The other day the Pratt boasted on Twitter that a star from "The Wire" had just been photographed for the institution's "Get Carded" program. Perhaps some "Wire"-ness rubbed off.
The library is only the latest to notice "Bookshops," a rap by Annabelle Quezada that's been circulating online for about a week now, racking up more than 345,000 hits on YouTube and quite a bit of praise. Some are even calling it a "nerd anthem."
In it, two young women rap about how much they love to read and how cool it is. Here are a few lines:
"You ball so hard? OK you're bowling. I read so hard I'm JK Rolling."
Read so hard, I memorize, The Iliad...I know lines Watch me spit, classic lit, epic poems that don't rhyme War and Peace, piece of cake, read Tolstoy in 3 days Straight through, no delays Didn't miss a word. Not one phrase
Encina isn't worried about turning anyone off with the salty language either. In fact, he hopes some 20-somethings see the Pratt tweeting about "b*tches" and decide to stop by and check out some books.
"It's part of our way of showing that we're not your stereotypical libarary," he said. "I'd say we're not your grandma's library but she's always welcome too."