Blind Date with a Graphic Novel

One of my absolute favorite book displays is Blind Date with a Book. It’s not because I love Valentine’s Day, but because when you read a new book, it’s a new discovery. Especially if you pick a genre or form people are hesitant to explore without a little push.

Plus, utilizing those subjects, keywords, and summaries in your catalog records is a great way to show your cataloger how much you appreciate their hard work 😉

To execute Blind Date with a Book, you’ll need the following: brown paper bags, a sharpie, books to wrap, and stickers if you want to get fancy. What I do is wrap each book, write the barcode number on the back and my keyword or phrases on the front. When patrons look at the display, they should leave the item wrapped (this is very important!) and select an item based on the keywords. Because the barcode number is on the back, the circulation staff can just check them out, and patrons can unwrap a good book when they get home.

And I’ve got some great titles if you want to do a last minute Blind Date with a Graphic Novel display. Feel free to copy my keyword selections if you like and share your display in the comments or on Twitter @librnwithissues.

Love Once Lost
Female Restaurateurs
Short distance time travel
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Everlasting Love
Characters of Folklore
Contemporary Setting
Fables by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham

Overbearing mother
Teenage angst
Superheroes
Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie

Classic characters
Modern retelling
Cheeseburgers
Archie by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples

Middle school romance
Musical productions
Embarrassment
Drama by Raina Telgemeier

1940s Time Capsule
Pulp romance
Pre and Post Comics Code
Young Romance by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

Swashbuckling
For all ages
Sex roles/Feminism
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin

Interracial marriage
Soldiers in wartime
Family
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Time Travel
End of the world
Explorers
Trillium by Jeff Lemire, Jose Villarrubia, Carlos M. Mangual

Summer camps
Lesbians
Biographical
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Regency era
Courtship
Social Classes
Pride & Prejudice by Nancy Butler, Hugo Petrus, Jane Austen

Scientific family
Superheroes
Danger
Fantastic Four: Solve Everything by Jonathan Hickman, Neil Edwards, Dale Eaglesham

Other titles you could include: Harley Quinn, Batwoman, Spider-Man Blue, Sex Criminals, X-Men, and so many more. There is a good variety for all readers and notions towards Valentine’s Day.

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