Like many of her colleagues at the Montrose Regional Library, reference librarian Tania Hajjar loves cats as much as books. So she responded enthusiastically to a national call this summer for photos of librarians with their cats. Two east-coast librarians then evaluated the photos and selected the best to create a “Cat Librarian” calendar for 2013.
Local photographer Lu Anne Tyrrell took the photo that was selected for inclusion. Tyrrell commented “I’ve always had great respect for our Montrose Library, and as an animal lover, I was very excited to be a part of the project.” Their winning photo was a collaborative effort. Tyrrell held the photo shoot at the Uncompahgre Yoga Circle prior to Teri Alford’s adult ballet class. And the star subject, Freddie the spotted kitten, was adopted this summer from the Montrose animal shelter.
The “Cat Librarian” calendar features fourteen librarians posed with their cats. About the project Hajjar remarked, “We’re most ourselves with our pets. What I like about the photos is that they show another side of the librarians, who we are outside of our jobs. Plus the cats are really cute!” Sales from the calendar benefit the website Project Gutenberg, which encourages the creation and distribution of copyright-free e-books.
The Cat Librarian calendar can be previewed, and purchased for $15 at www.lulu.com. Two dollars from each sale will be donated to Project Gutenberg.