MegaMania is an annual event that aims to bring educational aspects of comic book and cosplay culture to youth who may not otherwise have access to large comic cons. Though planned primarily for teens, people of all ages are welcome to attend and explore cosplay opportunities, gaming demonstrations, local author panels, art workshops and more.
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Teach grandparents to amaze and entertain their grandchildren with a few simple magic tricks.
At the South Sioux City Public Library, we encourage our staff and volunteers to share their unique talents and interests with our patrons through programs. In my 45 years as an amateur magician, I have found that kids are amazed and delighted by simple magic tricks. Our library has offered kids' magic classes for a while; Magical Grandparents was an outgrowth of that idea.
It all started with a book, "Rad American Women A-Z," featuring profiles of 26 diverse women: artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rebels. Before long, Oakland Public Library staff came to work dressed as the Notorious RBG, astronaut Sally Ride and activist-author Angela Davis.
In 2012, the Youth Services team at Skokie Public Library decided to create a summer reading initiative for middle school youth. We all know that pleasure reading takes a nosedive when kids hit middle school — something about all those junior high reading assignments — and we wanted to see if we could help to change that.
This was a workshop that was taught by a local artist who specializes in graffiti, comics, cartooning and anime, among other art forms. We hosted this workshop as part of our teen summer reading workshop. Our summer reading program theme was "Hocus Pocus: Discover the Magic at Your Library!" We wanted one area that we focused on to be art, so a Magic of Comics and Cartooning workshop was a good fit.
The More Than a Month series is the library's yearlong exploration of the African diaspora, revealing black history beyond its February traditions, and placed within American history at large. The name is inspired by the documentary film "More Than a Month" by Shukree Tilghman.