Does the thought of Valentine’s Day fill you with despair? Do you feel unending sadness when you spot a couple on the street? McCain Library has the solution to your loneliness. Now through February 14th, stop by the library to pick up a mystery book to spend quality time with. The library has a cart of books of all shapes and sizes, individually covered in wrapping paper and decorated with Valentine’s Day stickers. The cart itself is inviting and festive, and includes a box of appropriately themed pencils.
The book is identifiable mainly by the number written on the cover, though each one does include a few hints to help you make your selection. Information includes the genre, the book’s country of origin, and “something about [it]”. The library has all sorts of selections, ranging from fiction to non-fiction, and contemporary to classic. Library employee Destini Valle says “I think that this is a really cute idea. The library’s goal is to help students, academically and recreationally. They want students to take a break and treat themselves.”
When I stopped by to choose my book, I had a hard time picking just one. Everyone loves receiving presents, and tearing the wrapping paper off my book was just as exciting as getting a birthday present. The big reveal was that I had chosen LaRose, by Louise Eldrich, and I can’t wait to start reading! It’s not quite what I expected, but that’s what makes this so much fun. I wouldn’t have picked this up on my own, but thanks to the effort of the library staff, I’m branching out.
It should come as no surprise that these books are going fast, but don’t let that stop you from reading this Wednesday. The library has plenty of other less mysterious titles to choose from, and they have something for everyone. Check out the shelves by the front desk to browse newer titles, including fiction and other popular titles like memoirs. Of course, the library also has classic novels and other more informative titles that are available to checkout for the whole semester. Visit the library as soon as possible to get a date before they’re all gone, and monitor their social media (@mccainlibrary) for more unique events like this one!
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