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
Short distance time travel
Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Characters of Folklore
Fables by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
Archie by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples
Middle school romance
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
1940s Time Capsule
Pre and Post Comics Code
Young Romance by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
For all ages
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin
Soldiers in wartime
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
End of the world
Trillium by Jeff Lemire, Jose Villarrubia, Carlos M. Mangual
Pride & Prejudice by Nancy Butler, Hugo Petrus, Jane Austen
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.