Queenstown Library manager Robyn Robertson (left) and
children's librarian Ann-Marie Wilcox stand with armfuls of
"blind date" books for Wakatipu residents to enjoy. Photo
by James Beech.
Queenstown Library is encouraging Wakatipu residents to
curl up with a mystery book for Valentine's Day.
Librarians have selected 50 books and wrapped them in silver
paper with only the barcode visible, in time for Friday,
Library manager Robyn Robertson said library cardholders were
invited to choose a book and take it home on "a blind date".
Although the selection was bound to contain some romance, the
tomes could be anything from travel, art, poetry,
thought-provoking material to a mixture of fiction and
"They're ones the librarians were passionate about, ones they
really enjoyed, or new ones that are particularly appealing,"
Mrs Robertson said.
"It's a broad range.
It's pretty much every section in the library and it's not
just aimed at women."
The initiative had been adopted by other New Zealand
libraries, particularly in the North Island, but this was
Queenstown's first time.
"It's a fun way of encouraging people to read things they
normally wouldn't," Mrs Robertson said.
"If people want to write a review of the books they've read,
we're more than happy to post them on the website."