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April 12, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Bailey Library offers students 'Blind Date' - with a book

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Bailey Library will launch a oneday "Blind Date with a Book" project for April 15 as part of National Library Week.

The program will run 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We have pulled bestsellers from our Reading Room and paper-covered them in anonymous plain brown wrappers. Patrons will not be able to 'judge a book by its cover' and will have rely on a personal ad on the front of the wrapper to help them decide if they want to read it or not. There will be enough there to piqué a reader's interest," said Ellen Pontius, library assistant and project coordinator.

The books will be available for normal check out from the first-floor Circulation Desk.

"Patrons can unwrap their book anytime after check out. We are including a 'Rate your book' slip in each book, so even if they are disappointed in their 'date,' they can complete the slip and use it to enter the prize drawing for a Bailey Library coffee mug," she said.

"We want to bring an element of mystery and surprise to our readers and possibly help them break out of a literature rut. It's easy to get stuck in one genre or gendered point of view. This event will help break the initial impulse to stick with what they have always chosen and branch out to new authors, maybe move from fiction to non-fiction, or different genres... and, maybe, just maybe fall in love with literature all over again," Pontius said.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.