Each “date” lasted three minutes, and participants could expect to finish a few dozen of them before the event was over.If a connection was sparked during a conversation, daters circled “yes” on a sheet of paper to indicate they’d be open to speaking again.He was one of about 200 people signed up for the Omaha Public Library’s eighth annual speed dating event this weekend, including 80 on Sunday.The downtown library hosted speed dating groups for ages 25 to 35 and 35 to 45 Friday evening.Andrews said finding a "special someone" would be nice, but he also wants to find friends who share his interests.
Kenny, a retirement plan administrator, was the last person Trisha spoke with that night.
On Sunday afternoon, the program was held for those 45 to 55 and 56 and older.
Participants sat at long tables based on their age, with women on one side and men on the other.
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.