(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) — A library came up with a creative way to encourage literacy lovers to pick up a book.
Virginia Beach Public Library’s information specialist Brittney Ash remixed Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 hit single “Baby Got Back” in a display inside the library.
Instead of the rapper’s lyrics, “I like big butts and I cannot lie,” the library display read: “I like big books and I cannot lie. You other readers can’t deny.”
After posting a photo of the display on its Facebook page, it’s gone viral with more than 2,000 people sharing it.
Christine Brantley, the library’s community relations and development manager, told ABC News that Ash creates displays to “infuse some fun into the library.”
“We use displays primarily to promote our library collections and to help people find things that they may not see when they’re on their regular shelf,” she added.
For example, the “big book” display featured extremely lengthy and oversized books.
Brantley said although it’s the first time a photo from the library has gone viral, it’s not the first time that Ash has created displays that wowed and promoted the library’s more than 800,000 books.
Ash created a display in honor of “Shark Week,” featuring books about the ocean and sharks, another display celebrating “Banned Books Week,” and yet another unique display — a cozy igloo where people can read — made entirely from recycled milk cartons.
“We hope that people see the displays being shared around on social media and maybe if they haven’t been in their local library for a while, it’ll motivate them to go in,” Brantley said.
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