Ahoy, me hearties! If the pirate’s life is for you, make for port at Johnson City Public Library on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. LibCon, your Library’s annual fandom convention, is free and family-friendly. LibCon is pirate-themed this year, but all fandom types are welcome.
LibCon features all sorts of fandom fun, including games, trivia, panels, food trucks, vendors, an art contest, and a cosplay contest.
Costumes are encouraged, and anyone may take part in the cosplay contest. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in the following categories: children, teen, adult, and group. (Costumes must follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.)
LibCon is your Library’s version of Comic-Con, the popular comic and fandom convention. School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson believes that putting on a Comic-Con style event is a natural fit for the Library.
She says, “At their core, these conventions are celebrations of beloved stories and they build a sense of community over shared interests,” both of which are integral elements in the work of libraries.
While there are similarities to traditional fandom conventions, LibCon is unique in that it is free and family-friendly. LibCon is designed to be an inclusive experience that allows people of all ages to be, as Jennifer puts it, “their nerdiest selves.”
Visit jcpl.org/libcon or call Jennifer Johnson at (423) 434-4348 for details about art contest submissions, cosplay contest registration, and the convention day schedule. You can also download the LibCon brochure to learn more.