Feb. 5, 2018 - For the fifth year in a row, Siuslaw Public Library will celebrate Valentine's Day the entire month of February by offering blind dates with books.
The Library invites the public spend time with a delightful new author or explore a genre different from your usual selections. Perhaps the surprise date will even be a mystery or, better yet, a romance. Or the date might be a fascinating historical or literary fiction selection, a spell-binding young adult novel, or an engrossing biography. And, best of all, patrons are not limited to one date during the month.
Patrons may arrange for as many blind dates during the month as they can possibly fit into their schedule.
Make every night in February date night and win prizes, too.
Here’s how it works: Patrons visit the Library and select one wrapped book per visit from the Blind Date bookshelf. They check out the book, arrive home and unwrap their date.
Whey they’re finished reading the book, they fill out the evaluation form — your prize entry — and bring it to the library. All entry forms will be included in weekly drawings for fun prizes.
Patrons can pick up a new date when they drop off their form.
Dates will be available now through Feb. 28. Entry forms will be accepted through March 15.
The idea behind “Blind Date with a Book” is to open up new worlds to library patrons, expand reading horizons and maybe even beat back the late winter doldrums.
Kevin Mittge, Adult Services Librarian who designed the popular program, is looking forward to February.
“What I like about the “Blind Date with a Book” program is that it gives people a chance to read outside their comfort zone, if they are interested in exploring new authors or topics or genres,” he said. “So, take a chance — read a book that you wouldn’t otherwise pick up — and submit your short book review as an entry form for some great prizes.”
Over 150 dates were arranged and evaluated last year.
Drop by the library during the month of February to add some variety to your reading list by checking out one of the library’s “blind dates.
Surprises and prizes await all participants.
For more information about the program, visit the Siuslaw Public Library in person, call 541-997-3132, or visit www. siuslawlibrary.info.