Most people know you can borrow books, periodicals, and even DVDs from a local public library. But it turns out some libraries also lend out other, more unexpected, materials — such as neckties.
Four branches of the Queens Library in New York City are letting people check out neckties for job interviews and for any special occasion. The ties are available at the Central, South Jamaica, Arverne, and Laurelton branches. Patrons can borrow a necktie for up to three weeks, and they include instructions on how to tie them.
The "Tiebrary" program was recently launched as part of the Queens Library's Job and Business Academy to serve the community.
"Queens Library's Job and Business Academy provides advice on every aspect of preparing for and finding better employment, from writing a resume to dressing for success," Tara Lannen-Stanton, the assistant director with the Job and Business Academy, wrote to A Plus. "Everyone, regardless of demographics, employment status or income can use an extra boost of confidence when it comes to job hunting."
Borrowable neckties might be important to some low-income people who simply cannot afford to purchase one. Appearance is often regarded as a major aspect of a job interview, especially for jobs that pay well. Without the proper attire, getting a high-paying job is nearly impossible.
In March, the Paschalville Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia launched their own Tiebrary program with 48 ties available to the public.
"It's an illustration of libraries really responding to the needs of their communities," Nate Eddy, a lifelong librarian and the strategy coordinator for the Free Library of Philadelphia, told TakePart. "People still associate libraries with quiet places to check out a book, but we're so much more than that."
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