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Library Offers Pole Dancing to Attract Visitors

LibraryWould you be more inclined to go to your local library if it offered pole dancing classes? Well, apparently people in Scotland are!

According to The Huffington Post, one local library is offering the class on “Love Your Library Day” and are calling it “pole fitness.” Why? Well, the library officials hope it will attract more customers. That’s one way of doing it!

But it does seem to be part of a trend of libraries offering very un-library-like things just to get people to walk through the doors. Some have opened bookstores within the libraries. Others are offering bookless libraries. In other words, they’re more like media centers that act as supplements to libraries.

I understand that libraries need to keep up with the times and continue to serve the people, especially if they want to keep receiving funding from the government. But on some level, I’ve got to wonder — can’t we just let libraries be libraries?

What do you guys think? Would YOU sign up for a pole dancing class at your local library?

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The State of School Libraries

I remember the first time I visited my school library and was told by the librarian “This isn’t a library.”

“What is it, then?” I thought, as I looked around at the bookshelves fully stocked with books and a world of imagination and information.

“It’s a media center.”

At first, I had no idea what that meant. But as I got older and took on more research projects, I learned the true meaning of “media center” and came to appreciate it. The days we were given to do research in the media center were so fun, not only because it meant less lecturing, but  because we learned how to use all these programs I’d never heard of before — like LexisNexis, a large database of public records and information. Not to mention, the librarians — or rather, media center specialists — usually pulled for us the materials we would need.

But as school budgets are slashed and more teachers find themselves unemployed, school libraries and media centers face major cuts — no new books, no full-time staffing, no additional programming. I thought art education cuts were bad enough. Now this?

According to this essay by The Huffington Post, a group made a petition to fight education cuts that would force schools to be without fully operational media centers.

As a lover of learning and the daughter of a high school family and consumer science teacher, I’ll be the first to say how important it is to make sure our schools continue to get sufficient funding, no matter what kind of budget crisis our country faces. Children deserve it.

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