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June 18, 2004 12:25 AM

Broken: Library sign

library-signLogan Ingalls writes:

A friend of mine took this picture in the Bethel Public Library in Bethel, CT. I'd love to say something more about it, but, hey there's nothing much more to say.


Wait. This library has adult videos? Seriously?

Posted by: Luke Reeves at June 18, 2004 01:15 AM

That's unbelievable.

Posted by: kwyjibo at June 18, 2004 08:15 AM

That's gotta be doctored. Nobody is that stupid. And even if they were, the first parent coming through there would alert library staff.

Unless its meant to be a convenience?...

"Go read your book in the chilren's room, mommy and daddy will be right here."

Posted by: Patrick at June 18, 2004 09:40 AM

A lot of libraries have videos/DVDs for lending.

Posted by: JJZ at June 18, 2004 09:56 AM

I'm guessing that "adult videos" is being used in a different sense here... there are movies to rent, but even though they're in the children's rooms, they're not kids' movies... thus "adult".

Posted by: Mark Hurst at June 18, 2004 10:11 AM

I took this picture, and I can assure you that it's real. It's been up for a couple months, and nobody's complained. I went into that room, and didn't see any videos, the movies that are for rent are in another room completely.

Posted by: Chris Matta at June 18, 2004 10:23 AM

It's another case where the creators of the sign are using internal terminology that isn't in synch the intended audiences' terminology.

Posted by: David at June 18, 2004 01:35 PM

Bethel means house of God in Hebrew.

Posted by: Nils Jonsson at July 2, 2004 10:07 AM

In librarian speak, "adult" = "not child". It has no sexual context.

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at July 5, 2004 04:42 PM

I agree with Loren. I was at the Buffalo Public Library a while ago and saw a similar sign about Adult Books. They are merely books meant for adults, not pornography. But I admit, the sign does look a bit funny..

Posted by: Bill at August 11, 2004 03:37 AM

The fact that the word Adult Videos is in a smaller font, like it's hidden doesn't help either, ;)

Posted by: Bill at August 11, 2004 03:38 AM

I work in a library automation software company. I can assure you that when a librarian says "adult videos" or any other "adult" form of media, they mean not juvenile. Though I did have a customer who, when setting up his database, specifically requested to have the word "Adult" removed and replaced with something else (though I can't remember what alternative he chose at this point).

But that doesn't make this sign any less funny!

Odd that the videos aren't even in the room though. But I've been working here for nearly 3 years and still haven't figured out librarians. They're a special breed, that's for sure.

Posted by: Melanie at September 21, 2004 12:48 PM

The sign doesn't say that the adult videos are in the children's room. It just indicates that they're both to the left.

Posted by: Jeremiah at September 27, 2004 10:57 PM

Did this friend point out that this library is in the middle of a huge renovation and is probably shelving adult materials with children's because they're in a tiny temporary space? I honestly don't think the average person would take it to mean pornography.

Posted by: Anne at January 3, 2005 04:57 PM

oh the mishaps that might have happened here. the phrase "mommy what is that man sticking into that lady?" or "what are those to ladies opening their lags for?" oh... that would be quite the story time, and the man and the lady lived happily ever after screwin them selves all the way home.

Posted by: lovin bret at January 22, 2005 11:39 AM

But WHY are the words "adult videos" smaller? =)

Not less important, are they?

Posted by: Tricky at July 15, 2005 02:21 PM

Probably means that they're both to the right. hm..not good placement though.

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