Festivals and Fandoms for Everyone: Community Events at Your Library eCourse

Festivals and Fandoms for Everyone: Community Events at Your Library eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

ALA Member: 
$ 157.50
Item Number:
From:  October 29, 2018
To:  November 18, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
3 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
18 Hours
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Festivals and fandom events are becoming more and more common in library programming. If you have never run or participated in this type of program, it can be intimidating. This course eliminates the intimidation factor and goes in depth into how to host festivals and fandom events for tweens, teens, adults, and families. You’ll gain resources for everything from planning to marketing. Expert instructors Amy Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci will provide hands-on, practical experience that will help you learn to design a program that fits your community’s needs and interests. You’ll discover key tips for planning, organizing, and promoting your event and learn how you can tap into community resources and discover hidden gems to form key partnerships.

By participating in this course, you will

  • Learn to efficiently identify fandom interests and types of festivals and connect them with patron interests;
  • Gain strategies in dealing with challenges of hosting cooperative or large events; and
  • Gain insights into how best to market programs and continue momentum for annual or more frequent events.

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on October 29, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructors Amy Alessio, Katie LaMantia, & Emily Vinci will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 3-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week One:

  • Introduction to types of festivals
  • Finding Fandoms and activities
  • Popular trends
  • Calendar of ideas

Week Two:

  • Navigating issues: space, budget, appealing to all ages, partners and cooperation
  • Low cost, no cost scavenger hunt of library activities
  • Fandoms by Genre
  • Fandom fun for different ages: plan event

Week Three:

  • Creative marketing, including social media and targeting messages by age appeal
  • Keeping momentum going – planning for annual events
  • Activities by Dewey number
  • Each participant will design a How-To festival plus provide ideas and participate in discussions throughout the course.

Amy Alessio

Amy Alessio is an award-winning librarian with a black belt in karate. Her latest book is the co-authored work Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018). Her fiction includes the Amazon bestselling Alana O'Neill mysteries with vintage recipes. She teaches graduate-level young adult literature and webinars on book trends and social media. She enjoys helping authors find readers through her work at AuthorRx, and she is a romance reviewer for Booklist. She teaches workshops on midcentury foods and crafts to share her passions for Jello and jewelry. Learn more at www.amyalessio.com.

Katie LaMantia

Katie LaMantia is a collection specialist at Baker and Taylor.  She previously worked as a teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is a former Teen Advisory Board member turned librarian and is the co-author of the books 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2017) and A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015). 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 books for young adults, she enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and extreme adventure activities.

Emily Vinci

Emily Vinci is the fiction manager at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries as well as creating programming that targets patrons in their 20s and 30s. She presents frequently about pop culture and millennial-targeted programming and coauthored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015) and 50+ Fandom Programs (ALA Editions, 2017). A lifelong lover of all things pop culture and an avid collector, currently has more than two hundred copies of the Jurassic Park films on VHS and is always looking for more.

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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