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50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults
Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1552-3
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $49.00
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184 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 9780838915523
Year Published: 2017
AP Categories: A, C, I
This book of ready-to-go programs and events 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 the three best-selling authors 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.
Filled with projects and ideas that can be used with a variety of fandoms and interests, this programming book will ensure both quick planning and great turnout.
Table of Contents

Tips and Tricks for Fandom Events

Festivals and Programs
Crossover Parties
  • 50 Shades of Hot Books
  • Mystery Mayhem
  • What’s Trending?
Fantastic Favorites
  • Creature Creations
  • Fan Fiction
  • Game of Thrones
  • Shadowhunters Library Institute
  • Sherlock Fest
Gotta Game!
  • Big Board Games
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Old-School Video Games
Graphic Greats
  • Japanese Cultural Night
  • Vintage Comics
  • Writing and Selling Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Women in Comics
  • Zine Workshop
Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived and Will Never Die
  • Beyond Harry Book Discussion
  • Harry Potter Food Fest—Butterbeer and Jelly Bean Tasting
  • Harry Potter Wearables and More
  • Quidditch
Historical Isn’t What It Used to Be
  • The Great Depression and Wartime
  • Medieval Fest
  • Time Travel
  • Victorian Charm
Horror and Thrillers
  • Killer Stephen King Night
  • LARPing, Ninja Workouts, Self-Defense, and Fencing
  • Survival in the Wild
  • Zombies and the Walking Dead
Literally Old School
  • Book Fair
  • Book Fandoms
  • Coloring and Preschool and Kid Book Favorites
  • Locked in the Library
  • My Little Pony
  • Pokémon
Sports Are for Everyone
  • March Madness
  • Super Bowl
  • Women in Sports
  • World Cup
  • WWE
Steampunk It Up
  • Creating Steampunk Outfits
  • Ship Design Contest
  • Tea Party
  • Timely Jewelry
Superhero and Movie Tie-Ins
  • Avengers versus X-Men
  • Batman Day
  • Superhero School
Amazingly Vintage Sci-Fi
  • Doctor Who
  • Star Trek Night
  • Star Wars: May the Fourth Be with You and Free Comic Book Day
Comic Con
  • Action Figures Assemble
  • Art and Collector Fest
  • Cape and Mask Design
  • Costume Contests
  • Fandom Frenzy
About the Authors

About the Authors

Amy J. Alessio
is an award-winning librarian with a black belt in karate. She is the coauthor of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015) and Club Programs for Teens (ALA Editions, 2015). She teaches graduate-level young adult literature and conducts dozens of webinars every year, including ones on the topic of social media for book lovers. Amy enjoys sharing her passion for Jell-O and kolackies with 30 local and national audiences a year during interactive presentations on vintage cookbooks and crafts. 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

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 the coauthor of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015). She has a personal and professional appreciation for and interest in pop culture and has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and programming for adults in their 20s and 30s. 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 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 and coauthored A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015). She is passionate about expanding librarian and patron appreciation for and knowledge of comics and graphic novels. A pop culture fanatic, 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 many collections—especially those of Jaws and Jurassic Park memorabilia.

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