A chalkboard label reads “Blind Date with a Book” upon the front part of a bookshelf. Multiple books covered in parchment paper with a few select words written on the outside, giving clue about what the book is about. Finished off with cute little red ribbon, customers can choose which book might interest them the most and purchase the book.
A “Blind Date” with a Book is a hand wrapped book, carefully curated from a wide range of popular genres and tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside. This curated collection includes everything from mystery, romance, classics, horror, adventure, science fiction to young adult.
Without any knowledge about the title or what the cover art looks like, the distributor’s motive is to ensure that the readers enjoy the contents of a great book without passing upon a book with a displeasing cover.
The process begins with a visit to BookBug, an independent bookstore for all ages.
Local bookstores don’t come much more charming than this gem. Bookbug used to be a solely children’s bookstore but has expanded to appeal to all ages and include some great non-book gifts as well (they have a super selection of refrigerator poetry magnets, for example, so I grabbed the “geek” set for a friend’s birthday, have a lovely section of book-related T-shirts that was hanging outside on my recent sunny-day visit, and they have a small section for record albums and a few other gift areas).
Within the independent bookstore in Kalamazoo, Book Bug organizes their bookshelves by genre like most bookstores but what sets them apart from others is the little notes left by particular books. These signs have a little synopsis of the book and why it might be an interesting read.
This helps readers to search quickly for materials they may need and for books that they contemplated reading and were unsure before.
The children’s and young adults book selections comprise nearly half of the store, and their reading nook for kids is a place for children’s imagination to take over. There a large fort in the back corner of the building with actual books for roof shingles.
The store hosts a slew of readings and has author visits upcoming for all ages and interests, which is such a blessing for the Kalamazoo community. Bookbug also boasts a sunny and helpful staff who are willing to special order any title for their clients.