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Librari*Con is an annual event celebrating fandoms and all things geeky and fun! 

This year, the eighth-annual Librari*Con has gone virtual. During the two-day event on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in live gaming events*, view presentations by local artists, check out the virtual Creator’s Alley, put together a take-home craft*, participate in our cosplay contest**, and more! Grab your favorite snack, invite your friends, and join us from the comfort of your own couches! 

*Be sure to sign up for your spot on our online Event Calendar!

**Read the rules and sign up for the cosplay contest

Schedule of events

Friday

  • 11 AM 90s Escape Room
  • 12 PM Shelf Indulgence
  • 2 PM Kendo demonstration
  • 3 PM Minecraft
  • 5 PM Luminary craft
  • 5:30 PM Fandom Bracelets
  • 6 PM D&D

Saturday

  • 10 AM Steve Harpster
  • 11 AM D&D
  • 1 PM Puzzle craft
  • 1:30 PM Manga drawing
  • 2 PM Steampunk character creation
  • 3 PM Jackbox gaming
  • 6 PM Cosplay showcase

Description of Friday’s events

Escape the 90s challenge

 Friday, November 6, 11 AM

Escape the 90s is an interactive digital escape game where players use their wits to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape.

Oh snap! The vacation you booked through a discount travel agency is a disaster. Instead of luxurious accommodations, you’re stuck in a dumpy cabin in the middle of nowhere. And the free Internet advertised? It’s dial-up! Whatever. As soon as you tried to get onto the internet, there was a strange buzzing noise, error messages, and all of a sudden, you’re trapped in a digital version of the 90s! Can you figure out how to escape? Or will it be hasta la vista, baby?

Manga/Graphic Novels with Shelf Indulgence

Friday, November 6, 12 PM

Vic and Kaity test out their drawing skills as they discuss the difference between manga and graphic novels. Watch them duke it out for this special Librari*Con episode!

Kendo demonstration video

Friday, November 6, 2 PM

Join Chris George, of the Northern Kentucky Kendo Club and the University of Cincinnati Kendo Club, for a presentation on the history of the traditional Japanese martial art of Kendo and an overview of techniques and common misconceptions.

Minecraft

Friday, November 6, 3 PM

Rule #1: Never dig straight down! Join Vic and Mary as they face the challenges of the world of Minecraft! Who will come out on top? Who will be the victor? Who will give a Creeper a hug? Tune in LIVE to find out! Minecraft will be played via Zoom. Register to receive the Zoom link.

Luminary craft

Friday, November 6, 5 PM

Looking for a dazzling way to show pride for your favorite fandoms? Join us as we craft luminary light sources with items you may already have around your house that can be repurposed and upcycled into something new and nerdy that represents what you love!

Fandom bracelet craft

Friday, November 6, 5:30 PM

Now you can easily show off your favorite fandom with our popsicle bracelet craft! All you need is a popsicle stick, gently bent into shape while wet and dried to keep its shape, some Mod Podge or other glue, and a piece of paper from a comic, advertisement, or other form of paper showing your favorite fandom, cut into the shape of the popsicle stick. Follow along and pause as much as you need to in order to make your own fandom bracelet. Register to get your own supplies from the library – glue not included!

D&D basics video

Friday, November 6, 6 PM

D&D, or Dungeons & Dragons, has been one of the most popular tabletop games since its creation in 1974 – so what is it? Find out how to get started fighting dragons and exploring dungeons in this brief video with Mary and Vic. Don’t forget to tune in on Saturday, 11/7, to watch us play One-Shot D&D Adventure!

Description of Saturday’s events

Steve Harpster

Steve Harpster

Saturday, November 7, 10 AM

Join Steve Harpster for a graphic novel drawing workshop! Steve Harpster, author of books such as How to Draw Video Games, has illustrated over 100 books and has taught kids all over the world how to draw. Visit our Facebook page to see the workshop streamed live.

D&D One-Shot: Adventurers’ University

Saturday, November 7, 11 AM

Roll for Initiative! Join our Dungeon Master, Mary, and her four players – Margaret, Ross, Kaity, and Vic, as they go on a One-Shot Adventure in the library of Adventurers’ University! Will our college freshmen save the library and get a good grade on their midterm group project? The only way to find out is to tune in and watch!

Puzzle craft

Saturday, November 7, 1 PM

Love to draw? Join us for a demonstration on how to draw a simple 20 sided die from tabletop gaming. We’ll use a blank puzzle as our canvas that you can register for online and pick up at your local library branch! Or, use your puzzle to let your imagination run wild and draw anything your heart desires. Get creative and show off your skills!

Manga drawing

Saturday, November 7, 1:30 PM

Steampunk character creation

Saturday, November 7, 2 PM

Jackbox gaming

Saturday, November 7, 3 PM

Join us for a session of live virtual party games through Jackbox Games! Sign up for one of two 45-minute time slots. Participants will be emailed a Zoom invitation prior to the event. Didn’t snag a spot? Some of the games include audience participation, so find us on the live stream and join in the fun!
Best Group Cosplay 2018

Cosplay showcase

Saturday, November 7, 5 PM

Librari*Con has been different this year, but as usual, we’re topping things off with a presentation of your cosplay skills! Experience all of the wonderful Cosplays put together by our patrons this year and find out the winners for our random prize drawing.

Library Science Fair 2021

library science fair

Do you have an idea you’d like to test or a problem that needs to be solved? Turn it into a Science Fair project and record a video for our virtual event in 2021! Visit the Library Science Fair web page for more information and resources about creating and submitting your project. Gift card prizes awarded to the top three projects in each age category.