Blind Date With A Book

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This year, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we turned the children’s area into a Valentine Mailroom. As a part of this set-up we decided to create a blind date with a book display. I helped with this display at the university library that I work at last year and again this year and loved it, so I jumped at the chance to create my own.

I chose to use middle grade books for this display, because it is a little easier to come up with blurbs. When choosing books, I tried to get a wide variety, falling into all different genres. A list of the books I used is below:

  • The Crossover By Kwame Alexander
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing By Judy Blume
  • Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans
  • Flora and Ulysses by Kate Dicamillo
  • I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • The Best Man by Richard Peck
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Masterminds by Gordan Korman
  • Room of Shadows by Ronald Kidd
  • The Underdogs by Mike Lupica
  • As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Who Was Abigail Adams? By True Kelley
  • Who Was Harry Houdini? By Tui T. Sutherland
  • Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Crow by Barbara Wright
  • Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang
  • The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

I wrapped the books in plain brown paper, partly because it’s cheaper and easier to get than fancy wrapping paper, but also because its less gendered. I see blind date with a book displays that are wrapped in these pretty valentine themed wrapping paper, and they look awesome, but I can’t help but thinking that no boy is going to check those out. I wrote out short, one or two sentence blurbs for each book. I wrote them as if the book was talking about itself, because I think that’s fun. I printed them out, and taped them to each book once it was wrapped. I also decided to write the genre on the spine, for those people that know what they like.

The display started out slow, with nothing being taken for a while, so I added more books, putting two per shelf. This gave more choices to the people that did peruse the display, and checkouts started to take off after that. The display is not over yet, but I have high hopes for 75% of the books I wrapped to be checked out.

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