer displays


  1. I really like it too, it's hard to get our adult patrons to participate in programs, so I'll try just about anything to get even a little bit of participation. 

  2. I am trying to track down where "Blind Date with a Book" might have started (if possible, I'd like to give credit to the originator of the idea), and this is one of the earliest references I've found so far. Can you give me more information about the origins of this wonderful idea or where you first heard about it?