Youth ‘tattooed’ at library

Published 9:16 am Friday, July 29, 2011

Lynn Gibson didn’t hesitate to give her grandsons Hunter Greenhaw, 12, and Haden, 9, permission to get a tattoo.

Shameka Key, an assistant at Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Branch library in Franklin, gives Nia Butler, 19, of Zuni a tattoo during a program at the library on Wednesday. -- Gwen Albers | Tidewater News

That’s because the Franklin brothers were participating in a program at Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Library in Franklin that involved youth getting tattoos that last about two weeks.

“I just think they were trying to do something special,” Gibson said.

The boys were among 26 who participated in the Henna Tattoo Workshop on Wednesday. Hunter had an angel tattooed on his arm, while Haden got a skull and crossbones.

Madison Crowder, youth services programmer for the library, led the program. Crowder and other library employees helped paint the temporary tattoos on youth, who came up with their own designs or used ones supplied during the workshop.

Jade Banty, 13, of Boykins wanted a tattoo of the Disney character Tinker Bell because that’s the name of her Chihuahua. Her younger sister, Crystal, 11, wanted the name “Star” tattooed after a dog she used to own.

Nia Butler, who works for the Boys & Girls Club and brought five youth to the workshop, got a butterfly and the initials A.T.F for her 1-year-old son, Andrew. Nia, 19, of Zuni has never gotten a real tattoo.

‘I just never had the chance, but I like this,” she said. “It’s very unique.”

In other news from the library, it was a packed house on Tuesday when the Summer Reading Program featured J.B. Rattles with his entourage of reptiles, including an 80-pound python.

• The Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce will soon close reservations for its Tuscany tour.

The Discover and Explore Tuscany journey will depart on Nov. 1. The package includes roundtrip airfare from Dulles Airport, seven nights lodging, daily breakfast and four dinners, and a chamber exchange program that provides tours of the Tuscany area.

The price is $2,299 for chamber members and $2,449 for non-members based on double occupancy in the spa resort town of Montecatini in northern Tuscany outside Florence.

If interested, call the chamber at 357-3502 or send an e-mail to