A Mini-Con, a locally-organized comic convention, will kick off this year’s Summer Reading Program at the Blount County Public Library. Special activities, appropriate for the entire family, will continue all day for all ages.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Come in early to check out book displays, take pictures in front of the photo booth background—and more—before you get busy at events! Activities and events will continue until 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the library. Wear a costume for the chance to win cool prizes at our end-of-the-day costume contest.
Many of the activities, food and prizes are made possible by the Blount County Friends of the Library.
► Get the Summer Reading Brochure for full information
Some specific programs and times
- 10:30 a.m.
- Sign up begins for the Summer Reading Program – at any library service desk.
- 11:30 a.m.
- Comic Book Self-Publishing (Dorothy Herron Room). Dr. Rick Norwood of ETSU, owner of Manuscript Press, will discuss his own independent publishing company and how self-publishing has changed through the years.
- A Brief History of Video Games (Sharon Lawson Room). Jennifer Spirko, Reference Assistant at Blount County Public Library has published academically and taught on gaming.
- Superhero Story Time (Children’s Library). Join other families for a special superhero storytime, featuring books, songs, and more to get you in the hero spirit!
- 12:30 p.m.
- Lunch provided.
- Trivia: Are You a Super Geek? (Dorothy Herron Room). With Jeopardy Champ, Jennifer Spirko, test your trivia know-how with questions drawn from nerd-dom: SF/F movies, television, books, video games, comics and manga, real-world science and math, and fandom.
- Family Movie Screening of Big Hero 6 (Sharon Lawson Room). Watch the hit, an Oscar-winning animated feature about science kids turned superheroes with an assist from a very special robot. Rated PG.
- 2:30 p.m.
- Fanfic: What, Where, Why, How? (Sharon Lawson Room).What is fan fiction and where can you find it? How do you create it? And why would anyone want to? Our panel will wax poetical about this very popular but much-maligned genre and provide tips on reading and writing fanfic.
- Anime and Manga (Dorothy Herron Room). Presentation on Sailor Moon and Art Deco by Dr. Jon LaCure, Professor of Japanese, Emeritus, a previous presenter at Kajonk-a-Con in Knoxville.
- Kid Drawing Workshop (Children’s area). Jordan Dronebarger, a local artist, will show kids how to create their own superhero!
- 3:30 p.m.
- Movie Magic Makeup Demo (Dorothy Herron Room). Emily Queen, Maryville College theatre alum, and Liz Crout of Dizzie Lizzie FX, will demonstrate stage and movie makeup effects for teens and adults, who will also have the opportunity to try for themselves and make some gory wounds of their own.
- Cosplay 101 (Sharon Lawson Room). Local cosplayers will talk about their experiences and showcase some of their coolest cosplays so that audience members can learn a little about how to do it and why it’s fun.
- Outdoor Obstacle Course Challenge. Show off your superheroes with an outdoor obstacle course. Leap over tall buildings in a single bound, break through brick walls, defuse bombs, and defeat the villain to save the world!
- 4:30 p.m.
- Costume Contest
Throughout the day
Children, be prepared to show off your superhero skills at an outdoor obstacle course, enjoy a super story time, learn to draw your own heroes and more. Plus, you can settle in for a couple of hours with a fun family movie screening! Lunch will be provided to attendees, and stuff will be happening all day so don’t miss out! Events will be throughout the library.
Every Hero Has a Story! will be the theme of the Children’s Summer Reading Programs which will continue from May 23 through August 1. Register at any desk to win prizes by reading, attending events and enjoying other fun stuff.
Children and their parents can also watch a 30-second YouTube video sponsored by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Teens and Adults
Teens and Adults can participate in activities that will include panels and speakers on Anime and Manga, comic book self-publishing, Cosplay 101, and the history of video games. Wear a costume to gain a chance to win the costume contest. There will be gaming, comic illustration lessons, vendors and much more!
Brush up on your trivia knowledge and participate in a trivia game hosted by Jeopardy winner, Jennifer Spirko.
More activities will be happening all day, so don’t miss out! These fun events will be held throughout the library.
Teens: Unmasked! will be the theme of the Teen Summer Reading Program which will continue from May 23 through August 1. Register at any desk for a chance to win weekly prizes by reading, attending events, and enjoying other fun reading activities.
Adults: Escape the Ordinary will be the theme of the Adult Summer Reading Program which will continue from May 23 through July 27. Why should the kids have all the fun? Adults, sign up for summer reading! Win daily prizes and a grand prize. For more information, register at any service desk in the library.
Throughout the summer, adults are invited to participate in some interactive fun in these venues:
- Who’s Your Hero?
Is there someone you especially look up to? Write the names of your personal heroes on paper around columns in the library’s main gallery. Let Blount County know who your heroes are!
- Heroes vs. Villains
Vote for your most valiant hero and dastardly villain each day at the Bookmark Café and track results on columns in the main gallery and on social media.
For Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Patrons: The Adult Manual Bibliography at http://www.loc.gov/nls/find.html provides a list of books for adults from the 2015 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) that are available through the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). NLS provides these books through regional libraries known as Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPHs). To find your local LBPH, go to http://www.loc.gov/nls/find.html All books with the prefix “DB” (audio books) and some with the prefix “BR” (braille books) are available for LBPH patrons to download through Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD).
Open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.