Arapahoe Libraries hosts Prom Attire Donations Drive

Arapahoe Libraries is hosting its first-ever prom attire donation drive this year. Now through February 29, patrons can drop in at six library locations to donate formal and semi-formal wear. Any prom attire, except for shoes, will be accepted, including dresses, suits, capes, jewelry, top hats and more.

The library will follow up in March by hosting two clothing swaps, where teens can bring an outfit to swap — or not — and take home their favorite outfit at no cost. The swaps will offer a sustainable and inclusive shopping experience. They will be size, gender and style inclusive, and all teens are welcome. By thinning out their closets, community members can help teens find the perfect look for their prom or other formal event. 

When: Now-February 29
Where: Castlewood, Eloise May, Koelbel, Sheridan, Smoky Hill and Southglenn libraries

When: Saturday, March 2, 1-5 pm
Where: Sheridan Library, 3425 W. Oxford Ave., Denver

When: Saturday, March 23, 1-5 pm
Where: Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Cir., Centennial

“Community events like these are important because not all teens can go shopping or feel comfortable going shopping. This is a way to create community and help teens access these resources and life experiences when they may not know where to go otherwise — especially today, when prices are high. The other advantage of clothing swaps is that they’re sustainable. One of the things we’re seeing among teens is a growing desire to care for the planet. A big part of that is being sustainable and taking positive steps when we can. We definitely see teens excited about sustainability in their personal style, so it’s great for the library to support this kind of initiative,” said Erica Schimmel, Arapahoe Libraries teen core services librarian.

This is Arapahoe Libraries first year hosting a prom attire donation drive and swap. It was inspired by similar programs in Douglas County and at Jefferson County Public Library, who will host its 10th annual prom swap this spring. “When we reached out to JCPL to ask for advice, they were a big help. I hope this will be the start of our own community tradition,” Schimmel said.

Arapahoe Libraries free clothing swaps will take place Saturday, March 2, at Sheridan Library and Saturday, March 23, at Smoky Hill Library. The events will offer a positive, inclusive environment. “I hope that teens leave with a sense of feeling welcomed and cared about. I hope they leave with a fabulous outfit that they’re excited to wear, and overall, I hope they know the library is somewhere they can think of for their needs and resources in the future,” Schimmel said.

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