SOUTHINGTON — Lightsaber training, superhero bingo, a video game truck and a costume creation contest are among the offerings during the Southington Library’s ComiCon on Saturday.
The event, in its third year, is spearheaded by children’s librarian Molly Virello. She works at comic conventions around New England and has been hosting superhero programming at the library for the past seven years.
This year, the teen and adult departments are also involved.
“Of course all of our live superheroes and princesses are coming down to take pictures and hang out with everybody,” she said. There will be many cosplay enthusiasts that Virello knows from conventions and who have been to the library for previous events.
The comicon starts with a singalong with Moana, a Disney character. The Wallingford based Connecticut Saber Guild will be giving lightsaber training and there will be storytimes and crafts for kids.
Teens can play games at the video game truck or take part in a Pokémon tournament.
Adults can attend a panel on making costumes, sewing and working with foam and can try their hand at it in a contest.
“You get a box of random things and you get to put together a costume with those things,” Virello said.
Kenzie Kakes will be selling cupcakes and local Boy Scouts will also be providing snacks. An ice cream truck will also be at the library.
Virello said the event now has a following among local library patrons.
“They ask about it now which is pretty cool,” she said.
Library Director Kristi Sadowski said Virello’s superhero and other character events are a big draw.
“Right when I started they did a superheroes and princesses event,” Sadowski said. “You could barely move there were so many people here. It was fantastic.”
She was glad there were events this year for adults and teens.
“We’re thrilled this is going to be a great kickoff to summer,” Sadowski said.