March 22, 2017
Chandler Public Library invites teens to annual LibCon April 22
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Chandler Public Library will hold its 7th annual LibCon celebration for teenage fans of comics, anime, video games, cosplay and other fantasy and science fiction entertainment. Nearly 400 pop culture fans ages 12-18 are expected to attend LibCon 2017, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, Compadre Branch, 300 E. Chandler Blvd. Admission is free, and in a change from previous years, registration is not required.
LibCon provides a comfortable and supportive environment for teens to gather and connect over shared hobbies and interests. One of LibCon's biggest supporters is Chandler Councilmember René Lopez, who will serve as a presenter in this year's program. Lopez will discuss his favorite zombie books, movies and television shows and may even share his own zombie apocalypse survival plan. "LibCon is a great time for teenagers to come and express their creativity, show their fandom and geek out with their friends," Councilmember Lopez said. "It's an exciting event and I think it's a fantastic program for our Library staff to host."
Throughout the day, LibCon 2017 will feature guest speakers, teen panelists, artists, gamers and more. This year's featured guest is author Tom Leveen, who has written his share of Young Adult (YA) novels and even helped pen a few issues of the comic Spawn. "I'm super excited about author Tom Leveen coming this year. He brings a really interesting perspective as both a YA author and a comic book author," said LibCon coordinator and Downtown Library Assistant Chris McGinley. "I can't wait to hear him speak to our teens."
For those who have never attended LibCon, expect to learn a lot about comic counterculture and all things "nerd." Panels will discuss magical creature education, how to play Role-Playing Games (RPGs), cosplay tips and more. There also will be some game show-style activities. Attendees can pop into a panel that sounds intriguing, browse art and merchandising in the vendor hall or sit back and relax in a gaming room. "Whatever your interests are, there will be something at LibCon for you," McGinley added.
For members of the LibCon planning committee, the goal is to encourage and support teens as they discover their creative talents and their potential for leadership in the community. "Our planning has become more streamlined each year as we discover what works, what doesn't work and what types of panels the teens are most interested in attending," said Library Assistant Jo-El Miller.
For more information, visit chandlerlibrary.com/libcon, call 480-782-2800 or visit the official Facebook page at facebook.com/libcon.
Starting March 31, you also can watch an episode of "Chandler in Focus," featuring Councilmember Lopez discussing LibCon with some special guests. It can be viewed online at youtube.com/user/ChandlerArizona or on the City website, chandleraz.gov/video.