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Read Dating: A chance for love? | Bellevue Library event offers a chance at different social scene | Darcy Brixey

For years my friends and I lived vicariously through our single friend, Tina, who had more dating disasters than anyone. The pinnacle of her dating disasters was the time her boss set her up with another company employee from the IT department. His idea of a romantic dinner consisted of fish sticks, macaroni and cheese (from a box) and cut up apples for dessert. It will come as no surprise they had nothing to talk about.

Who wouldn’t have faked a headache?

There are plenty of ways to connect with someone, but if you are 21 years and older and passionate about reading, you may wish to attend the Read Dating event, hosted by the Bellevue Library and Diane Mapes, author of How To Date In a Post Dating World.

As a participant, you are encouraged to bring a book you loved, or even a book you hated, and discuss it in three minute individual conversations and mingle times.

Amber Slaven, adult services librarian at the Bellevue Library, promises we can expect more events like this in the upcoming year. “The library is excited to get out in the community, meet new people, and be social,” says Slaven.

If Fifty Shades of Grey or How To Hook A Hottie is truly your passion, come prepared to talk about it. If you’ve tried countless times to read The Hobbit, but can’t wrap your head around it, feel free to share that with someone. There are plenty of single readers out there. Why not meet them?

Tina eventually found her special someone. They’ve been married for several years and are happily expecting their second little reader. You may not find that special someone this time around but you will at least come away with a new list of books. And nobody will have to eat fish sticks.

The event will be held Wednesday, February 6, 7-8:30 p.m. at Black Bottle Postern, 919 Bellevue Way NE. Please register for this event on the events page at kcls.org or by calling the Bellevue Library at 425-450-1765.

Darcy Brixey is the teen services librarian at the Bellevue Library. She’d like to tell you she loves to read, but it’s an expectation of the job.

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