Librarians across Belgium are putting aside their reading glasses for arrows as they play Cupid. Using candles and romance to lure single readers to the library, they hope it will become the next trend in dating.The idea of speed dating (aka bib dating!) with books has apparently taken off in the UK too in both libraries and bookshops.
Dubbing it 'bib-dating' in Dutch - literally, library dating - they hope to draw more people to books by appealing to their hearts - while giving singles a new place to find love.
"Basically it's speed-dating, but in a new setting - with books," said librarian Eric Van der Straeten.
He and fellow librarian Danny Theuwis are hoping their idea will blow the dust off stereotypes of libraries as stuffy and suffocating.
Theuwis experimented with the dating idea three years ago, combining 14 single bookworms - most between 18 and 35 years old - with novels.
"I got some flowers for the tables, got some candles and gave those who came a glass of red wine," Theuwis said.
The informal setting and two people huddling to discuss their favorite books was all that was needed to break the ice and let relationships blossom, he said.
Wouldn't it be fun to try it out here?