Yes, it happened: Speed dating came to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois. But it was not exactly what you think. Ten book-loving students offered six-minute presentations on a variety of remarkable books and/or manuscripts. Each of them discovered and researched a rarity that “spoke to them,” or perhaps we should say a book “that made their spines tingle.” Guests were invited to wander from treasure to treasure every six minutes. After "speed dating" an amazing book, newly enlightened book friends were encouraged to socialize while enjoying refreshments and heart-shaped pizza.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at University of Illinois tried a spin on "book speed-dating."