The Book Club's "Last Night a Speed Date Changed My Life" may not have radically transformed this lovelorn Londonista's world - there were a few sparks but no earth-shattering moments of romantic revelation - but it successfully Changed My Attitude to speed dating.
It was not uncommon in the early days of speed dating to find the female daters clustered together in the loos, bonding over a shared despair at the lack of social graces displayed by their male counterparts.
Soon after the doors opened, eager readers were lined up to attend a program to talk about books. It soon became clear that we were going to exceed our attendance goal for the evening.
We sprang into action, getting extra chairs and announcing the need to snuggle close and make room for our new bookish friends, all the while grinning at the success of this beautiful monster of a program.
I've wanted to try it out for awhile now, and I finally went for it last week.
I wanted to use a smaller "test" group before trying this with a class of 35 eighth graders, so I tried it with our resource reading classes first.
In the end, we hosted a night dedicated to learning about the best in book-club reads that was attended by 100 people, each of whom left the event basking in the glow of a thriving reading community.
Our first Book Club Speed Dating event, in April 2016, was held in the library auditorium, replete with snacks, “mocktails,” decorations, and advanced reader copies (ARCs) tied up in ribbons on the tables as a thank-you for attending.
The second rule of Book Club is: you DO NOT talk about Book Club. We'll invite people to a central London bar and hire a private area.We hope small format change will allow you to scratch under the surface get a better understanding what makes people tick.Attendees will still have access to our online matching and messaging system after the event but we hope this slight twist will add another element to our ever popular speed dating format.And the venues - most often than not sleazy West End chain bars - were only conducive to romance after imbibing an unhealthy number of discounted spirits.The Book Club's monthly speed dating evening was an altogether different affair.