Library lets kids ‘pimp’ book carts
RACINE, Wis. ” Bookworms, rejoice. You too can have a cool MTV ride ” for your books.
As a fresh way to reach young people, the local library has offered teens a chance to give a little flash to the carts that move books around.
It’s called the “Pimp My Cart” program.
Brittney Putzer, 13, who joined about a dozen teens and preteens during the weekend event, said working on the old carts at the Racine Public Library was better than “sitting at home doing nothing.”
It’s a spin on the popular MTV show “Pimp My Ride,” where average cars are given new parts and features for a flashier look.
All the library carts got new names. One called “Road Kill” was selected as the best design. It had old parts from a Honda motorcycle and wheels that once adorned a Camaro.
There were a few complaints that the library used the word “pimp” in promotional materials, said Anne Callaghan, the organizer and the children’s services librarian.
“I don’t think you should use an old dictionary to try to defend a modern meaning of a word,” said Callaghan. “Language changes over time.”
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