Sunday, September 26, 2010

A library is a library is a …

A library is a place in which literary and artistic materials, such as books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, prints, records, and tapes, are kept for reading, reference, or lending [1]. You may want to add binders, photographs, drawings, stamps and miscellaneous other items embodying informative, memorable or related value. Such a library can be institutional or private or, as J. R. Moeringer illustrates, of yet another kind—at least in Las Vegas [2]. He saw a billboard for that particular library along the highway. Which library is advertising itself on a billboard? It turned out, this Sin City library was/is a strip club, with dancers dressed like wanton priestesses of the Dewey Decimal System. Good luck, bookworm!

Think twice the next time when you are telling somebody that you are off to the library!

[2] J. R. Moehringer: Winner Take All. Smithsonian October 2010, Volume 41, Number 6, pp. 14-20. Las Vegas: An American Paradox.

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