If you can’t decide what book you want to read next, the staff at Wyandotte’s Bacon Memorial District Library has made it easier for you.
The library is hosting a new program, Blind Date with a Book, throughout February.
Staffers have handpicked some of their most recommended titles and have wrapped the books in brown paper bags.
The covered books have clever slogans written on them, such as "Love Me" and "Stud or Dud?"
A variety of genres are included, including biographies, real crime, fiction and mystery. You won’t know what you’ve picked until you select one and unwrap it to see.
“The whole intention of it is that people get stuck in a rut reading the same thing or the same author,” Reference Librarian Jaclyn Malnar said. “This is a way to help our patrons reach out to try something new to read.”
People are encouraged to take the book home with them, rather than unwrapping it on site and instantly exchanging it if they think it’s a book they won’t like.
“Just like a blind date, you won’t know what you’ve got till you’ve given it a shot,” Malnar said.
But in reality, she said, she knows not all will be a perfect match.
“We’re hoping it’s a book that our patrons will love, but we also know that it might be a dud just like with a real blind date,” Malnar said.
The display will be up throughout February — and just in time for Valentine's Day.
“We found out about it from other libraries and it seems to be going well here from as far as I can tell,” Malnar said. “We had a large response to it on Facebook, which we were surprised about.”
"I recently saw this on Pinterest and was going to stop in this week to see if you guys would be interested in doing it," Emily Brimm wrote. "So happy to see you guys doing this."
"Too much fun, and you can't go wrong with which ever book you get," Liz Bloomfield Green wrote.
While only a select number of books have been chosen, Molnar said, if need be, librarians will keep finding – and wrapping – new books through the end of the month.
The fun isn’t limited to just adults, either.
There are teen books also wrapped and labeled with the specific ages that each are appropriate for.
(While you're at the library, don't forget to also check out the "I Love Lucy" exhibit in honor of Lucille Ball once living in Wyandotte.)