Virginia Library Remixed Sir Mix-a-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' to Encourage People to Read

The display, created by Brittney Ash of Virginia Beach Public Library, is viral.

ByJoi-marie Mckenzie
June 11, 2016, 1:51 PM
PHOTO: This display inside the Virginia Beach Public Library has gone viral on Facebook.
This display inside the Virginia Beach Public Library has gone viral on Facebook.
Courtesy Virginia Beach Public Library

— -- 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.

PHOTO: Brittney Ash, of the Virginia Beach Public Library, created a timely display to celebrate "Shark Week."
Brittney Ash, of the Virginia Beach Public Library, created a timely display to celebrate "Shark Week."
Courtesy Virginia Beach Public Library

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.

PHOTO: Brittney Ash created this display for "Banned Books Week" in 2015.
Brittney Ash created this display for "Banned Books Week" in 2015.
Courtesy Virginia Beach Public Library

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.

PHOTO: Brittney Ash, of the Virginia Beach Public Library, used recycled milk cartons to create a display, encouraging people to read.
Brittney Ash, of the Virginia Beach Public Library, used recycled milk cartons to create a display, encouraging people to read.
Courtesy Virginia Beach Public Library

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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