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Literary Speed Dating has Arrived at Your Local Library!

May 28, 2015 | Nancy-Anne | Comments (4)

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Sometimes it’s hard to accept our love lives won’t be like the romances in the fictional stories we’ve read.

Not everyone has a childhood friend or a high school sweetheart who conveniently becomes “the one.” Not everyone knows a firefighter who is single and looking. Not everyone meets a mysterious writer who moves to the city.

In reality, meeting people can be daunting, and finding love can be difficult.

Now imagine being in a room. This room is filled with book lovers. Everyone is talking about books they’ve read, books they’re reading, and books they’d like to read. Every person in this room is also (conveniently) single and looking. But who is organizing this event? Your local library, that's who.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Lillian H. Smith branch (located on College St., one block east of Spadina Ave.) will be hosting its first literary speed dating event. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will run for two hours. Participants will be divided into two groups: people who are 20 to 34 and people who are 35 and up. All you have to do is call 416-393-7746 or drop by the branch to register, and then bring your favourite book to the event to discuss with your potential dates. No questionnaire, no profile, and no photo(shop) required.

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). 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.

What are you waiting for?

Take a chance. Make the call. See where this love story may lead you.

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Text by Frances Gao


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