I've never met anyone more cougar-y.”“You know that the men are all going to be over 45, right? “We’re trying to reform her.”* * *On Monday nights, I’m a speed-dating host.
I cover two venues in southeast England for one of the largest dating companies in the country.
The program has also received local news media attention, and has been promoted by nearby neighborhood associations.
For example Shirlington Village and the Park Glen Condominium on Columbia Pike have promoted the event in their neighborhood newsletters.
Prisbrey does Prisbrey admits that the Shirlington Library branch didn’t feel comfortable being involved in that exchange of personal information, so “everyone is on their own” at the end of the event.
Currently advertising for the book dating program takes place via the Arlington County Library website and blog, Twitter, and Facebook.
But Prisbrey has had to experiment with variations on this.
Currently, the way it works is that men and women, men and men, and women and women have all had a chance to “talk books” during three–four minute segments.
(in addition to offering fee tickets provided by Signature theatre).
The “book dating” program at the Shirlington branch library in Arlington County has been drawing a lot of attention lately, due in large part to its novelty.
Single young professionals are invited to bring in a couple of books — whether favorites, disappointments, or yet-to-be-read titles — to be shared during timed, three-minute “book dates” with other single patrons. When asked where the idea for Shirlington’s book dating program came from, Librarian and Program Developer Mary Prisbrey laughs and says, “Although I’d like to say it was my idea, it actually wasn’t. I actually found the idea by Googling.” Prisbrey goes on to explain that she stumbled upon a similar program in Fargo, North Dakota while looking for ways to bring young people into the library.
At a conference in Los Angeles earlier this year, Tinder CEO Sean Rad told press that the app now matches 10 million people every day.
Speed-daters, by contrast, have on any given night around 10 potential matches.
She also explains how they’ll make an announcement to all library patrons just prior to the book dating sessions, in hopes that they’ll gain some additional guys that way.