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Today’s libraries are poles apart

South Library Cake DayLibrarians are always looking for new ways to attract people through our doors, share our wonderful resources and contribute to our communities. For example, South Library (pre-quake) held a Cake Day and everyone was invited to share an enormous chocolate cake. It was a good idea, lots of fun and a great success.

However, Mayfield Library in Dalkeith, Scotland has taken community involvement to a whole new level. They’re holding a Library Day which includes a Pole Dancing class. The Mail has reported that the 90 minute workout is being held for over-16s in the early afternoon and local bands will play while the patrons dance.

Bob Constable, Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for public services and leisure, told the Daily Telegraph that “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.”
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The article appears to have divided librarians in Britain who either agree that the concept is a lot of fun or are outright horrified that libraries have been reduced to becoming yet another place of  entertainment. However, everyone appears to have drawn a line at the idea of using books as bats in a form of library table tennis. The book is a sacred item after all.
As I was walking to work today it crossed my mind that newly reopened South Christchurch Library has a whole lot of poles that are not being fully utilised at present. Hmmm …