Once you graduate college, the library is usually not the place you go to get a date.
Except at this library in San Francisco, which regularly organizes speed-dating events.
Librarians say they do it to bring more 20- and 30-somethings into libraries.
Participants say they come because you meet a different kind of person at a library than you do at a bar. Everyone shows up with a favorite book and chats for a few minutes.
But if you're using a favorite book to create a good first impression, you have to be careful about your choice. It sends a quick, blunt message about your compatibility.
Pick an obscure and complicated classic, like Ulysses or To the Lighthouse and you either haven't read it or you're too smart for me. Airport reads -- The DaVinci Code, or anything by James Patterson -- signal that you've got a short attention span and are easily distracted. Pick anything by Kafka and you're just confusing me.
At least one woman in this article agrees:
“One guy brought in Kafka,” said Ms. Bukowski, who wore a quick smile and low-cut sleeveless dress. “I’m like, ‘What are you trying to say about yourself with that?’ ”
But Bukowski still hits it off with the Kafka guy, perhaps proving that, even at a library, your book choice doesn't define you -- it's just a conversation starter.