OLPL Fan Fest Vol. 7: Guardians of the Galaxy                                                         May 6, 2023

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9:00 a.m.: Welcome table opens in Lobby

Stop at the welcome table to get checked in and receive a free OLPL Fan Fest bag* , sign-up for the cosplay competition. *While supplies last

9:30 a.m.: Exhibit Hall opens in Meeting Rooms A-C in South Basement

Explore all of our vendors in the Exhibit Hall. Complete our vendor map for a chance to win an AMC gift card!

10:00 a.m.: Kids Cosplay Craft (Youth)

Join Geeks A Gogo and create some fun foam customizable cosplay items for kids. This guided activity features creating foam masks, crowns and arm bracers.

10:00 a.m.: Creating Characters for Dungeons and Dragons (Café)

Creating your character is the first step in every D&D adventure for the players. Dungeon Master Dave Hansen will guide you through choosing your character’s background, skillset, appearance, personality, and add in a backstory.

10:30 a.m.: K-Pop Dance Workshop (Teen Room)

MiKaylaMikayla Wolford, a longtime hip-hop dancer and performer with two K-pop ensembles leads teens in some dances and Random Play Dance. K-pop is a vigorous activity—attendees participate at their own risk. 

11:00 a.m.: Library Fan Fest 101 (Mary Nelson Room)

So you want to start a small comic convention at your library? Or looking for ideas for your library’s next comic convention? Join six area libraries in a discussion about bringing a Library “con” to your patrons.

11:30 a.m.: Smarty Pants Big Balloon show Extravaganza (Youth Play Area)

Smarty PantsChicago’s favorite balloon artist Smarty Pants arrives at the Oak Lawn Public Library just in time for Fan Fest vol 7 – Guardians of the Galaxy!

Join Smarty Pants as he combines his dual loves of balloon art and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to create the most amazing superhero themed balloon sculptures ever seen in this galaxy!

From 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, patrons of all ages will be entertained and engaged, as Smarty Pants turns ordinary balloons into an assemblage of Marvel’s greatest hits –  everything from a balloon replica of the legendary Infinity Gauntlet, to Starlord’s jetpack to a full sized Iron Man suit, made entirely of balloons!

Some lucky volunteers attending the library will even have an opportunity to become part of Smarty’s balloon show!

Note: Not all patrons will receive a balloon, but all will be entertained!

12:00 p.m.: Teen Galaxy Jars (Teen Room)

Galaxy JarsCreate a galaxy that you can hold in your hands. *While supplies last.

12:30 p.m.: Getting Help on Your Cosplay: Library Edition (Cafe)

No equipment? No problem! Did you know that everything you need is at your local library? Join Geeks A Gogo in this educational panel on how you can utilize your local library to create your cosplay. From instructional books, to a cutting machine like Cricut, 3d printers, and live classes – your library has got you covered.

1:00 p.m.: Marvel Snap Tutorial (Training Center)

Learn how to navigate this new card trading app!

1:30 p.m.: Prism Kru Performance (2nd Floor Windows)

Prism KruPrism Kru is a K-Pop dance team from Chicago, Illinois that was established in 2013. They have opened up for Korean artists such as San E, Mad Clown, Hyuna, Nada, and as well as American artist H.E.R.  They have performed and placed 1st in competitions all over the US as well as internationally as one of the World Champions at the 2022 K-Pop Cover Dance Festival held in South Korea.  Prism Kru strives to connect Korean pop culture with Western culture through their high energy performances.

2:30 p.m.: Youth (0-12) Cosplay competition (2nd Floor Windows)

Sign-up at the Welcome table to compete in our Cosplay. Prizes for 1st and 2nd

3:00 p.m.: Teen and Adult (13+) Cosplay competition (2nd Floor Windows)

Sign-up at the Welcome table to compete in our Cosplay. Prizes for 1st and 2nd

3:30 p.m. Obento 101 (Café)

Obento BoxObento, or boxed meal, is an art form in Japan. Whether you are a foodie, a Japanophile, or a person who simply appreciates beauty in your everyday life, let The Obento Ladyshow you how to make an authentic, artistic obento for your next cosplay picnic or special event. Come play with your food!

4:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall Closes
6:00 p.m.: After Hours Trivia – Cork & Bean

Head to Cork & Bean at 4931 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453. A max of 10 per team. No registration is needed, but prize for 1st place winners!

Baby Groot Scavanger Hunt! Look for baby groot on the 1st floor to win a prize!

Baby Groot