Curiosity and Generosity with Blind Date with a Book

In the past few weeks, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to one of our new programs: Blind Date with a Book. This is one of the ideas we brought back with us from our trip to the American Booksellers Association conference last February, and while we were excited about its possibilities, we didn’t anticipate how popular it would be with all of you. The "Blind Date Books" are flying out of the display, and this match-making couldn't make us happier.

If you haven’t yet scoped out this literary “dating scene,” what we’re doing is this: we take Advance Reader Copies (ARC’s) that have been read by our staff and recently published, and we wrap them in mystery-parcel-brown paper. Then we add a few descriptions: “Science-fiction,” or “popular with our Teen Advisory Group” or “Western romance that reads at a galloping pace,” before making these books available to you for a suggested $3 donation. That’s right, for $3 you can “go out” with a newly published book vetted by our staff. Not a bad prospect for a date! 

Plus, that $3 goes to a great cause. One hundred percent of the Blind Date with a Book proceeds go to our Book Fair Fund, used to ensure that all children have the opportunity to purchase a book at their school’s book fair. Last week we ran fairs at two different schools and saw a number of children shopping with Book Fair Bucks ($10 vouchers supported by the Book Fair Fund). They browsed enthusiastically, made careful choices, and were obviously excited about their purchases. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this fund, either directly or by way of taking a chance on a Blind Date with a Book!