That was the all-important question that one Scottish library asked itself. And the answer was no. So what do you do when your library is being forgotten? You put in a pole. Because everyone knows that pole-dancing makes us want to read.
I’ll be honest, most libraries are in need of a make-over, something to spice them up a bit, bring back the masses. But mixing pole-dancing lessons with literature wasn’t quite what I had in mind.
As part of ‘Love Your Library’ day, this Midlothian library had table tennis, xbox, musicians and of all things, head massages. Is this library sounding less like a library and more like a fun-bonanza to anyone else? Not that libraries aren’t fun. There’s nothing cooler than quietly trawling through shelves of books. Because that’s what libraries are for. They’re like an book-orphanage. Not a rumpus room.
The pole fitness session is a fun and interesting way of encouraging more people into our libraries, trying out all the services on offer and ultimately borrowing more books.
I don’t mean to sound harsh. I’m just having trouble wrapping my head around the logic that people who come in to have pole-dancing lessons are going to go pick up a Hemingway after their work-out.
I’d just expect that a library wouldn’t want to trick people in the doors by promising pole-dancing, xbox and table tennis, when that’s not the real point of a library. Maybe I’m being old fashioned and closed minded and not accepting that libraries have to change and grow with our society. But maybe the issue is to make reading more fun, not to make more fun where people read.