Tattooed librarians of the Ocean State stands as no archaic term, but rather a modern look at librarians in a new 2014 calendar that will be scheduled for an apt release soon by none other than the Rhode Island Library Association. According to MSN this Tuesday, Oct. 15, the look at librarians showing off their ink is meant to defy the old, grey-haired lady librarian stereotype and bring to the forefront a glance at contemporary librarians, complete with youthfulness and, of course, some with tattoos.
Having tattooed librarians of the ocean state as the crux of next year’s big calendar to promote books and reading shows a new kind of ink on the pages, a list of 12 different librarians (including two men and 10 women) that are proudly showing off their tattoos to give society a modern look at the librarians of today and tomorrow, rather than yesteryear. And Rhode Island is bringing it straight from the library.
"It seems to be a lot of the young people entering the profession now have tattoos. It really shows how the profession is changing. It's not your stereotypically little old gray lady with a bun anymore," said Colleen LeComte, 31, in a statement. LeComte works in the Newport and Portsmouth public libraries.
LeComte stars as the feature librarian in the May month issue of “Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State,” which is in fact the title of this 2014 book lovers’ calendar. Her photo shows her revealing fans a glimpse of the ruby slipper tattoo she has inked onto one of her ankles, and the image of her actually wearing a pair of ruby red slippers and reading the great “The Wizard of Oz” is certain to turn some heads.
It is said that the new calendar is also meant to be defying stereotypes and challenging how people see these keepers of the library. Although this trendy tattooed calendar this 2014 may sound like it’s really breaking some ground, “Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State” isn’t just for Rhode Island, as librarians in Texas have allegedly also made a comparable calendar.
“The library association is a nonprofit that serves and advocates for libraries and librarians and promotes the profession, said Jenifer Bond, president of the group and a librarian at Bryant University. She said the calendar is a way to remind people of the importance of libraries at a time when many communities across the state have cut or frozen their libraries' budgets. It's also a way to attract younger people to the profession and spread the word that cool people work in libraries.”
"We're trying to give a voice to the up-and-coming generation of librarians," Bond affirmed in a statement. "We're not your grandmother's library."
Interested in the modern look at today’s “hottest” inked-up librarians, or at least seeing what books they are reading? The "Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State" calendar costs only $12 and is available on the Rhode Island Library Association’s own website.