Speed dating with books

The first rule of Book Club is: you do not talk about Book Club.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.(I deliberately chose books I had several of copies of that I hid on a cart- so that if they were checked out I didn't have to do all the work over again - pop in the next copy!I wrote a fun, silly, cheezy, (you've met me, right?You arrive, bringing with you the book you are currently reading (you have to have started it).The format will be similar to our normal speed dating events but the idea behind literary speed dating is that everyone discusses the books they are reading and why they like them.So here is what I did: : Decide how you want the tables set up. I put 10-15 books on each table to represent that genre. I also set up a Power Point with the directions for the minutes. As they came in, they noticed the signs and books, and I could already tell they were picking their genres, even though I hadn't said a word about what we were doing. The romance section was particularly popular, even with the boys, so I added some "non-pink" romances to that table for the boys.

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.So, I've been inspired lately by a lot of amazing teacher librarians who have written about doing this lesson or some kind of variation (resource links below) and though they sounded awesome, they were too much work. Think Chuck Woolery cheezy love connection with a dash of Marvin Gaye! Take a book cart and shop for some hot books around your library media center.Decorations, tablecloths, candles, writing activities, dating profiles on Good Reads, Shelfari, Libary Thing, or Shelfari -- so being naturally enthusiasticaly indolent, I wanted to find a quick & dirty way to get kids looking at books, checking out books, and moving around the library. That's right, be deeply shallow and choose books that have the most attractive covers, are hot popular, and just plain fun.) tongue-in-cheek script with the directions for this activity set to the INSTRUMENTAL version of Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye, set the Love Time Bomb for 1 or 2 min and Booya!Sometimes I read the script live with the Marvin Gaye track going on in the background & and sometimes I play the recording and pantomime the directions in a goofball exaggerated way! LOL) I recorded the script & activity directions on Vocaroo - a fun, free, easy voice recording site that requires no sign-up and gives links, embed code, and a QR Code! You can also download the MP3 to play in your i Tunes!