Prom seasons is just around the corner and Jefferson County Public Libraries are working to make sure every teen in the county who wants to attend has something to wear. “Prom can be really …
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March 24 - April 6 — Drop off clothing and accessories at Arvada, Belmar, Edgewater, Golden or Standley Lake libraries.
Golden, 1019 10th St., Golden — Saturday, March 30, 12 - 4 p.m.
Standley Lake, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada — Sunday, March 31, 12 - 4 p.m.
Arvada, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada — Sunday, March 31, 1 - 4 p.m.
Belmar, 555 S Allison Parkway, Lakewood — Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Edgewater, 1800 N. Harlan St., Edgewater — Sunday, April 7, 1 - 4 p.m.
Prom seasons is just around the corner and Jefferson County Public Libraries are working to make sure every teen in the county who wants to attend has something to wear.
“Prom can be really expensive, but it’s a really important right of passage for most teens,” said Tana Lucero, teen services librarian at the Arvada Library. “What we want to do is make it easier for teens that might not have the financial wherewithal to participate.”
During the annual Prom Swap, teens can bring unwanted and clean formal wear or accessories to the Library and take another dream outfit home. For each dress tuxedo/suit, pair of shoes or accessory donated, teens receive tickets to trade for a new-to-them item. If they don’t have anything to bring in, they can “buy” tickets with the donation of canned goods — five cans per dress tuxedo/suit, two cans for shoes and one can per accessory.
A seamstress will also be on-site for immediate alterations.
“It’s an opportunity to still have the shopping experience, get something new to them and attend prom within their own budget,” Lucero said.
Community members can also donate dresses, mens ware, jewelry, shoes and handbags from March 24 to April 6 to any library.
Arra Katona, teen services coordinator for Jeffco Public Library, said items for young men are a need — suits, ties, tuxedos and accessories.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for our community to show the teens that we love and support them and want to help in any way we can,” Lucero said. “Last year we had such an enormous outflowing of generosity, I was so impressed and so moved at how kind people were.”
The Prom Swap started at the Belmar library five years ago and has since grown to include Arvada, Golden, Standley Lake and Edgewater.
“We just saw a need at other locations,” Katona said, adding that by expanding the program throughout the county, it takes away a transportation barrier. “The library is more than just books, it’s a resource for our community.”
This year’s shopping dates for teens are March 30 at Golden; March 31 at Standley Lake and Arvada; April 6 at Belmar and April 7 at Edgewater.
Leftover clothing will be donated to the Florence Crittenton High School and the Arvada High Prom Boutique. Canned goods will benefit the Jeffco Action Center and the Community Table — formerly the Arvada Community Food Bank.
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