Fall in love on a “Blind Book Date”
By: Rickie Mascia, Social Media Specialist
As librarians and book nerds, everyone here at OverDrive loves a good book recommendation. Even more so, we love giving them. There’s something exceptionally special about knowing that you’re about to introduce someone to a new story that will potentially change their life or introduce them to a new perspective. One easy and engaging way to do this is with “Blind Book Date” displays!
“Blind Book Dates” are usually displayed in the library with a curated collection of physical books carefully wrapped in brown paper and a bow with clues written out in permanent marker carfully describing the book inside. The titles are selected from a wide range of genres providing an opportunity for author discovery, an introduction to books readers may have missed, or simply introducing a reader to your favorite book. This year, we decided to host our own “Blind Book Dates” but with ebooks. A “Blind Book Date” display (digital or physical) is a simple way to get readers out of their comfort zone and explore content they normally wouldn’t pick off the shelf. Although it’s a little more difficult to wrap digital titles in brown paper and a bow, we recommend displaying a “Librarian Recommended” list on your library’s digital collection as an alternative, personal way to help your patrons fall in love with new titles and discover authors.
Below is a list of 28 books that were recommended for our “Blind Book Dates:”
Interested in reading our “Blind Book” recommendations? Download Libby to check them out at your local library: meet.libbyapp.com.
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