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You’re here?  Why are you still here?!! 

Go look at the PICTURES!  🙂

& now there’s video of the COSPLAY RUNWAY! ( added 9-10-10)

Librari-Con 2010 Cosplay Runway: Part 1

Librari-Con 2010 Cosplay Runway: Part 2



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Librari-Con 2010 Convention Brochure

See you at the Con!  🙂




Anime Viewing starts at 10 AM and ends at 4:30 PM.
(hosted by volunteers from SRPE)
Shakugan no Shana
Last Exile 
FMA Brotherhood 
Sgt Frog 
tegami bachi 

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Hurricanes Diane and Earl tango over the Atlantic (August 29, 2010)

(Image by NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team)

Okay, all together now.  We can DO this. 

“Double rainbow, double rainbow, double rainbow! 

Puppies and kittens and teenagers in cosplay!”

Earl, Earl go away, come again some…NO, just go away!

We’ve already had our flood (thanks to Tropical Storm Hanna), and we’ve been through our fire…wasn’t this year supposed to have been a plague of some sort?  Peeper frogs, perhaps?

Okay.  So here’s the deal.  If you’re on the coast, you might want to batten down the hatches  .   Librari-Con will go on as scheduled unless County offices are closed, but since we should be saying “Goodbye, Earl” early Friday morning according to NOAA, I think we’ll have ourselves a wonderful time on Saturday.  No worries!  🙂

See you at the Con,




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You’re burning up!  YOU’RE ON FIRE! 

Oh wait, no…that was the library!  It’s like a children’s game of Hot and Cold gone bad, ya know?

Early Saturday morning, a fire broke out in a lower level office of the Headquarters Library

Unfortunately, the smoke damage is forcing us to cancel all Headquarters’ programming through the end of the year, which means that the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo and the Young Writer’s Program) meeting for Paragraph 3, the Headquarter’s teens’ writing club, the Gaming and Teens Engaged @ HQU game night in December, and the anime clubs for November and December will not be meeting.

…but never fear, my friends, because teen authors are invited and encouraged to come to the Write Here, Right Now  teen writing club at the North Regional Branch (I’ll be there to hang out, write, and talk, too – ml), to participate in the NaNoWriMo activites or just to work on their regular stories or artwork (Thursday, November 6, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm).

…and anime and manga enthusiasts are welcome at the 5 other anime clubs around the library system, and there is gaming at each branch as well.  Check it out!

Here’s the official word about what happened/what is happening:  🙂

Attention!! Due to an early morning fire on Saturday, October 25, that caused smoke damage in the building, the Headquarters Library at 300 Maiden Lane will be closed for an indeterminate length of time. Books should be returned to any of the library system’s six other locations.

At this time, we do not anticipate having meeting or conference rooms available through the end of year. If you have a meeting room or conference room booked to use at Headquarters Library between now and the end of the year, you need to call one of the other locations to see if they have a room available.

The November 10 event featuring Leonard Pitts is still scheduled. Check out our web site for more information.

All programs scheduled at the Headquarters Library have been canceled through the end of the year.

Thank you all for your patience.  If you have questions about teen programs, please contact the respective branches.  More information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.



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…it’s all over but the shouting: Yay!  Wh00t!  Alright, NAPTIME! 

oh, wait, that last one’s probably just me.  🙂  

Well folks, we almost got swept away and we had a couple of artists and presenters who couldn’t make it at the last minute which meant that we had to cancel or replace some panels and workshops…

Tropical Storm Hanna caused the park behind the library to flood...no picnics today.              

…but we persevered, broke out the umbrellas for a bit, and had a great day after all!

Check out the fun on our teen Flickr page!

Librari-Con 2008 pics

Librari-Con 2008 pics

I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make Librari-Con 2008 possible: my partner-in-crime-and-teen-services, Katharine, The Anime Arsenal, special guests The Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion, Nick Capiot, Will Hays, and Robert “Dr. Gonzo” Wicker, the members of SRPE, all of the talented folks who inhabited Artists’ Alley, our teen volunteers a.k.a. “the minions,” and the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center’s staff, administration, and our Friends of the Library.

Planning is already underway for Librari-Con 2009…comments and suggestions are always welcome, although there is just this one thing:

*Please note, we are a public library, not a restaurant.  Several patrons have already “suggested” that we give away free food.  Great, fine, wonderful suggestion…never gonna happen…not if you still want summer reading club prizes, video game programs, or refreshments at anime club meetings.*  OK – getting off the soapbox now.  All OTHER suggestions and comments are welcome.  🙂

Were you here?  Did you have a good time?

Peace and pocky, ya’ll. 

Oh, almost forgot!  Check out the great pics taken by the 501st! 

Mini-Vader is my favorite!



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Welcome Otaku! 

Welcome library visitors! 

Welcome bewildered yet indulgent parents!

Once again we’re having a party called Librari-ConHanna never actually became a hurricane, just a piddly, little tropical storm which was no match for the anime, manga, and graphic novel fans who’ve descended upon our library!  A little rain…a little wind…no worries.  Mass quantities of teens and assorted other folks of all ages, in various stages of cosplay, are hanging out, browsing tons of great art, reading manga, drawing their own stuff, folding origami, and snapping pictures right and left.

The sun is shining and the show is on the road!  Members from the 501st Legion are back in strength…this year Lord Vader brought numerous reinforcements from his Storm and Sand Troopers to the notorious Boba Fett.  Princess Leia even managed to sneak in as Boushh, an Ubese bounty hunter, much like she did when she attempted to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hut.  I’m happy to report that she was not captured.  🙂

Artists’ Alley is hopping…local artists and special guests artist Nick Capiot and voice actors Will Hays and Robert “Dr. Gonzo” Wicker are having a great time talking to new fans of all ages, sharing their art and selling their wares.

There’s still time to check out all the action…the Cosplay Runway starts at 2:30 and the forums go until 3:30!  Hope to see you here!

I’ll be posting Librari-Con 2008 pictures on our Flickr page earlier next week, so check back!



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12/18/07  Anime North Pole (North Regional)

43 teens played an incredible game of Anime Jeopardy, courtesy of the Genjitsu no Futekiousha (G.n.F.) Club, ate enormous quantities of Christmas snacks and watched HamtaroHam Ham Christmas – concluding with a rambunctious group-Hamtaro dance.

-Katharine, teen liaison, North Regional 

The December anime clubs at Bordeaux, Cliffdale, and Hope Mills were also well attended.  They each screened episodes provided by the generous folks at FUNimation.

Please check our calendar for more teen programs @ your library in 2008.

Happy New Year!

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Paragraph 3: Read it, Write it, Share it  

NaNoWriMo 2007 Teen Challenge – Headquarters (11-1-07 and 11-19-07)

Six enthusiastic teens attended the kick-off for the National Novel Writing Month event, including two who accepted the challenge to write 25,000 words in 30 days.  Plots were discussed, writing selections were shared, and opinions on various topics were stated…loudly.  The Paragraph 3 writing group has developed into a forum for teens to discuss popular culture (movies, television, books, etc.) and current events, as well as discussing and sharing original writing of all forms. 


Only one teen came to the second meeting for NaNoWriMo, but we had a great time discussing her latest work.  She is exploring a new genre; horror and suspense as opposed to fantasy.  We used the whiteboard to visualize the timeline of events which helped to determine scene order and to brainstorm plot points.  She also had several specific questions about pacing and character development that we were able to resolve.  It was a very productive meeting. 

I’d like to invite teen authors to meetings of either (or both) of the library system’s writing clubs: Paragraph 3 at the Headquarters library, and Write Here, Right Now at the North Regional branch.  Feel free to stop by when you need some feedback or new ideas.    

Anime @ Hope Mills (11-6-07)

The Genjitsu no Futekiousha (G.n.F.), a local club for those interested in Japanese pop culture and entertainment, stopped by to play their version of Anime Jeopardy with the Hope Mills teen otaku.  Although a few enthusiastic teens have been attending the gatherings, the library staff will be changing the meeting time to accommodate teens who may not be able to get to the library right after school.  Starting in February, the anime club will be meeting at 6 pm in the Hope Mills branch activity room.  Suggestions are welcome to improve this or any other library program.  Please comment or send suggestions by email to ccplteens@cumberland.lib.nc.us .  

Write Here, Right Now

NaNoWriMo 2007 Teen Challenge – North Regional (11-8-07)

Missy, Assistant Youth Services Coordinator, gave a brief commercial for participating in the National Novel Writing Month Young Writer’s Program.  J  Several teens expressed interest and there was a long discussion about how a person would actually go about writing a novel in one month.  Other teens were content to draw and share their work with several members of The Anime Arsenal who were also in attendance.  

Movie Mondays – East Regional (11-19-07)

15 teens attended the showing of Eragon, based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Paolini.  The only complaint was that the movie was somewhat different than the book. 

(Yeah – this bothers me, too.  I have a spoiler for those of you like the movie The Last of the Mohicans, one of my favorites, based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper.            –Missy)

[Use your cursor to highlight this space: In the movie, the WRONG SISTER DIES!

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Anime ClubSpring Lake (11-26-07)

Jennifer, Youth Services Librarian I, hosted the latest meeting of this long running anime club.  Episodes of Negima were shown.  These proved to be so popular that teens were asking if the library had the manga to go along with the anime (we do, BTW).  

Anime Headquarters (11-27-07)

21 teens and patrons dropped in at this retro-Anime Headquarters.  An episode of Gatchaman, an anime series that debuted on American television in 1978 as Battle of the Planets, was shown to mixed reviews and resulted in the showing of several episodes of Robotech, a popular mecha series from 1985 [mecha: giant, pilot-controlled robots].  Some teens preferred to read the manga that they had borrowed from the library.  Others sought artistic inspiration from donated copies of the magazines ShonenJump, ShojoBeat, and NewType and spent their time drawing favorite anime characters.  

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Middle School Book Battle (Battle of the Books discussion) – Cliffdale (11-29-07)Teens gathered to discuss the novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen.  The conversation also included the recent movie adaptation of the book.

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The Chillax Room – East Regional

The Chillax Room continues to average 52 teens per day. Guitar Hero II is still the most popular followed by Dance Dance Revolution (DDR).  One teen regular, who plays DDR at the library every chance he gets and has a DDR game at home, says he has lost 50 pounds playing this video game!   Not so fast though, dancing fans…Madden08 is rapidly gaining in popularity.  A group of teen boys request to play several times a week.  Teens occasionally watch movies, though they have not forgotten about the board games. On a recent afternoon, a group played Uno, Apples to Apples and Jenga.  To top it all off, there has been some unexpected activities taking place…teens have been caught READING BOOKS! 

*faints*  J  

Thanks for hanging out at the library, folks…remember to check the calendar of events for more teen programs. 


Missy – AYSC

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Believe It!  Naruto @ the library

Most of the branch anime clubs showed the OVA Naruto Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village!  and episodes from Naruto Vol. 1 at their meeting this month. The showings were a hit at Cliffdale, Bordeaux, and East Regional, although some teens expressed disappointment that we weren’t showing the newest Naruto movie (we’ll work on getting permission from VIZ Media).  At the Anime Headquarters club, teens insisted on coming into the room early “so they didn’t miss it.”  Three girls spent the entire time screeching whenever their favorite character came on screen.  The rest of the crowd limited their outbursts to whenever Naruto had embarrassing encounters with various and sundry scatological obstacles.  In-between episodes, teens read ShonenJump, ShojoBeat, and NewType magazines that had been donated to the club.  At the Anime North club, only younger teens & kids seemed very interested; and there was altogether too much screaming when Sasuke was on the screen.  J  Teen liaison, Katharine, says never again, LOL!  (I’m pretty sure she’s kidding…heh…yeah, pretty sure.  – Missy, AYSC)

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Write Here, Right Now – North Regional (10-11-07)

Teens reveled in the opportunity to interact with members of The Anime Arsenal and artist Paul Taylor.  Discussions ranged from the latest in J-Pop Culture to determining the correct anatomical scale for drawing manga-style characters. 



Movie Mondays – East Regional (10-15-07)


Napoleon Dynamite has become a cult classic for teens and still proves to be a big draw. Teens were engaged and on the edge of their seat in anticipation of their favorite lines and scenes which they knew by heart.






Pizza & Books Teen Book Club – East Regional (10-18-07)


This event drew one of the largest teen audiences, 30 attendees, to the book club. Many of the teens were engaged in the discussion and despite some of them not having read the book prior to the meeting, found it easy to relate to the themes presented in Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War. This book club was Co-sponsored by the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Human Relations Committee on Diversity.



TeenZone North – North Regional (10-25-07)

Teens faced off and played Dance Dance Revolution, Super Smash Bros Melee (on a Game Cube® using 4 controllers for insanely fun competition), and board games including Mousetrap and Wizard Chess.



Our Library is Haunted! Or Is It? – Cliffdale (10-30-07)


Teens enjoyed ghost stories and looked up spooky websites in our “graveyard” around the “campfire”.


Spooky Scary Anime – North Regional (10-30-07)

44 teens attended this over-the-top program with complete with Halloween costumes, cosplay, and trick-or-treat goodies!!  KaKuRenBo & Mushi-shi were shown.



Thanks to all who came to the programs this month!

For more teen programs at the library, please check the calendar of events.




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