Welcome to the new look!. That cat is slick, if I do say so myself. Okay, back to business.
The topic is a library offering pole-dancing lessons to draw people in, but the comment really isn’t fair. This is a library in Scotland, Kind Reader, and I’m sure Scottish librarians are significantly different from their American cousins.
I have a feeling if the ALA conferences had pole-dancing lessons on the exhibit floor, plenty of librarians would try them, and the result wouldn’t be pretty, although the Cognotes coverage could be amusing.
There seems to be some confusion. The local “Cabinet member for public services and leisure” (they have such great titles over there) calls the pole dancing lesson a “pole fitness session,” which would come as a surprise to that woman in the photo. She doesn’t look like she’s got her exercise clothes on. And if all goes right, she’ll have nothing on at all by the end of the “session.”
This is supposed to bring more people into the library, and it will probably succeed. First, they’ll be able to bring in more strippers, which will class up the place a lot. Then it’ll bring in the sort of creeps who go watch strippers, which will class it up even more.
I was about to say everyone else would run screaming, but I forgot about the contingent that wants to become strippers.
No, you might say, it doesn’t necessarily have to do with strippers. If not, then why is the class not available for those under 17? Exactly.
For all I know the economy is terrible there, so I guess it’s good for young women to learn some job skills. This class could be the start of a whole new life for them.
This would probably fit in with my old idea of Library Spa 2.0. It’s the culmination of the drive to make libraries everything to everyone, which is great except for the people who need libraries. Massages, manicures, pole-dancing classes, the list is endless.
The pole dancing might alleviate the need for so much Internet porn in the library as well. Just set up the guys who would be massaging themselves while viewing porn and set them up in front of the pole dancers. Maybe the library could supply some fake dollars or pounds for them to stick in the dancers waistbands.
Something tells me a man thought up this idea. Since I can’t imagine this class is going to attract a lot of men (except to watch), it would be nice to have something either less sexist, or else the equivalent. A Full Monty dancing class for men might be just the thing. That book ping pong game just isn’t enough.
And here I thought American libraries led the world in tasteless library advertising.