"Blind Date with a Book" a Hit with Students

by Natalia Kirychuk, Public Relations Writer

The Centennial Library at Cedarville University is running its fifth annual “Blind Date with a Book” through March 3. The program helps students enhance their reading, while providing feedback on their book selections.

“The goal of ‘Blind Date with a Book’ is to increase student awareness of the variety of books, especially fiction, offered at the library,” said Sharon Kerestes, the curriculum materials center librarian who runs the program. “The program broadens students’ horizons by helping them read books they wouldn’t normally choose.”

Since 2014, 404 books have been checked out as part of the program. Each book is wrapped so the student doesn’t know its title. The suspense has created great memories for the students who participate, but it also gives the library staff information.  
An anonymous “rate your book” comment card is included with each book.  Students responses help guide the library’s future book purchases.

"I loved reading this book — it was so beautiful,” said Lindsay Schell, a junior forensic science student from Waterloo, New York, after reading the book “For Such a Time.” “I appreciate the library doing special events like this to encourage a love for the written word.”

“I really enjoy this event. It gives me a chance to read books I wouldn't normally read,” said Hannah Crane, a junior nursing student from Richmond, Indiana, after reading the book “Shiver.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.