October 31, 2017
Chances are, you’ve never heard of a “Tiebrary.” Neither had I until I read about a program run by the Free Library of Philadelphia. The idea is simple: the library lends neckties free of charge to customers for use in interviews. It’s aimed at helping people complete their job interview wardrobes, perhaps provide some confidence, and hopefully help them land a new job.
Reading about the Free Library of Philadelphia’s community was like reading about our own community here at Mid-Continent Public Library’s Blue Ridge Branch, and that inspired me to bring this same practical program to our customers. Thanks to plenty of support from my coworkers—from tie donations to support from the Technical Services and Marketing Departments to the branch staff who created a space for it—the Tiebrary at MCPL’s Blue Ridge Branch is now ready!
The Tiebrary is currently housed at the information desk at the Blue Ridge Branch, and we have neckties (and some bow ties!) in a variety of different colors and styles. Each tie checks out for 28 days. Just like any other item, you can return the ties to any branch, and we’ll take care of getting them back to Blue Ridge. Along with the tie, each Tiebrary package includes instructions on how to tie a tie as well as interview tips and recommended online job resources available through MCPL (all you need is your Access Pass).
The Tiebrary is just one piece of the Blue Ridge Branch's larger “Job in a Box” initiative. As we continue developing the program, Job in a Box will grow to include new resources such as materials about how to create a resume and cover letter and information on other community organizations that can assist people with their job search endeavors.
We’re thrilled to offer the community these services and resources, and we’re grateful for the support and work that has gone into making these things possible. Come see us at the Library today! We’d love to tell you more about what we’re doing.Kris D.
Blue Ridge Branch
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