Virtual Author Talks, Escape Rooms, Scavenger Hunts, Presentations, Gaming, Cosplay Contest & More
From Anime to Fairies, there will be something for you!
Cosplay Contest Submissions
To participate in our virtual cosplay contest please email a photo of yourself in your cosplay outfit to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 5th. Please include your name, cosplay inspiration, phone number and email (so we can contact you if you win). Voting for best cosplay will begin November 16 on our Facebook page.
Join us from November 16th – November 22nd for a week of geek-tastic activities, panels, crafts, cosplay, and more!
Earn badges after each activity or event you participate in. Collect 6 badges in order to complete the challenge or collect them all!
Available at the Toms River Branch November 16 – November 22.
First Come, First Served Basis. While Supplies Last.
Stop by the Toms River Branch's Maker Space on the 2nd floor to pick up a geeky craft!
These programs will be held live on a virtual platform.
Please register for these programs in order to receive the link for viewing live.
Fairies vs Dragons: Who’s the Winged Winner?
Which group is better? Are you Team Dragon (Norwegian Ridgebacks, Puff, Smaug) or Team Fairy (Tinkerbell, Titania, Queen of the Winter Court)? Our experts will fight about it – er, that is, present completely rational arguments for each side as we attempt to settle this question once and for all. Please register.
CANCELLED—Dungeons and Dragons 101
Curious about the popular role-playing game, but don’t know where to begin? In this class, we will discuss how the game is played, what materials are needed to play, and we will answer any questions you may have about the game. This class is for people with little to no experience with Dungeons and Dragons. Please register.
THE LIVING DEAD: Daniel Kraus on the legacy of George A. Romero
George A. Romero invented the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, creating the monster that has become a key part of pop culture. Unfortunately, when he died, his final novel was incomplete. Enter horror and suspense author Daniel Kraus. A lifelong Romero fan, Kraus was honored to be asked, by Romero's widow, to complete THE LIVING DEAD (A Tor Hardcover, e-Book, and Macmillan Audio Book). Combining his extensive knowledge of Romero’s longtime themes and the filmmaker’s partial manuscript with prodigious research and his own talent and creativity, Daniel Kraus has created, in THE LIVING DEAD, the ultimate gift to Romero and horror fans. Join Kraus to hear about this unique writing process, the book, and the legacy of George A. Romero. Please register.
Writing for Books, Comics, and Video Games with Sam Maggs
Ever wondered how books, comics, and video games come to life? Join best-selling writer Sam Maggs as she takes you on a tour of writing for all three different mediums, and tells you how you can get started in your writing journey, too! Please register. Check out Sam Maggs books on OverDrive.
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
November 16th – November 30th
Are you a gaming champ? Use the library catalog, your knowledge of video games and their gaming systems to find the answers to the riddles in this video game scavenger hunt.
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Use the resources at theoceancountylibrary.org to answer some questions in order to obtain your hero license from All Might.
So, you like Stranger Things? You've watched the show and consider yourself an expert? Challenge yourself with a little trivia and then go re-watch the seasons.
November 16 – November 30
Compete against other participants to see who can earn the most points and win prizes in this anime trivia game!
Virtual Escape Room
Escape the crowded convention and break into the hidden V.I.P. room, where you've heard there is a special guest hanging out.
Virtual Escape Room
You are trapped in the unknown fifth dimension where anything frightful and imaginable is possible. Challenge your fears and solve the mystery in order to escape.
Where does your loyalty lie in the Marvel vs DC feud? Repost this board to your social media and play!
So, you think you’re a gamer? This bingo board will put that to the test. How quickly can you get Bingo? Are you able to cover the whole board? Repost this board to your social media and play!
What side are you on? Repost this and let us know what YOUR fandoms are!
The following programs can be found on our YouTube Channel.
These programs can be watched any time during or after the week of FanNation.
Join kindie rocker Jumpin' Jamie, his daughter Bouncin' Birdie, and their puppet friends as they get ready to cosplay for FanNation. Luna the monster can't decide what her costume will be so her friends try to convince her through song to dress as characters from Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, and more! Great for kids & families!
Join author/illustrator duo Lauren DeStefano and Gaia Cornwall as they read their newest book THE UNICORN CAME TO DINNER, guide readers through a drawing demonstration, and discuss the importance of talking about your feelings.
Learn how to create your own fandom-themed shirt with the help of Cricut Design Space and an iron.
Turn an old t-shirt into a custom dice bag!
Learn how to make a terrarium home for Baby Yoda from the Mandalorian.
Join us in making this plush baby Yoda keychain using felt, and simple sewing techniques. You do not need to have any special skills to replicate this fun craft.
Join us as we make a Harry Potter-themed recipe from The Geek Cookbook.
Let’s pretend we are in Diagon Alley and create a child friendly Butterbeer together. This sweet, simple recipe gives us all of the magical feels.
Learn how to make a soothing tea in the style of Uncle Iroh from Avatar the Last Airbender.
Learn how to access OCL’s digital materials and what new graphic novels and comics are available.
Learn about the history and growth of K-pop from a fan’s firsthand experience and perspective.