The Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State 2014 calendar, produced by the Rhode Island Library Association, shows a different, shall we say more risqué side of the keepers of the Dewey Decimal system. These inked up chicks are not your parents’ librarians. You won’t find any long skirt, frumpy blouse-wearing old ladies with hair pulled up in a bun as tight as a softball here.
The Rhode Island Library Association said the following about their upcoming calendar:
“Libraries are unique as they simultaneously foster the preservation of histories and traditions, while fighting censorship and fostering cutting-edge learning environments. Likewise, tattoos can also represent the preservation of history and resistance of the norm. The twelve librarians and library workers featured in this calendar represent just a few of the many working professionals who are proud of their career, their ink, and the stories they tell.”
Colleen LeComte, who works at one of Rhode Island’s libraries, supports the initiative, although she didn’t have any tattoos to show off.
“It seems to be a lot of the young people entering the profession now have tattoos. It really shows how the profession is changing,” LeComte said. “It’s not your stereotypically little old gray lady with a bun anymore.”
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the library association.
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