Join the Austin Public Library (APL) for Wrath of Cons, a series of mini conventions with a heavy focus on celebrating several currently hot subgenres of teen literature. The 2012 Summer Reading Program's series of mini-convention for teens includes YomiCon, RoboCon, FracNFairyCon, and ApocaCon. Each mini-con features genre-related book discussions, themed activities, costume contests, anime and movie showings, theme-related snacks, giant book displays and more. Wrath of Cons is free and open to the public. It’s a great way to celebrate your favorite genre of teen books and learn about new ones! Be sure to check out the youth blog for updates on events and contests. For more information please call 512-974-7400 or visit www.austinsummerreading.org.
Wrath of Cons Summer Reading Teen Events
Con! Come nerd out at our teen summer reading program conventions this year. Costumes encouraged and rewarded.
Friday, June 8 from 3-8 p.m.
Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Our Anime/Manga Mega-Giganta-Con (seriously, it’s our mothership-con). Visit www.yomicon.org for details.
Friday, June 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Manchaca Rd. Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd.
We <3 Robots. Beep. Beep. Beep. Bot it up at Robocon with lego-bots, create-a-bot challenge, dance the robot, and more!
Friday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m.
University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln.
Fractured Fairy Tales Come to Life. Find the darkness in every story. Join us for a Mad Hatters tea party, Fairy Tale Dating Game, puppet making and more!
Fracnfairycon Art & Short Story Contests Rules
- You must be a teen to enter.
- Submissions are due by July 1st.
- Your work should reference a classic children’s story, a fairytale, or a folktale, and reinterpret the story with a dark twist.
- Please submit artwork and/or short story with your name, age, contact information, and what tale your work references.
Indicate that you want to be entered in the FRACNFAIRYCON Art Contest and/or Short Story Contest.
Stories should be 2 pages or less.
- Artwork must be appropriate for a teen event in a library setting.
- You can enter both contests, and submit as many entries as you would like.
Please submit your artwork with a media release form.
Submit artwork to your branch youth librarian or email Stephanie.Abbott@austintexas.gov
Friday, July 27 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.
It’s the end of the world as we know it. Test your survival skills, make your own mini survival kit, bring canned goods to barter & trade at the Trading Post Bar*, take a lesson in self defense and learn how to transform yourself (and your old teddy bear) into a Zombie.
*food will be donated to local food pantry
These programs are a part of the Summer Reading Program at the Austin Public Library, which encourages all youth to sign up and set a reading goal this summer. Once youth complete their reading goal, they can come back to the Library and select a prize book of their choice. This year we have great books for teens in a variety of formats and genres: new manga such as The Blue Exorcist and Bakuman, popular novels like Divergent and The Hunger Games, non-fiction like Draw Manga!, Monster Origami and more!