Fandom programs, festivals, and events at your public library

CHICAGO — The new book “50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults,” published by ALA Editions, will help public libraries give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to the library again and again. Fandom programming can require planning across departments, tie-ins to collections and community partnerships, and targeted marketing. But the fun content cooked up by best-selling authors Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci in this guide makes it easy to stay organized every step of way, with events broken down into components that streamline planning and facilitates coordination. Adaptable for a wide range of ages, this resource:

  • covers all the basics of how to host a fandom event, including prep time, length of program, number of patrons, budget, and supplies needed;
  • suggests an age range (tweens, teens, millennials, older adults) for each program while also offering ways to tailor it to different groups;
  • presents such imaginative and engaging programming ideas as 50 Shades of Hot Books, Old School Video Games, Women in Comics, Creating Steampunk Outfits, Superhero School, and many more;
  • provides ideas for perennial fan favorites like Harry Potter, horror stories, and sports; and
  • gives tips on how to stay current with what’s popular and ways to incorporate popular activities like cosplay, trivia, and movie-oke.

The authors will present a program based on their book at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. Previously they cowrote “A Year of Programs for Millennials and More,” also published by ALA Editions.

Alessio is an award-winning librarian who teaches graduate-level young adult literature and conducts dozens of webinars every year, including ones on the topic of social media for book lovers. She reviews romance titles for Booklist and has written and edited several works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a former board member for the Young Adult Library Services Association. Learn more at www.amyalessio.com. LaMantia is a teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. A former Teen Advisory Board member turned teen librarian, she has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and programming for adults in their 20s and 30s. Vinci is an adult fiction librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois, where she cofounded NextGen, a social group for people in their 20s and 30s. She has presented many times about building great programs for patrons in their 20s and 30s.

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50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults
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