Dragons will be taking over the Ripley Library from 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, as part of their fifth annual MiniCon.

MiniCon is a literacy outreach program geared to encourage and create a life-long love of reading through the use of comics, gaming, and other out-of-the-box methodologies.

The Ripley library forms a committee to work on the MiniCon. The committee is made up of library staff, members of the library’s teen group, TABOO, and parents who select a different theme for every MiniCon. It is designed to engage the local community and encourage the use of the library and all of it’s resources in hopes of tapping into the creative spirit of all individuals by providing them with a safe place to be embraced, to learn, and to grow.

This year’s MiniCon theme is, “Here there be dragons.” Anyone that is interested in Dr. Who or Superman, Star Wars or Star Trek, anime or aliens, will not want to miss this free event open to the public.

Approximately 300-400 people attend MiniCon each year.

MiniCon focuses on “everything geeky!” There will be comics, gaming, costumes, art, and photo contests, activities, and photo ops with beautifully decorated back drops created and painted by the talented staff at the Ripley Library.

Raffle and door prizes will be awarded and special guests include Star Wars characters, Rebel Legions, and Ghost Busters.

There will be performances by the Final Form Fusion Belly Dancers and classes by Neil LoPrinzi on how to draw dragons.

Role playing games are offered from 3-5 p.m. and then again from 6-8 p.m.

Dragon adventures include games, a dragon maze, and dragon races from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Visit the Oracle from 4-7:30 p.m.

“It’s always stressful to put MiniCon together, but year after year we love to see how excited our community is by the transformations to the library,” circulation clerk Mallory Parsons said. “It’s absolutely amazing to be a part of something that celebrates individuality, fandom, and creativity.”