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Calling all anime, manga, and graphic novel enthusiasts!

Once again we’re hosting a free anime mini-convention at Headquarters Library featuring fun activities, great local artists, and some very special, one might even say Imperial, guests.  🙂

Please check out the Librari-Con 2009 website and photos from last year’s fun and frivolity.

Come one, come all!




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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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(Many thanks to The Weepies for the wonderful turn of phrase)

Librari-Con was an amazing, fun, and very interesting experience for library staff and patrons alike.  It was also overstimulating, frenetic, and,um, heck on wheels…which makes it a good teen program, in my opinion.  🙂 

I give you photographic evidence that otaku (“enthusiasts” or “fans”) of all ages, especially TEENS, were willing to spend an ENTIRE SATURDAY at a public library…and on a holiday weekend, no less.


LIBRARI-CON 2007 photos

Just for fun, did you know that the Goomba came to Librari-Con?  Thanks to Miguel and The Anime Arsenal for permission to share this hilarious slideshow!

I must ask forgiveness for not posting photos earlier…everything I put off while planning for Librari-Con came down on me like a ton of bricks!  

Order books!  Whoops, apparently folks don’t stop reading just because I’ve got a big program going on…

Write that report!  TPTB need to know how well everything went so that we can have a “Librari-Con 2008″… 

Write thank-you notes!  …again, so that the wonderful companies and organizations that participated this year might be willing to play in the future.  I got a surprise after completing this task.

Give that presentation!  To be fair, I knew this one was coming.  I had to share the wonderful statistics and success stories from this year’s Teen Summer Reading Club with the Library’s Board of Trustees. 

Plan more programs!  What!  Now that teens know how much fun they can have at the library we have to plan more things for them to do?!!

Write book reviews!  Oh shoot, I’ve got to READ the books, first…I’ll post ’em as soon as I can.  Some great titles just arrived (good thing I did the first item on this list ‘o rants).

Ya know…for all that I’m being snarky about it…I had a great time. 

Many visitors, volunteers, and most of our special guests told me that they had fun, too.

My parents, who happened to be visiting that weekend, had a blast.  I’m not sure they even knew about anime and manga beforehand, but they sure do now!

More blogging later…and on a more regular basis, if I can.  🙂



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Hi!  Hello!  How-are-ya?!

Librari-Con is hopping with otaku and friends as we speak.  Large crowds, amazing and intricate costumes, tons of drawing and gaming…it’s enough to make a grown librarian a little misty around the eyes. 

Our guests are having  a good time, too.  Will Hays and Robert “Dr. Gonzo” Wicker, voice actors from the anime show and movie You’re Under Arrest are having their question and answer session with a crowd of fans.  The Carolina 501st Legion, an international STAR WARS costuming enthusiasts organization and charitable organization helped me present a cosplay workshop earlier in the day.  The chibi’s (children) have been coloring their little hearts out and even made some really neat origami fish.  The viewing room is a constant draw and Artist’s Alley is packed.  Nick Capiot has his amazing art on display, alongside the 501st’s table, Trimekka Studios, Cosmos Studios, and several last minute additons from the local art scene.  The video gamers are finishing up, and we’re preparing for the Cosplay Runway! 

…and don’t get me started on the door prizes!  Top Cow Productions, Inc. and Perfect Frames Gallery made some very generous donations and our visitors have been really excited to win a bags of stuffed with various posters, high-grade figurines, card game packs, and comics.

Most of all…everyone’s having fun.  Making friends, showing off drawings and costumes, playing improv games on the front lawn…not too bad for a Saturday spent at the public library, if I do say so.

So, let me know what you think…Comments are welcome.  How did we do?  Did you have a good time?  How can we make this better next year (’cause it looks like this might be a regular event!)?  Take a sec and let me know…

Thanks for coming to Librari-Con!  It’s been a great day…and we still have a little bit to go!



Assistant Youth Services Coordinator

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Librari-Con     Saturday, September 1, 2007     10 am to 5 pm

Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, NC 28301 

Watch anime episodes and movies all day long

Observe gaming demonstrations and participate in free play (on-site registration only)

Attend “how-to-draw manga” workshops (class size is limited, on-site registration only)

Visit local artists in the Artist’s Alley and show off your own talent in the Amateur Artist’s Grotto

Meet Our Special Manga / Comic Artists, and Voice Actor Guests

Attend Q&A panels with artists, local retailers, and librarians

Dress up as your favorite anime characters and cosplay

Enter for a chance to win amazing door prizes

Sign up for a library card and join the Friends of the Library during our registration drive

…and much more. 

This event is hosted by the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center and sponsored in part by The East Coast Anime Society (E.C.A.S.), with participation by Anime Arsenal Entertainment.

For additional information, contact Melissa at (910) 483-7727 ext. 306 and stay tuned to the calendar of events for more information.  If you’re feeling adventurous check out the unofficial website created by the E.C.A.S.

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