How it works: Students are asked to use the “dating” profile on the heart to decide if they want to take a shot at a date with the mystery book. They were warned that by choosing to date one of these books they were agreeing to write a review of their date. They have to read at least 2-3 chapters before they give up – and must still provide a review for why they didn’t like their date (hence why they gave up on it.)
I finished creating the display before going home Thursday, and Friday morning after only 2 hours the display was practically empty. It was completely empty by 2:00 pm Friday! Now, I just have to wait for the dates to be over and the students’ dating reviews!
I first heard of this display/program on the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) listserv. Then saw this awesome post by librarian Rachel Montgomery, Teen Librarian at the Mooresville Public Library (Indiana) and was truly inspired by (and borrowed) her display’s dating profiles. Since I didn’t have very many of the same titles, I put out a plea to some of my colleagues and Cathy Nelson came through with enough fill in profiles from previous SC Young Adult Book Award Nominee titles that I was able to create the above display. If you want to see more photos of the display, including a close-up of one of the mystery books, you can find them on my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hloy22/