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March 8, 2016
 
Artwork for LibCon 2016Chandler Library hosts annual LibCon for teens March 26

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, the Chandler Public Library is holding its 6th Annual LibCon celebration for teenage fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing, costume play (cosplay), video games, and other fantasy and science-fiction entertainment. The popular gathering of pop culture fans ages 12-18 runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, Compadre Branch, 300 E. Chandler Blvd. LibCon is free, and online registration is now open at chandlerlibrary.org/libcon.

Since it began in 2011, LibCon has grown from 70 participants to more than 300 enthusiastic teens expected to attend this year’s festivities. One of LibCon’s biggest supporters is Chandler Councilmember Rene Lopez, who also will serve as a presenter in this year’s program. He will be discussing his favorite zombie books, movies and television shows and may even share his own zombie apocalypse survival plan.

"LibCon offers a safe and encouraging environment for our teens to be creative and express themselves without any judgment,” Councilmember Lopez said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for teens to be able to nerd out, share appreciation for sci-fi, manga, and all things different, all while having a fun time experiencing it with similar minded friends. I am excited about this year’s event, and I think it’s a fantastic program for our Library staff to host.”

LibCon 2016 will feature some fan-favorite presenters and vendors from previous years, as well as offering new and exciting opportunities for teens interested in anime, manga, comics, sci-fi/fantasy, cosplay and gaming. A vendor hall and gaming area will be available throughout the event, and panel presentations will start at noon. 

For those attending LibCon for the first time, Cosplay 101 with Jasmine will cover all of the ins and outs of making the event an enjoyable experience. There will be craft panels to learn how to make paper beads from comic books and create and color fantasy shrink dinks. A comic book artist will be on hand to demonstrate how he creates characters with super powers. New to this year’s program is Anime Family Feud in which participants can test their knowledge of anime in this fast paced fun game. LibCon will conclude with dinner and a DJ.
 
Library Assistant Elisia Simmons is one of the originators of LibCon and says, “When I first started working with teens at the library, I realized that every day we work with people to find that connection to each other, through books, movies, music and more. It seemed like a perfect fit to bring a pop culture convention to the library.”

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, whether they are making candy sushi, selling manga artwork or organizing a panel discussion on Dr. Who.

A recent episode of the City of Chandler show, “Chandler in Focus,” featured Councilmember Lopez discussing LibCon with some special guests. It can be viewed on Chandler Channel 11 or online at chandleraz.gov/video.

More information and LibCon registration details can be found at chandlerlibrary.org/libcon, or by calling 480-782-2800.