Scottish library to host pole-dancing class

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In an effort to encourage people to use local libraries, one Scottish council is staging some, uh, creative classes, including a free pole-dancing lesson.

The Herald newspaper reports that Scotland's Midlothian council will be hosting the pole fitness class at the Mayfield Library in Dalkeith, for individuals older than 16 years of age, as part of Love Your Library Day on Feb. 2.

"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," said Bob Constable, the council's cabinet member for public services and leisure.

Other Midlothian libraries will be offering Scottish country dancing classes, an Xbox competition for kids and parents, musical performances, and workshops on novel writing. However, one of the activities that may actually turn off real bibliophiles is "booky table tennis," in which the players will use books instead of paddles.

Do you think this will be an effective to way to encourage people to use the library? What kind of classes, pole-dancing or otherwise, would you like to see offered in your local library? Let us know in the comments section below.