COLUMN: Blind date with a book

Each book is wrapped in brown paper, eliminating the chance to judge it by its cover

As long as the snow continues to linger and there is a still a nip in the air, all I want to do is cozy up on my couch with my slippers and a blanket and read a good book.

But when it comes to reading material, I tend to stick within my favourite genre of non-fiction humour/essays and biographies.

At times, I feel like I have a never-ending list of books I want to read, and at other times, I feel like I have a bad case of reader’s block.

One of my goals this year is to start reading books outside of my comfort zone and discover new genres that I can engross myself in.

If you want to add some excitement and surprise into your reading materials like I do, I suggest checking out the Blind Date with a Book display at the library.

Each book is wrapped in brown paper, eliminating the chance to judge it by its cover. A short description is written on the front to give a hint as to what lies within.

Often we get stuck in a particular style or genre of book and it is hard to explore anything else.

By going on a “date” with one of our books, you might choose a book that you would have never given a chance before.

Participating in the Blind Date with a Book event is simple. Just come to the library, choose a book that intrigues you and once you get it home, unwrap the book.

Inside the book, you will find a comment card, where you can record your first impression of the book.

Then the next step is to start reading!

Once you have finished the book, fill out the rest of the comment card and bring it back to the library to be entered in a draw for some great prizes including a movie night for two at the theatre in Penticton.

You can continue “dating” books and entering to win up until March 23.

We have a plethora of different books ready to be set up on a date with you. They include contemporary mysteries, gritty true crimes, endearing graphic novels and so much more.

Maybe you will find your one true match, or at least discover something new and exciting!

If you discover a new favourite genre, let one of librarians at the front desk know and they can help you find your next good read.

Kayley Robb is an assistant community librarian at the Summerland library and she plans on dating as many books as she can this year.

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