Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Blind Date With a Book Spreads Love at Boise Public Library

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Paperback seeks reader who enjoys long walks on the beach.
  • Boise Public Library
  • Paperback seeks reader who enjoys long walks on the beach.

Boiseans looking to find love have an unlikely new matchmaker this Valentine's Day: the Boise Public Library.

A program called Blind Date with a Book gives visitors a choice of potential suitors to take home, in the form of books wrapped up in brightly colored paper to conceal their identities. However, the books do come with a small personal ad, according to Megan Jamison, a library assistant at the downtown branch in charge of the project.

"Hard cover seeks reader who is fearless, ambitious and is very compassionate. Must love New York, animals and new beginnings," Jamison quoted from an ad.

Library employees chose books in adult fiction and nonfiction, and wrote ads to help guide visitors to find the right tale. She said staff had seen the idea on the Internet after it was adopted at libraries across the country.

"We thought it was a really neat idea to get people more excited about books, and trying something new that they've never read before," said Jamison.

After pulling a book off the shelf, readers can unwrap the package and reveal a new story. Jamison said the library started the program last year, and ended up matching 100 books with new mates.

So far, both the Main Branch at 715 S. Capitol, and the Library at Hillcrest, 5246 Overland Road, will participate in the program, which runs through Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14.

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