Innovation helps to attack more young visitors
Read and exercise at the same time and place! Ukraine opens its first library with a gym. Now everyone can do bench squats and lift weights after reading novels by Jack London and Theodore Dreiser. The library administrators say they hope to attract more youngsters in such a way.
Maria Fedosenko, public library director: "The youth will come. You know, the younger generation has grown not to know what a library is. Hopefully, we will remind them."
Their predictions are right. The young people are actually attending the library now... And they're not the only ones... the library is popular with visitors of any age. The gym here is free to anyone who has a library pass. But people's motives to sign up are different. Some come to find a good book and exercise just for fun. Others, on the contrary, hit the gym first and then read the books to relax.
Olha Yakubovych, public library visitor: "I simply adore the idea. It's difficult for me to visit the gym at home, I have so many tasks and duties. But then I decided, If I come here I should do some sports activity."
Some visitors even come in pairs. While one is exercising, the other is reading books out loud.
Nowadays there are more than 2000 readers registered at the library. The administrators say their number is growing every day. Younger visitors joke, it was simply "not cool" to read books before. Now they want to bring friends and have fun together.