Love and literature may be in the air at the SDG Library in Alexandria Thursday, June 13, when the branch holds its first Literary Speed Dating event.

“There’s a lack of local dating opportunities for millennials,” says Iris Clark, a Library Services Assistant at the Alexandria library. “Not everyone wants to search online or in bars. This provides a different venue.”

The Literary Speed Dating event is a first for SDG Library. While planning the branch’s event schedule, Clark came across the idea in a book. Clark thought library speed-dating would give millennials—generally, those in their 20s and 30s—a non-threatening option to traditional dating.

Tables will be set up in the library, and participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with other participants. After timed intervals, half the participants will change chairs and start another conversation.

While participants will be encouraged to bring along a favourite book as a conversation starter, they can talk about anything of mutual interest.

“They need not talk about books,” says Clark. A list of possible topics may be provided to help get conversations started.

The speed-dating event is expected to last an hour, depending on the number of participants. Refreshments will be provided by the library, and people are welcome to stay around afterwards.

“We plan it as a low-key, no stress environment,” promises Clark. And one with no expectations.

“People may not find the love of their life,” says Clark, “but at least they could make a new friend.”

Literary Speed Dating is at the SDG Library at 170A MacDonald Blvd in Alexandria on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome and library membership is not necessary. Participants are asked to register in advance by contacting the branch at 613-525-3241.