Stuff for the Teen Age
Get Psyched for Anti-Prom! A Prom-Related Reading & Viewing List
It was way back in 2004, at the Donnell Library's Teen Central room, when a bunch of librarians, myself included, came up with the idea for Anti-Prom. At the time, a bunch of teen books about prom and prom-related activities were being published and we were all sharing our own (somewhat anti-climatic) prom experiences. Then someone said, "We should throw a prom here." There was laughter as we imagined decorating the library with streamers, crepe paper and a disco ball and then someone said, "Forget prom we should throw an anti-prom," and thus an award-winning library tradition was born.
"Anti-Prom is for kids who can't spend $1000 on a dance, or can't safely bring a same-sex date, or who simply have subversive personalities, kids who don't fit in elsewhere." Jack Martin, Assistant Director Children/Family/Teen Programming, The VF Daily, Vanity Fair online, June 2008
At the first Anti-Prom, we turned off some lights in the teen room, played some CDs and librarians made sandwiches to serve to the attendees. Now, it's a bit fancier. For the last few years it's been held at the historic Stephen A. Schwarzman building on 42nd Street in Astor Hall (where it will be held again this year) and the Celeste Bartos Forum. There is a professional DJ, gift bags of MAC cosmetics and there is usually a special guest. In past years we have hosted fashion insiders and designers: Tim Gunn, Simon Doonan, Todd Oldham and Austin Scarlett. We have also added a fashion show of outfits and dresses done by area high school students. Just like a normal prom, we crown a King and Queen and there is always a theme but our themes tend to be on the freaky side. One year its was "Cos-prom," another "Vam-Prom," last year was "Glam Prom" and this year it is "Super Prom." Which will be the perfect time to break out your secret identity and show off some superpowered dance moves!
The 2011 Anti-Prom will be held on Friday June 3rd from 6:30 to 9pm at the Stephen A. Schwarzman building on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. All NYC teens ages 12 to 18 are welcome but you need to RSVP! Hope to see you there!
"Everyone here is dressed as themselves—the one thing they can't be anywhere else." Gus, 19, Anti-Prom, June 2008, from The VF Daily, Vanity Fair online "The Anti-Prom Rocks the Library"
To get you in the mood and prepared for Prom and Anti-Prom, here some books and movies for you to check out:
- The Anti-Prom by Abby Mcdonald (2011)
- Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris (2011)
- Prom: A novel based on the major motion picture by Ellie O'Ryan (2011)
- Prom Crashers by Erin Downing (2007)
- Prom Season: three novels by Elizabeth Craft (2007)
- Prom Night: All the Way by Megan Stine (2007)
- Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson (2006)
- Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (2011)
- Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson (2006)
- 24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley (2006)
- A Really Nice Prom Mess by Brian Sloan (2005)
- Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer (2008)
- Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore (2007)
- Prom Nights from Hell featuring short stories by Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle, Michele Jaffe and Kim Harrison (2007)
- 21 Proms featuring short stories by David Levithan, John Green, Holly Black, Jaqueline Woodson, E. Lockhart and Aimee Friedman, among others (2007)
Prom Stories: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
True Tales of Proms Past:
- Kings and Queens: Queers at the Prom by David Boyer (2004)
- Wonderland: A year in the life of an American high school by Michael Bamberger (2004)
Impress a Date with Good Manners:
- Classy: Be a Lady not a Tramp by Derek Blasberg (2010)
- The How Rude! handbook of friendship & dating manners for teens: surviving the social scene by Alex J. Packer
- How Rude!: The teenagers' guide to good manners, proper behavior, and not grossing people out By Alex J. Packer (1997)
- Emily Post's Prom and Party Etiquette by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post (2010)
Looking and Feeling Beautiful (inside and out!) for Prom:
- Beauty Rules: Fabulous looks, beauty essentials, and life lessons for loving your teens and twenties by Bobbi Brown (2010)
- Insparation : A teen's guide to healthy living inspired by today's hot spas by Mary Beth Sammons (2005)
- Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty : Everything you need to look pretty, natural, sexy & awesome by Bobbi Brown (2000)
- How to Cosplay, Vol 1 ed. Okumura Kaori (2009)
Considering the accumulative time and energy that goes into prom every year, collectively as a nation, you would think that there would be more movies on the subject, but no. Except for the most recent Disney film Prom and a few MTV movies, unless prom involves murder, mayhem, humiliation and pigs' blood, Hollywood shows very little cinematic interest. Although if you include the prom episodes of such teen shows such as: One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the number rises a bit.