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Louisville’s annual Teen AnimeCon will be hosted by the Main Library on Friday, as children and youth ages 12-19 will get the chance to experience Asian culture, compete in a cosplay contest and more while celebrating the continuously growing art form of anime.

The free event will feature a screening of “Yuri on Ice,” featuring a tea party and an “ice”-skating rink, according to a news release. Attendees will also have a chance to win prizes by competing in the 16th-annual Ramen-eating and cosplay contests.

Artist Elmer Lucille Allen will be on hand to teach the art of shibori, a Japanese dyeing technique that produces patterns on fabric. There will also be Japanese ghost stories, a K-Pop glow-in-the-dark party, and a chance for participants to do anime-inspired crafts.

Anime is a Japanese form of art that refers to hand-drawn and computer animated cartoons. It has seen an increase in popularity in America in recent years. The AnimeCon will also celebrate manga, a Japanese art form for comics and graphic novels that are produced in Japanese.

The 16th annual AnimeCon will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Library (301 York Street). Those interested can register to attend on the Louisville Free Public Library’s website.

This event closes out the Louisville Free Public Library’s annual Teen Summer Reading Program, which encourages teens to read during summer vacation. Participants in the program are rewarded for reading six or more books by receiving passes to local attractions and University of Louisville games, as well as other rewards, according to the program’s website.

Funding from The Library Foundation has helped allow the city to put on this event. The Library Foundation also helps to fund the Summer Reading Program as a whole.