) connections at your branch in a fun, inclusive, and diverse setting.Outcomes: – What is speed dating, why it’s popular, and why libraries can be a place for people to find love while preserving a literary connection.While libraries are so much more than the physical books on our shelves, those books play a critical role in the services we provide to patrons.Which is why, for many of us, half the fun of ALA Annual Conference is hearing about what is new and upcoming from our favorite authors.Not everyone meets a mysterious writer who moves to the city. Everyone is talking about books they’ve read, books they’re reading, and books they’d like to read. No questionnaire, no profile, and no photo(shop) required. In reality, meeting people can be daunting, and finding love can be difficult. Every person in this room is also (conveniently) single and looking. When you arrive at the event, you’ll receive a temporary email address and a literary alias for the evening (it's up to you whether you'd like to give your real name to anyone during the event).
Finding the right read for your book club can feel a little bit like dating sometimes.Throughout the evening you’ll have a chance to nibble on some light refreshments, and when the event starts, you’ll have five minutes to chat with each person in the room before partnering with someone new. At the end of the night, you can exchange your email with potential dates. Catherine Linka’s features a present-day alternate American history in which the main character, Avie, is sold as a teenage bride.Linka said she wanted to explore the issues and rules of some developing nations against the backdrop of America.I hear from 20/30s all the time that they struggle to find new friends in the area. By the end I had 29 attendees in their 20s and 30s at the program!