The Manatee Central Library held its fourth annual comic convention and WHY ISN'T EVER LIBRARY DOING THIS? Geeks and nerds are all the rage right now, and the best out reach most libraries do to keep a hold of the kids are story times, summer reading and "Geeking the Library" because that makes sense.
This is the new farmer's market, folks. An information market, where local businesses like book stores, comic shops, schools and everyone else can get right in there with the community while everyone gets face paints and a second Halloween. Vendors could pay for most of it with booth prices, most would do it just for the tax right off of supporting a library function. Local celebrities (and those annoying self publishing authors) would also enjoy the chance to come down. Have all those classes on writing, or cross stitch or whatever right there. This is something that could be awesome, and remake the library as a community center rather than just a place where the books live.
Sure, the call it a comic convention, but that's just because of how it got popular. Call it whatever, but a fair would be a fun community building activity.