The experience of programming success can come with logistical nightmares of limited resources and limited space availability for attendees. What is a librarian to do when a program is too successful to sustain, teetering on the precipice of failure? How is the situation rectified? A popular solution is to limit the number of attendees; however, one library proposed an alternative solution and created a connection between the library and the community. This poster explores the narrative and evolution of how a small library program blossomed into something library walls could not contain. It required one library to rethink the concept of the library as space and to embrace the library as community, creating exponentially larger opportunities for inclusion and education.
This poster will chronicle AnniCon Asian Cultures Convention from a small teen program to a large-scale, non-profit community event over the course of a seven-year transition. This transition included the creation and organization of a planning committee, a big change from the previous one-leader system. The planning committee started with a few stakeholders but expanded as need arose. Due to growth, the library could no longer host the event, and the event transitioned from being a public library event to a non-profit event with a larger mission and continued library involvement. AnniCon continues to grow and change according to what the community needs and is willing to support. This unusual transition has had positive benefits for those attending, the libraries involved, and the economic development of the host city.