Blind date … by the book

Still looking for a Valentine’s Day date? Try a “Blind Date with a Book.”

The Lihue Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board has arranged the perfect weekend book for teens. Each carefully selected tale is guaranteed to provide hours of pleasure.

The catch? It’s a blind date!

“Library patrons are really enjoying the book display for the Blind Date with a Book,” said Lihue Library Manager Carolyn Larson.

Book covers are disguised with handcrafted covers, so you can’t tell which book will accompany your weekend.

Blind Date With a Book has young adults borrowing chosen books for Valentine’s weekend, but without knowing exactly what stories lie within. Whether your pick turns out to be romance, action, or adventure, you’ll be sure to have a good time, Larson said.

Unlike some blind dates, these tales are free, and fun, and will always be there for you. Remember, this risk-free date is returnable, renewable and re-readable.

“This program is meant to accomplish several things,” said Sierra Hampton-Eng, Lihue Library Young Adult librarian.

The teens that prepared the blind date books analyzed their favorite reads to select books they thought would make good reading dates, she said. There was only a short period of time allotted to the students in this trial run, to create their blind date book covers, but the aim was to allow the kids to think of visual or verbal clues to express the content of their book selections without giving away the titles.

“For teens that do not have a sweetheart or other Valentine’s Day date scheduled, it provides another health activity to look forward to on the special weekend,” Hampton-Eng said. “But perhaps the main intent of the program is to exhibit a new way of interesting and enthusing other teens in reading good books. And we all like having something recommended.”

Larson said they hope to grow the program.

“It’s great to see our young adults sharing their love of books and reading with other teens,” she said.

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