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

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$60.00
ALA Member: 
$ 54.00
Item Number:
1541-9191
Date(s): 
Day:  April 5, 2018
Time:  2:30pm to 4:00pm EDT
Delivery Method: 
Live
Duration: 
90 minutes
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, April 5, 2018, 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 convention 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 convention tailored to your library.

After participating in this workshop, you will

  • 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
  • Have ideas for seeking new community partnerships
  • Have the confidence to try new programming that reach new patrons and enliven current ones

While completing your purchase, fill in the name and e-mail address of the participant who will sign in to the event by clicking the "Attendees" button to the right of the item in your cart. This individual will receive an e-mail from WebEx confirming registration before the event begins. Attendees should add messenger@webex.com to their approved email sender list, so they can ensure that they receive the automatic notifications.

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Katie LaMantia

Katie LaMantia is an award-winning teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. A former Teen Advisory Board member and current teen librarian and 20–30-something, she has a personal as well as a professional interest in serving the needs of this demographic. She has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and technology. When not running teen programs, tinkering with technology, and finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities.

Emily Vinci

Emily Vinci is a popular services librarian specializing in adult readers' advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. 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.

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

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Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription, live captioning, or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.