Friday, April 29, 2016

Celebrate Superheroes and Cosplay at Abilene Public Library's 2016 Lib-Con | Abilene Reporter-News

Article Courtesy of Janet Van Vleet, Abilene Reporter-News

Three years ago, the Abilene Public Library launched a mini-convention aimed at gamers, anime fans, cosplay folks and fanboys (and fangirls).

The 2014 Lib-Con drew a nice size crowd - 290 attendees - during the multi-day program.

"I thought that was pretty good," said Janis Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Library in downtown Abilene.

Fast forward one year, and more than 1,500 attended the 2015 Lib-Con.

Amanda Sasser, Library Assistant II, also at the Main Library, said she credits attendees for spreading the news about the event and the authenticity of Lib-Con for the growth.

"It's been kind of word-of-mouth in the geek-nerd community, "Sasser said.  "It's pretty close to a real convention you would pay for in Dallas or Austin.

One thing that sets the Abilene convention apart is that admission is free.  Other than paying for food from the Rock'n  Rollerz and Sweet Side food trucks May 7, everything else is free.

This year's event features new programs, including a Face Off event similar to the TV show, with makeup artists competing to create the best horror-themed makeup; a life-size cosplay chess game; and an after-hours Nerf Wars on Friday night, for people 18 and older.

Both Sasser and Test said they expect attendance to get even bigger this year.  If the event gets too big, it might have to move to the Abilene Civic Center, Test said.

The 2016 Lib-Con begins Monday with a craft activity and screening of "Big Hero 6," as well as the new Harry Potter Triwizard Night for ages 13 and older.  The Harry Potter event will include three different crafts to complete for the three challenges, HP trivia, and more.

A variety of programs, including storytimes, gaming nights, movies, and more, are on the schedule throughout the week.

On Saturday, which marks the final day of Lib-Con and Free Comic Book Day across the nation, everyone gets a free comic book at any branch of the Abilene library, as long as supplies last.

There are literally programs for all ages.  So let that inner geek out and visit the library next week for a whole new experience.

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