Thursday, July 9, 2015

Guest Author – Lori Ericson

Lori Ericson will be joining us for Create-it Con on Saturday, July 11th. Come meet her and ask her questions during our author panel.
Lori Ericson is a former newspaper reporter from the northwest Arkansas area with multiple awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors Association of Arkansas, Arkansas Press Association, Arkansas Press Women, and the National Federation of Press Women. Her mystery novel, Arkansas 309, was the first-place winner in the unpublished novel contest sponsored by High Hill Press at the October 2010 conference of Ozark Creative Writers. She has published several short stories and has released her first novel, A Lovely County.

Guest Author - Patricia Roberts

Patricia Roberts will be at Create-it Con on July 11th. Come meet her and ask her question during our author panel.
Patricia Roberts has written two Christian Romance books. She resides in Rogers Arkansas with her husband and two sons. 
LOVE RETURNS by Patricia Roberts
Emma Stanley and Mason Roberts are both widowed. Emma has lived in Paris, Arkansas her whole life and has a little girl. Mason Roberts moves into town and is very angry. He lost his wife in a tragic way and doesn't want to love again. That all changes when he meets Emma's daughter Abby. He slowly learns to start living again. Can this mother and daughter change Mason's heart and get him to love again?
2990 CALICO MOUNTAIN ROAD by Patricia Roberts

In a day like ours when marriages end all too quickly, this story is about my Grandparents William and Betty Sidwell. Betty was a young woman who lived in the city and William was a farmer in the country. This tells a loosely based version of their life and the struggles they faced together for over 50 years of marriage.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Friendly Bookstore

The Friendly Bookstore will be with us all day Saturday, July 11th. They have a fabulous array of comic books for sale. Rumor has it there are a number of collector quality ones in mint condition! 

The Friendly Bookstore in downtown Rogers is operated by the Friends of the Rogers Public Library. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the Bookstore is operated solely by volunteers. All proceeds supplement the Rogers Public Library budget to broaden services provided to the community.

Free Geek Arkansas

Free Geek Arkansas will be at Create-it Con on July 11th. They will accept donations of unwanted technology. Free Geek Arkansas will complete a hands on rebuild of a computer tower, which will be given away at the end of the day.

Free Geek Arkansas has been operating since 2007, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and provides a place for individuals to use the internet, learn about technology, and donate used computer equipment for free. The equipment that is donated is reused, refurbished, upcycled, or recycled.

Guest Author - Jeffrey Miller

Author Jeffrey Aaron Miller will join us on July 11th for Create-it Con. Come ask Jeffrey questions as part of the author panel at 10am.

Jeffrey Aaron Miller is a 1997 graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, including but not limited to social worker, bus driver, postal carrier, pastor, tire salesman, and content writer, but through it all, he has remained a storyteller. He is the author of numerous novels in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and YA. He resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.


Take3.NWA is one of our partners for Create-it Con. They have been an integral part of planning the event. Take3.NWA will bring 3D printers and examples of 3D designs they have printed. They will be printing the designs from the 3D Prototyping for Kids class. Scott Kammerzell will be presenting the 3D Prototyping for Kids at 10am and 3D Prototyping for Adults at 12pm. The 3D Prototyping for Kids class will have their design printed to take home the day of Create-it Con. Space is limited for these classes.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Glitch Con

What is a cosplay? How do you cosplay? Come learn about GlitchCon at Rogers Public Library for Create-it Con July 11th from 10am-4:30pm. GlitchCon is a fandom oriented convention focusing on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming and Anime. Their goal is to bring the very best of what these cultures have to offer to Northwest Arkansas. They want to bring the fandom communities together and provide the very best in entertainment for attendees. Get more information on GlitchCon 2015 at Create-it Con. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On July 11, RPL will host its third cosplay contest. This is for all ages and we welcome all who wish to take part.  Contestants can wear any type of costume from handmade to store bought; we just want all participants to come to the library and have fun! Alongside the cosplay, we will also have our Create-it Con where you can Play, Learn, and Do!

There are a few rules, which are listed below.
1) The doors open at 9 am and our cosplay judging will happen at 3 pm.
2) You MUST sign up at the cosplay table to be a part of the judged contest.
3) We will have a People’s Choice Award where we post your photo on our Facebook page and the picture with the most likes wins. This is optional.
4) This is a family friendly event. RPL reserves the right to refuse a costume entry that the staff deems unfit for an audience of all ages. Costumes deemed inappropriate will not be allowed to participate in the contest or enter the library.
5) All costumes must be rated PG with sufficient body coverage and no chance of indecent exposure. For safety reasons, please wear footwear at all times, even if your costume doesn’t require it.
6) Weapons are not allowed. Anything with a sharp edge or any metal objects are not allowed. Anything that shoots projectiles is not allowed. Only soft foam props are allowed and they are NOT to be used for hitting people or things.

The Rogers Public Library reserves the right to remove any attendees who do not follow the above rules or are creating a hazard for other attendees. Please be respectful to others attending Create-it Con and, above all, get your cosplay on!

For more rules and information, please go to

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Guest Author - Joe DeRouen

Author Joe DeRouen will join us on July 11th for Create-it Con. Come ask Joe questions as part of the author panel.
Joe DeRouen ( is an Amazon best-selling author of contemporary fantasy and horror novels. His most recent novel, Memoriesof a Ghost, has enjoyed strong reviews and currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon. His other works include the first two books of the Small Things trilogy (Small Things and Threads,) and his upcoming collection of short stories and novellas, Sundown Rising and Other Stories. A Pattern of Shadows, the final book in the Small Things trilogy, will be released in 2016.
Joe was born in Carthage, Illinois, and currently lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his wife Andee, their son Fletcher, and their cats Milo, Lucky, and Archer. Joe is a freelance writer, web designer, and substitute teacher, and also serves on the Arkansas Arts Academy school board. In addition to writing, he enjoys purchasing (and occasionally watching) copious amounts of Blu-Ray discs, listening to music, playing video games, and collecting Mego action figures from the 1970s.

Renaissance Faire of the Ozarks

Cast members of the RenaissanceFaire of the Ozarks will be joining us for Create-it Con! They will share How-To-Create a RenFaire persona, How-to-Create a historically accurate garb set and more. You can sign up or ask question about joining the cast and crew of RFO for their 2016 fair (April 16 &17) at Create-it Con on July 11th from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

The Renaissance Faireof the Ozarks is an interactive, living history event that focuses on England and Scotland during the year 1537. They have recruited local talent to portray characters of the time period. Their cast attends training courses on character development, patron interaction, improve, costuming, and dialect. These dedicated people volunteer their time and efforts to provide a historically accurate event for RFO patrons.  

RFO’s vision statement, Education Through Imagination, is very close to their heart.  We want to educate the young and old on how people of the past lived, the political issues of the day, and at the same time make it an enjoyable experience. 

Guest Author - Brooke Johnson

Get to know one of the authors that will be here for Create-it Con July 11th. Brooke Johnson is one of the authors participating in the author panel.

She is a tea-loving writer of steampunk and fantasy.

She has a few published works, such as the first books in a young adult steampunk series, The Brass Giant and The Mechanical Theater, published through Harper Voyager Impulse, and on Wattpad, a middle-grade fantasy titled Dark Lord in Training. She’s also working on other things, including a grimdark historical assassin tale currently titled The Court of the Viper Queen, and a Persianesque fantasy titled The Wizard’s Heart.

Brooke is a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist, in addition to all that book writing. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she adventures through life with her fiercely-bearded paladin of a husband, their daughter the sticky-fingered rogue, and their cowardly wizard of a dog, with only a sleep spell in his spellbook.

They currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once they earn enough loot and experience, they'll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons and goblins, and whatever else dares take them on.