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IMG_5677 How Lib-Con Started
Conventions celebrating comics, manga, anime, movies, and fandom are increasing in popularity. They allow us to feel comfortable to "geek" out and share our love of pop culture with others. Library staff also love these conventions and created a local mini-convention to connect our community with wonderful activities. Started by librarian Ann Mount, Lib-Con made its debut in 2014 and has continued to grow each year.
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The People Behind Lib-Con
A handful of library staff work hard to plan activities. As a committee, we work towards organizing great programs for all to enjoy. This committee is headed by librarian Ann Mount, who coordinated this event since its creation in 2014. Along with additional staff from all three library branch locations, we're excited to plan and offer a host of great activities for the community to enjoy each year.
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The Goals of Lib-Con
We want to provide everyone with a fun experience at the library and celebrate the inner geek in us all. This event is a way for enthusiasts, and others who may be interested, to gather and engage in a number of events. Come out, have fun, meet new people, spend time with family & friends, and build the love for anime, manga, video games, movies, fandom, and more in Abilene.
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Celebration of Geekdom
Although the term "geek" started off with negative meanings, people have transformed it into something positive. Whatever your passion, at Lib-Con we geek out for all things related to anime, movies, manga, and more, and we have no problem celebrating our geekdom. "Geek" out with us at Lib-Con @ Your Library. You'll certainly be in great company.
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Connecting the Community with a Mini-Convention
Major conventions can be too far or costly to attend. Your library is connecting you with the features of a convention, on a smaller scale, to bring the fun to Abilene. With a variety of activities hosted throughout the week, we encourage everyone to come out and join us. Even if you're unfamiliar with what Lib-Con is all about, attending our events will offer you a great opportunity to change that.
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Partnerships with Businesses & Local Organizations
Lib-Con offers great partnerships with businesses and organizations in the community, who make a presence each annual convention. From gaming exhibitors to those selling collectibles, there's a host of great stations to visit each year.  Bring a little extra cash and find some great deals at your library.  If you're interested in participating as an exhibitor, be sure to visit our Vendor Page for details and information on how to register for 2017.
We plan to continue making Lib-Con a regular annual event. Our committee will continue to look for more programming to offer, enhancing features of each annual event, adding more vendors, and more to help us grow in the community.

 

Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to attend?
Nothing; all activities are FREE. The only costs will be on the final day where you will need to pay for your own items purchased from available food trucks or vendor areas. Food and beverages are allowed inside the library for many Lib-Con activities.(without lids) must remain outside of the library unless participating in our movie showings. Food items will be accepted in these rooms only.
Do I need to register?
The majority of activities do not require registration with the exception of the Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Skits, Cosplay Chess, and the Art Contest (when offered).
What do I need to bring?
Nothing; we'll supply all materials needed.
Am I required to wear a costume?
No; although everyone is welcome to do so, it's completely voluntary.
If my child is younger than the ages listed for an event, can he/she attend?
Yes; the ages provided are guidelines. We welcome everyone to attend all events, but parents/guardians will be required to be present with a child if participating in functions aimed at an older audience.
What if I'm not sure about how appropriate a movie showing is for my child?
We'll provide you with ratings for all Lib-Con films. It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to determine if it is appropriate to view a featured film.
Is there something at Lib-Con for adults to enjoy?
Yes; we'll provide activities including exhibitor booths, movie showings, gaming sessions, a Cosplay Contest, and more. Be on the lookout for the events we have planned and come out to the ones of interest to you.
Will my kids like Lib-Con if they don't know anything about anime?
Yes; Lib-Con is for everyone and we've got plenty of activities appealing to kids.
Can I volunteer to help?
Yes and on a limited basis. If interested in volunteering, download, print, and submit a Lib-Con Volunteer Application and return to Ann Mount at the Main Library (202 Cedar St.).
Can my organization participate in Lib-Con as an Exhibitor?
Yes; Exhibitor Registration Forms and information are available on our Vendor Page and we encourage everyone to take part in this event.
Are there age restrictions on the Cosplay Contest?
If wanting to compete for prizes, participants need to be at least 7-years-old. There will be a special category for youth ages 0-6 to present their costumes, accompanied by a parent/guardian.
What types of food will be available at Lib-Con?
Local food trucks will be available at the Main Library on the final day of Lib-Con. Although Lib-Con activities are free, guests will be responsible for their food purchases. Each year we do offer a great options including vendors selling burgers, fish, desserts, and more.


MAIN LIBRARY
202 Cedar St.
Abilene, TX 79601
PH: 325-677-2474

HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon, Tues, Thurs | 9AM - 9PM
Wed, Fri, Sat | 9AM - 6PM
Sundays | Closed

SOUTH BRANCH
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
Abilene, TX 79606
PH: 325-698-7565

HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon, Tues, Thurs | 10AM - 9PM
Wed, Fri, Sat | 10AM - 6PM
Sundays | 1PM - 6PM

MOCKINGBIRD BRANCH
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
Abilene, TX 79603
PH: 325-437-7323

HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon, Tues, Thurs | 9AM - 9PM
Wed, Fri, Sat | 9AM - 6PM
Sundays | Closed

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