Men and women are rotated to meet each other over a series of short "dates" usually lasting from three to eight minutes depending on the organization running the event.
At the end of each interval, the organizer rings a bell, clinks a glass, or blows a whistle to signal the participants to move on to the next date.
First invented by a rabbi in the 1990s, our speed dating event will take on the theme of Tu B’av and offer up some light-hearted holiday fun!
Besides, let me make a fool of myself with the cheezy delivery and you can just sit back and roll your eyes with the kiddos. ;-) Laminate some butcher paper book covers with cuts out on the back for bar codes! (I deliberately chose books I had several of copies of that I hid on a cart- so that if they were checked out I didn't have to do all the work over again - pop in the next copy! Switching a lot means that kiddos keep moving, talking, and it creates a sense of urgency. "After a couple turns I'll call out that the first 6 kiddos checking out books will get a scratch and sniff bookmark and then they can go, put up their feet, read their new book and hang out in our READING LOVE LOUNGE. ") To the kiddos: "Don't want to check out a book today? I'm not gonna to force you - I just want you to see what's out there! " LOL I'll then ask the cooperating teacher now to help out with the timer as I scoot over to the circ desk and check out the books. Esp, if I don't have a media asst there or a parent volunteer available- and most times, I don't [sad face]) The last round the kiddos can go anywhere in the library to find that "just right" book and then-- in the space of about 15 min almost every kid has a book & they're all smiles!
I tell the kiddos: "No sitting down - to find true book love, sometimes you have to be quick on your feet & ready to pounce on the right book!
The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.
Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.