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50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults

Alessio, Amy J., Katie LaMantia, & . 160p. illus. index. ALA. May 2017. pap. $49. ISBN 9780838915523.
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Library program planners who connect with avid fans have a ready-made audience for events. Alessio (Club Programs for Teens), LaMantia (Schaumburg Township District Library, IL), and Vinci (Schaumburg Township District Library, IL), coauthors of A Year of Programs for Millennials and More, provide a basic guide for drawing tween, teen, and adult fans into the library. The book covers an assortment of interests, such as sports, gaming, steampunk, anime, and history, as well as beloved book, toy, movie, and television franchises. Demonstrating their programming experience, Alessio, LaMantia, and Vinci provide detailed instructions on shopping lists, preparation time, crafts and games, program length, recommended number of attendees, and more. Many of the suggestions are suitable for patrons of various ages—perfect for those engaged in multigenerational programming. Readers will also come away with marketing ideas, including partnerships with appropriate businesses, along with hints for keeping staff informed and engaged.
VERDICT Library staff involved in programming will appreciate this resource for its no-fail directions and wealth of material.

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