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Shedding Sterotypes, More Librarians Show Us Their Tats

Colleen LeComte, May
Kate Fischer
Colleen LeComte, May

Rachel Axelson, October
Kate Fischer
Rachel Axelson, October

Jennifer Galpern, August
Kate Fischer
Jennifer Galpern, August

Emily Grace Mehrer, September
Kate Fischer
Emily Grace Mehrer, September

Natalie Christine Coolen, June
Kate Fischer
Natalie Christine Coolen, June

Audrey Lamar, March
Kate Fischer
Audrey Lamar, March

Melyssa Lentini, April
Kate Fischer
Melyssa Lentini, April

Jae Pezzullo, January
Kate Fischer
Jae Pezzullo, January

Kelly C. Metzger, December
Kate Fischer
Kelly C. Metzger, December

Stacie M. Parillo, July
Kate Fischer
Stacie M. Parillo, July

Brendan Ryan, February
Kate Fischer
Brendan Ryan, February

Ed Graves, November
Kate Fischer
Ed Graves, November

Is it their love of ink?

There seems to be something about tattoos that appeals to quite a few librarians.

Back in 2009 there was the Texas Library Association's "Tattooed Ladies of TLA" calendar that raised money for libraries damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Last year, the Tattooed Youth Librarians of Massachusetts came out with a calendar of their own featuring their inked-up members.

Now the Rhode Island Library Association is raising money by selling a "2014 Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State" calendar.

The association's president, Jenifer Bond, tells Huff Post Books that:

"When we're out there advocating in the community, people always tell us that they love libraries. Purchasing a calendar is a great way to translate that sense of love into a show of support. RILA is committed to ensuring that libraries remain relevant in the digital age and will be here for our patrons when they need us most. It's a good cause! ... And if this calendar breaks a few stereotypes or sparks some conversations about libraries in the process, then we've done our job."

We've got a slide show of the Rhode Islanders -- 10 women and 2 men. For even more, check out this 2012 post from Mental Floss: "11 Amazing Librarian Tattoos."

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