MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Have you ever been shopping at the library? No, not for books… we’re talking about prom dresses! The Meadowbrook Public Library in Shawsville is helping students by giving away free prom gowns.

The library is currently offering hundreds of prom dresses in all sizes and styles to students throughout the New River Valley. Now until April 30th, students can try on gowns directly at the library in one of their two dressing rooms with full-length mirrors. Students can make appointments ahead of time by calling the library at 540-268-1964.

The program started back in 2012 and has continued to grow since then. Businesses and community members have donated dresses over time to make this possible. “The smile on their face is priceless,” said Cindy Minnick, Branch Supervisor of Meadowbrook Library.

The program is open to all prom attendees in Montgomery County, Floyd County, and students in other localities who want to participate. This is not an income-based program; being a student in the New River Valley area is the only requirement to receive a dress.

Many young girls will purchase expensive prom dresses and only wear them for one night. Through this program, past prom dresses can dance again, and help families save money at the same time.

The library is continuing to accept gently used or new prom dresses and accessories. All donations can be dropped off at the Meadowbrook Library at 200 Miller Street.