Check It Out: New Calendar Features Librarians' Tattoos

"I'm very proud of my tattoos," she said. "I love them. I don't go out of my way to show them to people, but I don't hide them either. And I'll talk to people about them if they ask me questions. They all have a certain meaning for me."

Reclining With a Ukulele

Kelly, who lives in Denton, added, "I had no idea that we all shared that creativity, that sense of self and that love for family. Body art is very personal, and if you have the calendar, you'll see that connection."

Kelly's photo, for instance, shows her reclining in a red chair, playing the ukulele with a martini by her side, her goddess tattoo on full display. She got the tattoo, which depicts the three phases of a woman, on her 60th birthday to honor her mother and the other women in her life. Throughout the calendar, you can also find Kelly's twist on the lyrics of Groucho Marx's classic song, "Lydia the Tattooed Lady."

Kelly will soon hand over her library card, as she is set to retire after 38 years with the University of North Texas. She'll probably commemorate the occasion, she said, with some more ink.

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