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New APL fundraiser offers residents clothes for a cause

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 02:38 pm

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Starting July 1, the Airdrie Public Library (APL) is asking Airdronians to make a fashion statement by wearing clothing with iconic and often out-of-print book covers while supporting the library.

“It’s a great fit for the library,” said APL Funds Development Co-ordinator Marilyne Aalhus. “The clothes are a conversation starter and we are hoping the community takes advantage of this unique type of fundraiser.

From July 1 to Aug. 22, APL is participating in a fundraising campaign with Out-of-Print Clothing, an online retailer that sells “the world’s greatest stories through fashion,” according to the retailers website.

The fundraiser benefits the library with 50 per cent of the proceeds from every purchase made with the referral source: AIRDRIE will go directly back to the APL.

Out-of-Print Clothing offers shirts for adults and kids, baby bodysuits, tote bags and more with iconic book covers one them. Books included in the line range from Goodnight Moon to A Clockwork Orange.

“The website changes regularly,” Aahuls said.

“There’s always new products on there.”

She said the fundraiser is a good one for the library because it lets book lovers share their passion and get something tangible in return for their support of the library.

“The baby onesies are really adorable,” she said. “The books (on the clothes) are some of kids favourites or something that stands out to a child because it’s one of the first books they’ve read.”

The money from the fundraiser will go to The Advocates, Airdrie Public Library’s friends of the library group, who will decide where the funding is most needed within APL.

To participate in the fundraiser: visit outofprintclothing.com, choose your purchase, and proceed to checkout and enter AIRDRIE in the “Referral Source” tab (this must be entered for the APL to receive 50 per cent of the proceeds from the purchase)

Aalhus added The Advocates are always looking for new volunteers to help raise funds for the library.

“If you love your library, it’s a great way to really help pave the future of it,” she said of volunteering.

To volunteer or for more information, airdriepubliclibrary.ca

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