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FanNation: The Geekstravaganza

November 16, 2020  —  November 22, 2020


Register for Programs Here!

Virtual Author Talks, Escape Rooms, Scavenger Hunts, Presentations, Gaming, Cosplay Contest & More
From Anime to Fairies, there will be something for you!


Special guests will include:

Sam Maggs, Author
Jumpin Jamie, Children’s Musician
Lauren DeStefano, Author

Gaia Cornwall, Illustrator


Virtual Cosplay Contest

Cosplay Contest Submissions
To participate in our virtual cosplay contest please email a photo of yourself in your cosplay outfit to social@theoceancountylibrary.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.


Beanstack Challenge

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!


Take & Makes

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!

Live Virtual Panels

These programs will be held live on a virtual platform.
Please register for these programs in order to receive the link for viewing live.


November 18 @ 3 pm

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.


November 19 @ 4 pm

CANCELLEDDungeons 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.


November 21 @ 1 pm

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.


November 21 @ 4 pm

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.

Passive Programming Events


Superhero Coloring Pages


Video Game Scavenger Hunt

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.


My Hero Academic – Hero License 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.


Stranger Things Trivia

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.


Anime Game Show

November 16 – November 30
Compete against other participants to see who can earn the most points and win prizes in this anime trivia game!


Escape to the V.I.P. Room

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.


Midnight Zone

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.


Marvel vs DC Bingo Board

Where does your loyalty lie in the Marvel vs DC feud? Repost this board to your social media and play!


Bingo 4 Gamers

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’s Your Fandom?

What side are you on? Repost this and let us know what YOUR fandoms are!

YouTube Programming

The following programs can be found on our YouTube Channel.
These programs can be watched any time during or after the week of FanNation.


What Will You Be? Music and Puppet Show with Jumpin' Jamie

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!


The Unicorn Came to Dinner Storytime!

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.


Geeky Crafting: Iron-On Vinyl Demo

Craft Demo
Learn how to create your own fandom-themed shirt with the help of Cricut Design Space and an iron.


Geeky Crafting: No Sew D&D Dice Bag

Craft Demo
Turn an old t-shirt into a custom dice bag!


Geeky Crafting: Baby Yoda’s Terrarium

Craft Demo
Learn how to make a terrarium home for Baby Yoda from the Mandalorian.


Geeky Crafting: Baby Yoda Keychain

Craft Demo
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.


Geeky Cooking: Lava Cake

Cooking Demo
Join us as we make a Harry Potter-themed recipe from The Geek Cookbook.


Geeky Cooking: Harry Potter Butterbeer

Cooking Demo
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.


Avatar the Last Airbender: Jasmine Dragon Tea

Learn how to make a soothing tea in the style of Uncle Iroh from Avatar the Last Airbender.


Digital Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga, Oh my!

Learn how to access OCL’s digital materials and what new graphic novels and comics are available.


K-pop, A History

Learn about the history and growth of K-pop from a fan’s firsthand experience and perspective.