26 Facts about Libraries

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We love libraries! Borrowing a book is one of life's great pleasures, and a great way to get kids to develop a love for reading. John Green writes books, and he once worked for a library association. So who better to bring us a lot of trivia and stories about libraries? That's what you'll get in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.  

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Funny how terms spread around to mean so many other things. The local school moved the library, the student radio station, and the computers into one big room and call it the Media Center. When kids go to get a book, they still call it the library. If they go use a computer, they call it the Media Center. Meanwhile, the public library has a section inside called the Media Center, where they keep computers and TVs. So one is a Media Center with a library inside, and the other is a library with a media center inside.

My computer is a "media center" itself, and it has a section called the library, where the Kindle books are kept. Meanwhile, those big pieces of living room furniture where you put your TV, home video player, Xbox, and possibly a stereo, plus your DVDs or whatever, is sometimes called a "media center." We used to call them TV cabinets.
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