Librarians bare skin to raise funds

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Gretchen Hoffmann, foreground, a member of the Texas Library Association, from Austin, Texas, shows off her starfish tattoo during an autographing of photo calendars Wednesday, July 29, 2009, in Austin, Texas. She is one of the women librarians who bared their tattoos in a photo calendar to help raise money for libraries damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Harry Cabluck&#41;</span></div>
July 29, 2009 2:28:08 PM PDT
So much for the stereotype of the stuffy, prim-and-proper librarian: A playful pack of Texas librarians is showing a wild side. Eighteen women who spend their work hours amid books and researchers took time out to bare their skin and reveal to the world their tattoos -- all to raise disaster relief money to help damaged libraries.

Photographs of the women and their body art appear on the pages of a new calendar sold by the Texas Library Association.

Some of the women gathered Wednesday for the release of the calendar.

The "Tattooed Ladies of TLA" calendar is a follow-up to the successful "Men of Texas Libraries" calendar, which raised $9,000 to help libraries damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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