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I always carry a book around in the often vain hope that I’ll get around to reading it at some point during the day – and obviously I took one with me to last week’s speed dating evening. Some participants had brought books with them, displaying them as though they were back at school doing 'show and tell'.My tome of choice was Alice Munro's collection of short stories.John Adrian is no stranger to speed dating at the W. Last year some librarians persuaded him to attend the free, Valentine’s Day-inspired event.He had recently gotten divorced and thought speed dating would be a low-stress way to meet new people, especially with the time constraint on each “date.”“It’s very difficult to make a fool out of yourself in three minutes,” he said.Richard Andrews, left, and Gregg Limley were among the 80 daters at the W. “(We) try to reconnect them with the library while they’re here, and hopefully they make a love connection too,” said Emily Getzschman, the library’s marketing manager.

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Andrews said finding a "special someone" would be nice, but he also wants to find friends who share his interests.They sipped mocktails, chatted nervously and kept hands protectively on the books between them.“It gives you an ice breaker right away — ‘What’s your book about?’” said Samantha Hinz, a 24-year-old master’s student in civil engineering who came to the event hoping to find a spark with a fellow book-lover.We sat at low, wooden tables and talked literature for four minutes - to the sound of other punters gently playing ping pong in the background - before it was time to move on to the next bookworm. We used an app (Mixeo) to record any romantic intentions and added book recommendations, too.Thanks, perhaps, to the advert for the event, I’d expected a lot of hipsters with modernist poetry in their pockets.The events see single book-lovers gathering at libraries with a meaningful book tucked under their arm, hoping to find love amongst bookshelves. It’s very isolating at times.”On a rainy Friday evening 64 singles packed into a library basement near College St. They were split into two age groups – ages 20 to 34 and ages 35 and up.