FanNation: The Geekstravaganza

Saturday, October 22, 2022 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Toms River Branch



Panels, Workshops, & Presentations


Anime, Gaming, Comics, Cosplay, & More

Meet up with other people who love to love stuff.



Special guests will include:


All Day Events


Information Table

I-SPY Display

Come on by,
Stop and try
FanNation's first,
3D I-Spy

→ Take a break from all of the FanNation excitement. There will be 2 different self-led 3D I-Spy puzzles. One is a LEGO display where you can search for mini-figures and special LEGO pieces. The second is a display representing a variety of FanNation characters. Spend a few minutes or a few hours hunting for different heros that we love.

Among Us Mural Puzzle

Scavenger Hunt

→ Help us complete our FanNation mural. Start at the FanNation table in the Lobby and follow the clues to locate our missing puzzle pieces and get a prize! Please only grab 1 puzzle piece per person.

Pokémon: Gotta Find Them All

Scavenger Hunt

→ Grab a brochure at the FanNation Sign-In Table. Snap a picture of the Pokémon you find hiding around the library! Write down where you’ve found the Pokémon and present it to the sign-in table.

Where’s Yoda?

→ Can you find a 3D printed figurine hidden between the stacks of the library?! Find a figurine and take it home with you as a souvenir! One per person. While supplies last. All ages.

→ There will also be a larger printed Yoda hidden in the library. Whoever finds it will be able to claim their prize in the Sparks's Lab located on the second floor of the library.

Escape Room: Demigod Dilemma (10:30 am – 3:30 pm)

→ Help a demigod complete their quest.  Sign-up in the lobby the day of FanNation.

Cosplay Contest Registration

→ Represent your fandom and participate in this contest where prizes will be awarded to the top 3 cosplayers. Register between 10am – 1pm in the library Lobby to participate. Contest starts at 3 pm.


Maker Space (2nd Floor)

*All Day While Supplies Last*

Canvas Bag Creation

→ Stop by the Sparks’s Lab, located on the second floor of the library, and create your own canvas bag with a variety of different materials! Including decals made by the Cricut® Maker™.

BAM! Buttons

→ Share them, trade them, wear them! Drop in the Sparks’s Lab, located on the second floor of the library, to come and create your own buttons.

Green Screen

→ Choose from our board of pre-selected backgrounds and go home with an AWESOME picture!


Teen Zone (2nd Floor)

Video Games Free Play

→ Continuous game-play throughout the day.

  • Nintendo Switch®

Table Top Games

→ Sit down and learn to play these popular table-top games. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist in learning to play.


Sensory Space

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

→ Need a calm, relaxing place to decompress for a little while? Visit the Sensory Space to get a away from the crowd for a bit.




Children's Area

Super Hero Storytime

→ Join Wonder Heroine for a Superhero Storytime, including stories, non-competitive games, and meet & greet with photos.


Atrium Crafts

While Supplies Last

Beginning at 10:00am | Mario Mystery Box Magnets

→ Make a needlepoint magnet that looks like a Mario Mystery Box.

Beginning at 11:00am | Mickey Mouse Hat Art 

→ Located in the Atrium. Create your own personalized design on a 3D printed Mickey Mouse hat figurine using paint pens.

Beginning at 12:00pm | Grow Your Own Groot

→ Each participant will receive a clay pot to decorate and stylized seed packet to grow their very own Groot at home!

Beginning at 1:00pm | Soot Sprite Jars

→ Capture some of the whimsical magic of Studio Ghibli by making a Soot Sprite and stars.

Beginning at 2:00pm | Anime Emotions Hairclips

→ Show people how you really feel by making an anime inspired sweat drop or anger vein hair clip.



10:30 am


Mancini Hall

Saber Guild Corellia Presents Children's Padawan Training Class

→ Costumed Jedi instructors guide a group of children to "Use the Force," practice lightsaber attack and self-defense routines, and offer them a safe chance to "test" their skills using the defense routine with instructor guidance.  This non-contact experience uses safe "practice sabers" lent to students for the event. Please see the SaberGuild Table to sign up a child for the training session. Space is limited.


Green Room

Avatar: Legends RPG

→ Become the heroes in the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. Play through a session of Magpie’s Avatar: Legends, a table top role playing game.


Home Town Dairy

USS Challenger Star Trek Panel

→ USS Challenger Recruiting Officer Bill Schmidt will talk about the USS Challenger, the Jersey Shore chapter of STARFLEET: The International STAR TREK Fan Association. Bill will also talk about our love of all things Star Trek from the original series to the newest streaming series, Strange New Worlds.



12:00 pm


Mancini Hall

Author: Kosoko Jackson

→ An interview and reading with author, Kosoko Jackson. Kosoko is the author of YA science fiction novels, Yesterday is History and Survive the Dome.


Green Room (12:15 pm)

Anime Trivia

→ Compete in an elimination-style anime trivia game for the chance to win anime-themed prizes.


Home Town Dairy

Introduction to Board Game Design: Roll and Write

→ Under the guidance of experienced board game designer, Brian Engelstein, learn about the Roll and Write concept and design your own game.



1:30 pm


Mancini Hall

Thus Spoke the Master: An Exploration of HEMA

→ An exploration and live demo of German longsword fencing techniques dating from 1570, and an overview of historical fencing.


Green Room

D&D Crash Course

→ Come and learn the basic rules to one of the most iconic tabletop roleplaying games of all time.


Home Town Dairy

Defenders of a Shattered World: Getting Started in World of Warcraft

→ Learn what classes and races are available and how to choose the combination that best fits your style in one of the most popular MMORPGs in the world.


Cosplay Contest

3:00 pm


Mancini Hall

→ Represent your fandom and participate in this contest where prizes will be awarded to the top 3 cosplayers. Be sure to register before 1:00 pm at the FanNation Information Table in the Lobby.


Virtual Programs


Supernatural Kahoot Trivia

→ Missing Sam and Dean? Challenge yourself with a Supernatural Kahoot! trivia.

Vecna Freegal Playlist

→ What song would save you from Vecna? Check out our playlist of songs that would save our staff.

FanNation YouTube Videos

→ Check out our FanNation playlist from past years.



*A new podcast will be uploaded every Friday during the month of October.*

So you want to be a voice actor

→ Do you have a love of performing and desire to create your own characters? Are you wondering how you might turn this into a career? Join us as Voice Actor, Ruben Castillo shares his experience and what it takes to thrive in the career.

Fandom Friday: Heartstopper

→ Join us as we discuss Heartstopper – the TV series and graphic novels.

Fandom Friday: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

→ This episode focuses on the 90s supernatural TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We’ll be discussing what about the show makes it so appealing that people are still talking about it today.

Fandom Friday: Lord of the Rings

→ Explore Middle Earth as Ocean County Library staff discuss topics from their favorite characters, their introduction to Tolkien’s fantasy world, and the upcoming adaptation The Rings of Power. All of these topics and more will be discussed in a fun nerdy podcast.

Fandom Fridays: Stranger Things Part 1 & Part 2

→ Can’t get enough of the multi genre bending 80s nostalgia show? Listen as we discuss our first impressions, favorite characters, moments, and more.

Fandom Friday: Supernatural

→ Welcome to Fandom Friday, a podcast focused on various fandoms brought to you by FanNation: The Geekstravaganza, the Ocean County Library's annual all ages fandom library con. On this episode we will be discussing Supernatural.

Of Wood and Wind – An Avatar: Legends Actual Play

→ Adventure awaits during the era of Avatar Korra! Join our players on this play through of the tabletop role playing game, Avatar: Legends set in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Dungeons Reference: An Actual Play Dungeons & Dragons

→ Join us on an adventure! In this Dungeons & Dragons podcast, librarians from Ocean County Library are playing the magical librarians of Candlekeep.


Toms River Information

FanNation will be held at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library


Directions & Parking in Downtown Toms River

Click here for directions to and parking information for the library.

Click here for additional information on parking options.

**Note that on Saturday, the upper level of the municipal garage behind the library is FREE, not metered, courtesy of the Ocean County Library. But space in the garage is limited, so please have alternate parking plans.

Food Options in Downtown Toms River

→ There are several restaurants within walking distance of the library for your food needs.

More Information About Downtown Toms River

Click here to see the Downtown Toms River website.

What is FanNation?

→ FanNation: the Geekstravaganza will be a multi-genre convention where fans can get together and wave their geek banners high. This is expected to be the largest library event of the fall with the Toms River Branch hosting.

Who can attend FanNation?

→ Everyone is welcome! FanNation is FREE and open to the public, although we request that you register to attend. You do not have to be a resident of Ocean County. Programming will be geared towards adults and teens 12+, with added fun for little ones this year! Click here to register.

What can I do at FanNation?

→ FanNation begins Saturday at 10 am with programming throughout the building. Saturday’s panels, workshops, and presentations will culminate in a Cosplay Contest beginning at 3 pm.

Panels include topics on anime, game design, D&D and more. There will also be an escape room, scavenger hunts and crafts.

For our younger fans there will be storytime in the morning.

Who can I expect to see at FanNation?

→ Special guests include:

Will my fandom be represented?

→ A sampling of what will be represented: Anime, Comics, Cosplay, Fantasy, Gaming, Sci-Fi, Star Trek, Star Wars, and General Geekery.

Don’t see your fandom listed? You should come and represent!

What is a fandom anyway?

→ Fan.dom, noun: The fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture. (

A fandom is a group of people who like the same thing. People who like Doctor Who are a part of the Doctor Who fandom. People who like anime are a part of the anime fandom. Etc.

I’m not a geek! Can I still attend?

→ Of course!

Do I have to register?

→ Registration for Saturday is recommended. Register here for FanNation.

Do I have to stay the whole time?

→ No, but we hope you do! You are welcome to come for just one program or stay for the whole day. If you are thinking of coming early, note that the library doesn’t open until 9 am and programming won’t start until 10 am. The library closes at 5 pm. If you get hungry in the middle of the day, there are restaurants in the area.

Can I come in cosplay?

→ Yes!

When planning your cosplay, please be aware the library’s code of conduct will be enforced. Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn. Carrying weapons is not permitted. ANY prop weapon must be obviously fake, or it may be subject to confiscation for the length of the event.

How do I enter the cosplay contest?

→ Registration will occur on-site at the FanNation information table in the lobby.

What is the Code of Conduct?

→ The library’s code of conduct will be enforced throughout FanNation. Click here to read the Code of Conduct.