Loudoun Library Hits Awesome Con

Loudoun County Public Library was at Awesome Con in Washington, DC over the weekend—the only public library with a booth among the thronging nerds and fans at DC’s annual comics convention.

Library representatives displayed information about the library and creations from the 3D printers in its Makerspace, which are available to anyone with a library card, free to people to live, work, or own property or a business in Loudoun County. People living in neighboring jurisdictions may also be eligible.

“The idea was to reach people who might not be current library users and make them aware of all of our resources,” said Sheila Ryan, Head of Makerspace at Brambleton Library and the person who coordinated the library’s booth at the convention. “We tailor what we highlight to our audience and what’s currently popular. That’s why you saw a lot of projects that were made in our Makerspaces that were Marvel and Star Wars themed. We chose Star Wars this year because we wanted to promote our adults only after-hours event in July. Last year we had a lot of Game of Thrones and Black Panther projects.”

And Ryan said the library has a large graphic novel collection both in print and in e-books.

Ryan said 16 library staff helped the library reach nearly 2,500 people over the course of three days. It was the only public library at the convention.

While most of the booths on the convention floor revolved around movies, comics, TV shows and games, some other government agencies were also on hand, like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Learn more about Loudoun County Public Library at library.loudoun.gov.

The new Gum Springs Library is a good example of the evolution of libraries. It features makerspace rooms, equipped with tools like laser cutters and 3D printers to help visitors imagine and create. [Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now]

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