The Lana Ferguson Literary Festival endowment was donated to the library in 2015 to honor the memory of a treasured former children’s librarian, Lana Ferguson, by her family. Their wish for this endowment was to create memorable programming that enriched the lives of children and families. We have hosted two best-selling children’s authors as well as a host of other literacy-promoting programming for the last two years of the Lana Ferguson Literary Festival (LFLF). In 2016, we decided to put on our first Comic Con using the LFLF endowment, and it was a major success, with over 600 people coming out to enjoy the event. We continue to use this endowment to encourage the reading and appreciation of the great American art form of comics and related media with our second annual Comic Con (short for Comic Convention). The Friends of the Guilford Free Library have also contributed significant monetary support to help make this event fun for all.
The Guilford Comic Con logo used the Guilford Green skyline artwork by the accomplished artist Judith Rayner, which is on display at the entrance to the reading room on the second floor. Scans of the artwork were digitally manipulated by our own librarian Danielle Eadevito to create a silhouette of Park Street’s skyline with a beacon shining out from the library.