Our 2nd annual LibraryCon event was a blast! Thanks to everyone who came. Stay tuned to this page for future events! See the details from 2023’s event below.
Come together for our 2nd LibraryCon event on June 17, 10 am to 1 pm at FSPL! See more details or sign up as a special guest or volunteer below.
Have you written a book? Do you have a talent, hobby, or skill you’d like to lead a program or workshop for? Click this link to sign up as our talent: Local Authors or Presenters
Would you like to cosplay a family-friendly character (and have attendees take photos with you), help out with setup or cleanup, bring food, run a trivia game, tabletop gaming session, or another activity? Would you serve as a judge for our cosplay contest? Sign up here: Volunteers, Donors, and Judges
What is LibraryCon? It’s a chance to come together as a community! Cosplay a character from a favorite fandom or invent your own. Meet local authors and artists, play trivia and other games, eat, learn, and more! See photos from our first event, in 2019, here.
Meet Local Authors!
Local authors will sell and sign their books and chat with fans for the duration of the event in our downstairs computer room.
Local Author Maranda Collins
Maranda Collins is an international award-winning author from Chanute, Kansas. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Wade, and they are the proud parents of two adult children, Sage and Lawson. In addition to her writing career, Maranda works with Wade running their ag businesses. Her passions include agriculture, travel, and writing.
Local Author Maria Whitson
Maria enjoys writing books that have educational messages as well as books that encourage good character. When you open one of the books in “The Lessons from the Least” series, you will find two stories illustrated though only one is narrated. In the back of the book, one can find the reference on where to find the narration for the second story. This unique approach in story telling, makes it a delight for the children as they can discover the layers of the story in their own timing. Maria’s hope is that her books will not only be a fun experience for the readers, but also an inspiration to children as they encounter life’s choices. The books provide a spring board for parents to have conversations with kids in order to talk about how to deal with emotions and tough situations. “Lessons from the Least” is a series that was inspired when Maria Whitson was in college and her professor asked the students to create and illustrate a children’s book. Since then, Maria is now married and has five children and lives on a little farm south of Fort Scott. Her husband owns a publishing company and has published four of her books. The other books in the series will be published as Maria and the illustrator get them completed.
Local Author MaryBarbara McKay
Mary Barbara McKay moved to Southeast Kansas in 1996 with her husband, Roderick McKay. She has a degree in English from Creighton University, 1970, with supporting courses in Art, Philosophy and Secondary Education. Her first book, The Good Horses, was published in 2019. It has poems, Scripture quotations, her own drawings, paintings and photographs as well as stories of the 8 horses who graced their property. Her second book is Writings from Vietnam. It was published in 2022. It is a compilation of her husband’s letters to her from Vietnam in 1969-1970. To read her full bio, click here.
Local Author Ronda Hassig
Ronda Hassig is a retired, nationally board-certified middle school library media specialist. Ronda works part-time writing grants and the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. Born in historic Lawrence, Kansas, she has always loved studying the Civil War, thus “The Abduction of Jacob Rote.” Her second book “The Greatest Test of Courage” is set in WWII Philippines and involves a family member that was a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Ronda lives by the mantra “Books, travel and dogs make life worth living!”
Presenter Jan Hedges, Hedgehog.INK!
Word Weavers Workshops
An introduction to the art of weaving words into a poem, story, song, etc.
Participants will be involved in writing activities. Writing materials will be provided.
Children 12 & under 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. in the downstairs event room
Teens & Adults 13 & above 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. in the downstairs event room
Tabletop Gaming with Sarah Klassen
Join Sarah Klassen for tabletop gaming.
All ages – 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m in the upstairs main circulation room.
Make Your Own Merch – Cricut Style with Miss Val
Learn the basics of using the Cricut Maker 3 and create your own vinyl sticker – great for personalizing your laptop, thermos, water bottle, phone case, etc.
All ages – children must be supervised by an adult at all times. – 10:15 a.m.
Come in a family-friendly costume and enter our 2nd cosplay contest! All ages can enter, and costumes will be judged in multiple categories.
We are still seeking judges for our contest. If you would like to serve as a judge, sign up here: Judges
Cosplay contest – 12:45 p.m. in the downstairs computer room
Trivia with Casey and Sypher
Show your skills and earn prizes! See our trivia topics below. Trivia will be held in the main room upstairs.
10:30 – Pokémon Trivia with Casey
11:00 – Mythology Trivia with Sypher
11:30 – Mystery Trivia with Casey
12:30 – Geography Trivia with Sypher
Try out our Random Fandoms trivia on Kahoot anytime during our event as well, for a chance at more prizes!
Digital Scavenger Hunt with Miss Val
Noon – Starts upstairs in the Main Circulation Room
Go on a digital scavenger hunt and learn more about our library. Miss Val will give each team a list of items to find and a time limit. Find and photograph them all in time to earn a prize for each team member!
Activity & Play Area for Kids
Come to the children’s room for kids’ activities throughout our event! We’ll have crafts and toys to keep your little ones busy and smiling. Adult supervision required at all times for kids under 6 and under.
All the trivia, workshops, gaming, and author meetings can work up an appetite! We have you covered. Stop by our refreshments table in the hall leading to the stairs and keep those energy levels up with free treats. Remember to keep food and drinks away from our books!