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Pima County Public Library’s annual MegaMania event is celebrating its seventh year and will be the biggest to date with an afternoon of free activities, workshops, games and presentations.

The family-friendly event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Pima Community College Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave.

Organizers promise a variety of imagination-igniting activities, including crafting your own cosplay costume, hanging out in the gamer’s den, attending author and artist talks, exploring pop-culture topics and testing your skills in an escape room. Families can also attend workshops and learn what it takes to make steampunk jewelry and get expert tips on crafting the best armor.

Want more?

  • Visit the Lightsaber Academy to learn sword techniques.
  • Pop into the Portable Planetarium and discover video-game astronomy.
  • Attend writing workshops on mini comics, horror and surrealistic poetry, and take your writing to a new level.
  • Other workshops include Chinese calligraphy, henna and origami.
  • Watch performances from Lykiska Tribal Fusion Bellydancing and Tucson Kendo Kai.
  • Enjoy pizza, drinks and snacks in the cantina.
  • Visit to see a complete schedule. Or call 791-4010.

“There’s so much to choose from and explore. People of all ages — entire families, in fact—really get into it and let their creativity and curiosity take over,” said Jusdina Nolin-Brown, who co-chairs this year’s MegaMania planning team.

MegaMania is made possible through partnerships with the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records; the Friends of the Pima County Public Library; Pima Community College; the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona; and Brooklyn Pizza Co.

Source: Pima County Public Library