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Fashion Takes Center Stage at the Library on April 4

Programs include “shop” for free formalwear for end-of-year events and upcycling trash into “trashion”

Post Date:03/26/2020 10:00 AM

Teens can come to the library and "shop" for free prom clothes.Creative people of all ages are invited to make fashion out of trash at this fun program.

No matter what your idea of high fashion is, you’re likely to find something that strikes your fancy at the Longmont Public Library’s programs on Saturday, April 4. The first program, “Say Yes to the Red Carpet Dress,” from 12:30 to 2 pm, is an opportunity for local students in grades 6 – 12 to “shop” for free, gently used formal attire to wear to end-of-year events, like prom, team banquets, and award ceremonies. When library staff realized that many local teens are unable to participate in their schools’ end-of-year formal events because they lack the resources to buy appropriate attire, the idea for the program was born. At the beginning of March, the Library issued a call to the community to donate gently used dresses, skirts, blouses, shoes, purses, tuxes, sports coats, dress shirts and slacks, and other formal accessories. As expected, the Longmont community responded generously to help give every local teen a chance to attend those year-end events without feeling out of place. Aloha Trading Co, 356 Main St. in Longmont, especially rose to the occasion and is supporting the program with substantial donations. Thank you, Aloha!

The fashion theme continues on April 4, from 2 to 4, with the Longmont Library’s “Trashion Show,” an all-ages program challenging participants to create haute couture from recycled materials such as bubble wrap, plastic, and cardboard. Adults, teens, and children can work singularly or as teams, and the one-hour creative period will be followed by a runway show and prizes. The program will highlight the abundance of trash we generate in our daily lives, as well as featuring creative reuse. Supplies will be provided by the Library. Those participants under age 9 must be accompanied by a guardian.

No registration is necessary for either program, and complete details for both programs are available here.

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