“The tie lending library comes out of an initiative called New York Public Library Grow Up, which is funded through the funded through the New York Public Library Innovation Project.
Through the Grow Up programming, the Riverside Branch has offered workshops for teens on grown up issues like what to wear to an interview to eating healthy on a budget to managing your money.
Lee sees people working on their resumes or job searching at the New York Public Library all the time, and she knows both teens and adults may not have everything they need to give themselves the best shot at those opportunities.
But New York Public Library patrons can also borrow ties and handbags for more than just job interviews, she noted.
“They might need it for graduation, or for a performance, or any other sort of function: a wedding, a funeral, prom,” said Lee. “Sometimes folks might not need to wear a tie all the time, but they have an event coming up that they have to wear one to, and this is a way they can have [one] if they can’t afford it.”
This effort really underscores how much libraries are a community resource in general, Lee said, besides just a place to get your latest beach read.”
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