York Cosplay Workshop Series Starts May 11


April 26, 2024 

York Cosplay Workshops for Teens Start May 11 

YORK, PA – York County Libraries have announced the upcoming York Cosplay workshop series for teens. Returning for the second year, the workshops are open to York County youth, ages 12 to 18. Presenters guide participants through the various facets of cosplay from selecting a character to mastering the walk. And they explain what it means to be part of a fandom: the community, safety, and self-expression. 

According to York County Libraries Director of Youth Services Mindy McDonnell, the program aims to help teens build new skills, creativity, and self-confidence. The program includes all fandoms such as comics, anime, manga, role-playing games, television series, books, and movies.  

The monthly series will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays, May 11, June 8, July 13, and August 10 at Martin Library in York. The workshops will be held in the library’s second floor Teens space. New this year, two workshops will be held in the Teens area at Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover. The sessions will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. On Saturday May 11 and June 8.  

The workshop series will lead up to YCL’s York Cosplay Teen Fashion Show at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7. It will be part of the 1st Annual York Cosplay Con planned for 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. that day at Martin Library. Youth interested in signing up for the free workshops should register online using the yorklibraries.org events calendar.  

“Last year, we launched the York Cosplay workshops and fashion show for York County teens, and the response was resoundingly positive from both the teens and their parents,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “Local experts provided practical instruction that helped teen participants imagine and create their costumes using library resources including sewing machines and 3D printers.” The workshops are scheduled at the following dates and times:  

Saturday, May 11 Cosplay 101: Getting Started with the Basics 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Martin Library 

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Guthrie Memorial Library 

Saturday, June 8 Finishing your Look Wigs, Makeup, & more 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Martin Library 

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Guthrie Memorial Library 

Saturday, July 13 Putting the Play in your Cosplay 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Martin Library 

Saturday, August 10 Fandom & You: Community, Safety, & Self-Expression 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Martin Library 

Saturday, December 7 

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. York Cosplay Con, Martin Library 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. York Cosplay Teen Fashion Show, Martin Library 

Anyone with questions about the workshop series or upcoming Teen Fashion Show at York Cosplay Con should email the York County Libraries Youth Services department at [email protected]. Email updates about York Cosplay and other library events are available by signing up at yorklibraries.org/newsletters.  

Martin Library is at 159 E. Market Street in York and Guthrie Memorial Library is at 2 Library Place in Hanover. The libraries are part of York County Libraries which provides the latest in print and digital information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, digital story times, book discussions and databases. In addition to their extensive collection of 560,000 physical items, they offer over one million digital library materials for loan. All are available for free with a York County Libraries card. Community members without a card are invited to request one at yorklibraries.org at no cost. 


Deb Sullivan
Community Relations Director
York County Libraries
[email protected]