Cosplay Convention brings 70 to Melissa library

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Costumed teens took over the Melissa Public Library during the July 17 Teen Cosplay Convention.

Nearly 70 teens turned out last Saturday for the Melissa Public Library’s first Teen Cosplay Convention. The response was so positive that library officials are planning to make it an annual event.  

Youth services librarian Rainea Urbina helped organize the event. She got the idea on social media from Amber Lawson-Dotson who was seeking out opportunities for her son. After seeing the response to her post from others looking for similar events, Urbina suggested having the library host it.   Soon Amanda Baldridge jumped and helped get vendors and prizes together.  

Costumed teens took over the Melissa Public Library during the July 17 Teen Cosplay Convention.

Library staff put out flyers and started spreading the word. When the big day arrived, costumed teens and many of their parents were scattered throughout the library and much of the municipal building's first floor.  

Anime shows played in the background as kids got their faces pained and played video games.  There was also a costume contest, raffle and snacks.   

Not to be outdone, library staff also dressed up in matching tutus.  Toward the end of the festivities, Urbina asked a group of kids what they thought about having another cosplay convention next summer 

Costumed teens took over the Melissa Public Library during the July 17 Teen Cosplay Convention.

“They were super excited to hear we would be doing it again,” she said. “Our plan is to do it again, maybe at the end of June next summer.” 

Costumed teens took over the Melissa Public Library during the July 17 Teen Cosplay Convention.
Costumed teens took over the Melissa Public Library during the July 17 Teen Cosplay Convention.