ANNE ARUNDEL, Maryland — The Anne Arundel County Public Library is trying a more permanent approach to attracting new people to the library. On Saturday, they held their first-ever tattoo fundraiser.
Customers can choose from a range of literature-themed tattoos, with 40% of profits going to fund the county’s 16 branch libraries. The event was in partnership with The Library Foundation and a local tattoo shop called Lucky Bird.
Christine Feldmann, director of marketing and communications for the library, says the fundraiser was inspired by a similar event in Denver.
“Tattoo fundraisers have been around for a while, and many area tattoo studios are involved in supporting various parts of the community,” Feldmann said. “When Development Coordinator Gina Grove got a tattoo at Lucky Bird in November 2021, she thought, ‘How about a tattoo fundraiser at the library?’ The concept of the event was born from there.”
Tattoos cost between $100 and $600. If you missed your chance, don’t worry. The library says that due to the high demand for the store, the library is already in talks to plan future events like this.
Christine says generous donations to the library go a long way to better serve their community. “When the pandemic hit, thanks to community donors, we were able to set up curbside pickup, outdoor WiFi, and takeout and craft kits for enthusiastic families. Make a donating to the library helps the community now and in the future.”