New Workshop—Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/17/2017


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library with Ellyssa Kroski. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific .

Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Cosplay?! What is that? It’s costume play and it’s a rapidly-growing pastime among teens and adults – basically, people of all ages!

In this workshop, avid cosplayer and librarian Ellyssa Kroski will introduce you to the amazing world of cosplay. She will cover the tools and techniques used by cosplayers, the many different types of events you can host (library comic cons, anime cons, cosplay events, themed library lock-ins and more!), and how to reach out to your cosplay community to get them involved. Kroski will provide numerous examples of how libraries are incorporating cosplay into their programming and how these programs are bringing in new patrons, encouraging use of graphic novel and comic collections, and getting people of all ages engaged with the library.

You will also be able to share and learn from the other participants’ experiences with cosplay and library programming. You’ll walk away from this workshop brimming with ideas for new library programs that will wow your patrons!

After participating in this workshop, you will have:

  • A solid understanding of the cosplay pastime, including what it is; what types of materials are used to create costumes, armor, and props; where cosplay occurs; and how to connect to the cosplay community.
  • Tangible cosplay programming ideas that you can use to host events at your library.
  • The guidance and knowledge to successfully implement cosplay into your events and programs.

About the Instructor

Ellyssa Kroski is an avid cosplayer who has appeared on TLC's Cake Boss TV show, in the official music video for New York Comic Con, and at many other events. She is also a librarian, an award-winning editor and author of 36 books, an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University and Drexel University, and an international conference speaker. Find her professional portfolio at and her cosplay portfolio at

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