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"It would be a great side benefit," she says, "but I don't have any expectation that oh my God, this will be it." Neither did Ambrose Kwong.

You are carrying a book, one that says something about you.

You're going from table to table, looking for a literary connection or, in the best case scenario, a love match. The VPL tried this out for the first time this winter: a book-club/speed-dating hybrid, where singles rotate around the room, spending four minutes each with about 20 others, all armed with a favourite book (or DVD or CD) to break the ice; something to help fill in those awkward pre-first-date gaps.

According to Statistics Canada, in the 2011 census, women outnumbered men at 52 per cent of the population over the age of 15 in Greater Victoria.

Of the 133,000 single residents, 56 per cent were women.

If you're looking for love and you'd rather cuddle up with a book than belly up to a singles bar, read on.

Picture yourself in a basement room at the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library the night before (or after) Valentine's Day, tables covered with tablecloths, soft rock playing in the background.

"I think I'd still love to be married one day, but I'm kind of letting that go as I get older. Stornebrink has always wanted to try speed dating, but figured she was too old.

She's signed up for the library event to try something new and maybe, just maybe, find love.

The two previous events (one for heterosexual 19- to 35-year-olds and one for gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer bookworms) were wildly popular, so librarians have planned two more events bracketing Valentine's Day (doing it right on the 14th seemed like too much pressure): one for singles aged 35 to 55 and one for the 55 and older set.

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