Emily Getzschman, the Omaha Public Library’s marketing manager, said the event is one way to bring people to the library who may not have visited in awhile.“(We) try to reconnect them with the library while they’re here, and hopefully they make a love connection too,” she said.The event also shows how the library can be a community space, she said.In reality, meeting people can be daunting, and finding love can be difficult. Every person in this room is also (conveniently) single and looking. When you arrive at the event, you’ll receive a temporary email address and a literary alias for the evening (it's up to you whether you'd like to give your real name to anyone during the event). Throughout the evening you’ll have a chance to nibble on some light refreshments, and when the event starts, you’ll have five minutes to chat with each person in the room before partnering with someone new. At the end of the night, you can exchange your email with potential dates.
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.The event’s organizers try to email contact information for pairs that express interest in each other within a week.Then the couples can decide whether they want to schedule another date.Yolanda White of Omaha goes on a three-minute date during the Omaha Public Library's annual speed dating event at the W. About 80 people attended Sunday's speed dating event, which was for participants 45 and older.Richard Andrews of Omaha goes on a three-minute date during the Omaha Public Library's annual speed dating event Sunday.