Tuesday, May 05, 2020 Allison Denny

Welcome to Library Goes to Prom 2020, Arlington Public Library's week of virtual prom activities! Prom can be an important rite of passage for teens. Whether you wanted to go to prom, had planned to skip it, or were doing something in between, many of you may be mourning this loss of a major high school milestone. That’s a normal and valid feeling! The Arlington Public Library is offering a virtual prom experience -- #LibraryGoesToProm2020 -- to help us get through this time together.

Virtual prom events give teens a space to celebrate the end of their junior or senior year of high school. Fancy (and fun!) clothes, make-up, accessories, as well as themed books, movies and virtual activities

From May 11 to 16, the Arlington Public Library will be featuring a different virtual prom-related activity each day. Check in on our website or social every day to participate in the following activities.

  • Monday, May 11: Submissions begin for our Pet Prom Promenade. Since proms are virtual, you can attend with your best furry, feathery, or scaly friend! They may be your dog, cat, turtle, ferret, chicken or pet rock. The choice is entirely yours. Dress them for prom, snap a picture and DM it to the Library on Instagram. You can also email it to Ms. Mary at Mary.Haltom@arlingtontx.gov. Submit your pets by 1 p.m. on Thursday to be featured!
  • Tuesday, May 12: Learn how to make your own photo booth accessories. How will you accessorize your prom photos? The choice is up to you!
  • Wednesday, May 13: Join us online at 3 p.m. for Keys to a Healthy Relationship, a free Zoom presentation from Brighter Tomorrows facilitator Hope Harris. We'll discuss what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, and have a general Q&A after the session. Click here to register ahead of time. The meeting code and password will be provided by email after you register.
  • Thursday, May 14: Make your own DIY duct tape accessories. Do you have some duct tape at home? Scissors? And maybe a safety pin or two? You have all you need to make a snazzy tie, bowtie or hair bow! See how on our web tutorial. And don’t forget to DM your Pet Prom Promenade pics to @ArlingtonTXLib, or email them to Mary.Haltom@arlingtontx.gov, by 1 p.m.!
  • Friday, May 15: Enjoy our Pet Prom Promenade submissions, posted on the library’s social media (@ArlingtonTXLib). See all the dressed up pets.
  • Saturday, May 16: Look for our virtual prom escape room, Fandom Crossing. You are about to log on to go to your school’s virtual prom when all of a sudden, you are sucked into Animal Crossing. Tom Nook arrives and tells you -- you must rescue the princess before being allowed to leave Animal Crossing and rejoin your school’s virtual prom. Can you rescue the princess and return to your virtual prom? Fandom Crossing is built through collaboration by San Leandro Public Library and Arlington Public Library. Check for its release on social media and our website!

Follow #LibraryGoesToProm2020 see all our events, plus get a peek at virtual proms across the country! Tag your own posts with #LibraryGoesToProm2020 to join teens around the nation in these online events. You can also click here to see online resources curated just for teens.