SFPL Hosts Literary Speed Dating

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Jeffers

(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

January 5, 2011


In honor of Valentine’s Day, San Francisco Public Library hosts its first-ever Literary Speed Dating events in February 2011. Participants should bring a book they loved, hated or just want to talk about, as an ice breaker for the speed dating.

Literary Speed Dating will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, for the straight community and Wednesday, Feb. 2, for the LGBT community, at the San Francisco Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room B, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. The events will both begin with mingle time and light refreshments at 5:45 p.m., speed dating at 6 p.m., and end at 7:45 p.m.

The events are for adults in their 20s and 30s. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required. Gender-balanced groups will be created for each event. Events will be limited to 36 participants; 18 of each gender, but if more are interested the Library will start gender-specific waiting lists.

Windows of 4-5 minutes will be given for couples to briefly get to know one another; when time is up participants rotate to the next person. Participants will meet potential dates and friends anonymously. Each person will be given a number which they will use as identification. When matches are made, names and contact information will be given out later, after the event.

The Library encourages participants to arrive early because of the nature of these events; "no-shows" or those who arrive late will forfeit their place on the registration list to those on the wait-lists who are present. Please contact ddrummond@sfpl.org or come in-person to the Business Science and Technology Center reference desk on the 4th floor of the Main Library to sign up.

Prefer online dating? The Library is hosting a hands-on workshop, How to Write a Dynamic Online Dating Profile, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:15 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. This workshop, led by English teacher and writer Carol Renee, will explain how to compose a compelling username, a clever headline and a unique profile that captures an individual’s true personality. Get ready to become an online love magnet.

Take our survey