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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.

Tips and Tricks for Fandom Event


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

Amy J. Alessio

Amy Alessio is an award winning librarian with a black belt in karate. She has co-authored several programming books for ALA Editions, including 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editons, 2017). She has conducted several webinars for the American Library Association on programming. She reviews mysteries and romances for Booklist and has authored and edited several other works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a former board member for YALSA. She foists her passion for vintage food trends and retro crafts at local and national workshops and on her blog. She has over 1000 vintage cookbooks and still owns her 80’s Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Learn more at http://www.amyalessio.com.

Katie LaMantia

Katie LaMantia is a collection development librarian at Baker and Taylor. She previously worked as a teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois and is a former Teen Advisory Board member turned librarian. She is the co-author of the books Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018), 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. In her spare time 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 niche library programming and coauthored the books A Year of Programs for Millennials and More (ALA Editions, 2015), 50+ Fandom Programs (ALA Editions, 2017), and Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editions, 2018). 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.

”An excellent resource for librarians who want to provide their patrons an opportunity to interact with others who share their passion for a series, genre, television show, game, sport, and much more."

”Most of the supplies needed for the events are easily and inexpensively procured and the variety of activities and crafts provide for both elaborate and simple programming options. This is an excellent book for both public and school librarians looking for fun, different, and pre-planned programming ideas."
— Catholic Library World

”Step-by-step, adaptable directions provide inspiration for both proven and emerging crowd-pleasing themes ... A great addition to public library professional collections."
— Booklist