I did a Blind Date with a Book display in April, it went over really well. I was pleased. The books were wrapped and had a few key words on the cover, to give a sense of the book, without giving too much away. 31 of the 47 books circulating in just over three weeks. The books were marked as “unavailable” in Polaris, so they needed to be checked in before they were checked out, but patrons and circ staff were fine with the slightly added check out time.
People I spoke with generally seemed to enjoy the idea, even if they did not check out a book off the display. Strictly in an observational sense, many people stopped and looked at the display.
Total time spent on the display from set up to take down was about 6 hours, so it was time consuming. Two quick things could make this faster; the first would be to pre-select the books (which I did not do, I just pulled shiny looking books and some of my favorites) and have a page pull them, and the second would be to enlist volunteers to wrap the materials.