The Genre Dating Game

<span style=”font-style:inherit;line-height:1.625″>I wish that I could tell you where on earth this idea came from, but I had it suddenly and it came together <em>very</em> quickly. &nbsp;I’m truly hoping that people interact with it (both young adults and adults since we point out that you can choose <em>any</em> books in the library, not just the displayed books).</span>

Behold:&nbsp;<em>The Genre Dating Game!</em>

<img class=”wp-image-1430 aligncenter” title=”It’s The Genre Dating Game! Hopefully people will try new genres and fall in love.” src=”″ alt=”Three sets of different genre books: Mystery, Romance, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy make up this simple and fun interactive library display.” width=”584″ height=”506″>

Before I go much further, I have to thank Michael at the Main Library for compiling all of the books – it saved me a huge amount of time. &nbsp;He also made very thoughtful and diverse selections that I truly appreciate.

The game and display are pretty straightforward. &nbsp;The patron picks a number (1-3) out of the yellow bowl. &nbsp;Each number corresponds to a “book bachelor”: Mystery, Romance, or Sci-fi/Fantasy. &nbsp;The player must choose a book from that genre to check out and “take on a date.” &nbsp;That’s it!

<img class=”wp-image-1435 aligncenter” title=”A closeup on one of the &quot;book bachelor&quot; signs. Each sign hangs above a set of their respective genre.” src=”″ alt=”Silly &quot;book bachelor&quot; signs both highlight each genre while evoking The Dating Game.” width=”584″ height=”961″>

Here are some of the printables for you to use (click on the first two images below to get a ledger-sized jpeg for your own use – the other two are letter-sized pdfs).

<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-3912 size-full” src=”” alt=”Fun riff on The Dating Game’s logo: The Genre Dating Game for libraries! |” width=”700″ height=”486″></a>

<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=”size-full wp-image-1432 aligncenter” title=”A set of numbers with colors that match the sign. It’s be easy enough to make your own if you don’t want to print this off.” src=”” alt=”Two sets of 1, 2, and 3 on ledger-sized paper for you to print off for yourself.” width=”498″ height=”466″></a>

<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=”wp-image-1462 aligncenter” title=”A simple letter-sized sign for you to use if you’d like.” src=”” alt=”A simple how-to-play the game sign for you to use if you’d like.” width=”584″ height=”416″></a>

<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img class=”wp-image-1461 aligncenter” title=”This is a two-page pdf for you to print double-sided like we did in order to hang them. Otherwise just print one page and you’re good to go!” src=”” alt=”The three &quot;Book Bachelors&quot; that we have featured for our Genre Dating Game.” width=”580″ height=”745″></a>

<span style=”font-style:inherit;line-height:1.625″>Feel free to make your own version&nbsp;or want to adjust what I’ve done. &nbsp;I used <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>this font</a> from <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Dafont</a>.</span>

The “bachelor descriptions” being suspended from the ceiling was a last-minute decision. &nbsp;We haven’t really done anything quite like that and I thought it’d be eye-catching as well as give easier access to the displayed books. &nbsp;Plus they’re really eye-catching since they’re in a drafty part of the library, and therefore nicely twirl.

Elevating the&nbsp;<em>Genre Game&nbsp;</em>sign was also last minute and I <i>will&nbsp;</i>be changing it. &nbsp;Initially the sign was up with the “how to play,” but I felt it blocked the books too much. I tried stacking some mass market books from our ongoing book sale and then wrapping them in a plastic yellow tablecloth. &nbsp;Um, yeah, I don’t like the look at all (the left side is okay, it’s the bunchy right-hand side that kills me). &nbsp;I believe that I will either re-wrap them in a groovy scrapbooking paper that I didn’t have handy at the time, or I will just take the sign out of its holder and post it to the wall. &nbsp;I have a feeling it’ll go on the wall.

<strong>Update:</strong> I did adjust it and it looks SOOO much better, don’t ya think?

<img class=”wp-image-1465 aligncenter” title=”This version of the display looks much cleaner and gives us room for more books!” src=”” alt=”This version of the of our Genre Dating Game looks much cleaner and gives us room for more books!” width=”584″ height=”406″>

Speaking of the wall: those flowers were a last-second addition as well. &nbsp;Their true purpose is to hide some ugly screws sticking out of the wall. &nbsp;Originally the screws held up some plaques and pictures commemorating the library’s history. &nbsp;I can’t remember why we took them down, but they proved to be impossible to get back up where they belong. &nbsp;There are only three screws, but I added a few extra flowers to help fill the space a bit more.

And there you have it! &nbsp;I’ll be sure to update here on whether or not this proved to be popular and/or how I’d change it if we do it again.

<img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-5924″ src=”″ alt=”The Genre Dating Game: a fun passive program/library display for February/Valentine’s Day |” width=”700″ height=”478″>

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