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Blind Date with a Book

It feels naughty, but it's really nice: Take home a mystery book and unwrap a new love affair with reading.

Single? In a relationship? “It’s complicated”?

No matter! During the entire month of February, you can head to and have a mysterious assignation. Or as many as you like.

If you’re up for a rendezvous, all you have to do is check out one of the books on display. They are all wrapped in brown paper, and you won’t know the identity of your blind date until you get it home. Will it be fiction or non-fiction? Funny, informative, entertaining, or heart-breaking?

Spend some time getting to know your date. There will be no uncomfortable questions to answer, no awkward lulls in the conversation, no need to put on nice shoes (or even get out of your pajamas). Sure, you might be disappointed; but then again ... you may end up having a great time with something you would otherwise never have ventured to read.

Inside each book pocket is a ‘Rate Your Blind Date’ slip. If you’re so inclined, you can say whatever you want about it. Even if your date turns out to be a dud (don’t worry; its feelings won’t be hurt), all is not lost!

With each slip you return, you can enter a raffle. One lucky Blind Dater will win dinner for two at . Stop by Main Library between February 1 and 28. You might get lucky; if not in love then perhaps in literature.

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