New Workshop: Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/23/2017


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, March 23, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Library programming is a popular way to motivate and engage patrons—no surprise there! In this workshop, popular duo Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci, known for their successful workshop “Building Great Programs for Patrons in their 20s and 30s”, will teach you the “ins” and “outs” of hosting your own Comic Con that will draw new and returning patrons into your library! They’ll provide tips that will work for an array of budgets and library spaces. Katie and Emily will first introduce you to what exactly a Comic Con is—how it involves more than just comics and graphic novels—and why pop culture is relevant and reaches across demographics and ages to reenergize library programming. Next, you’ll discover key tips for planning, organizing, and promoting your own Con and how you can tap into community resources and discover hidden gems to form key partnerships. You’ll leave this workshop with the tools to create your own plan for a Comic Con tailored to your library.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the many components that go into creating a successful Comic Con
  • Learn how to create an action plan that includes a timeframe and organization chart
  • Have the know-how to market and budget your event
  • Ideas for seeking new community partnerships
  • Confidence to try new programming that reach new patrons and enliven current ones

About the Instructors

Katie LaMantia is a Teen Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is a former teen advisory board member turned Teen Librarian and is co-founder of NextGen, a social group for people in their 20s and 30s. She has a personal and professional appreciation and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and 20s and 30s programming. When not running teen programs, tinkering with technology, and finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities. Katie is also a co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More.
Emily Vinci is an Adult Fiction Librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library where she co-founded NextGen, a social group for people in their 20s and 30s. She has interests in expanding library appreciation and knowledge of comics and graphic novels, as well as catering to hard-to-reach demographics such as the 20s and 30s crowd. A pop culture fiend, she is always looking for new ways to incorporate popular culture into the public library. When she isn’t working, she can usually be found reading comic books, watching movies, or curating her collections of Jaws and Jurassic Park memorabilia. Emily is also a co-author of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More.

Registration for this ALA Editions Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

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