July 21 is Zine Library Day!


Q. What is Zine Library Day?
A. Well, July is International Zine Month, and Zine Library Day is an opportunity to celebrate collections of zines around the world. Use it to find an existing zine library, or as an excuse to start a new one in your community.

Q. Wait a second, what's a zine?
A. There are lots of definitions, but for simplicity's sake, here's one from Zinewiki:

A zine - pronounced zeen - derived from magazine - is an independently- or self-published booklet, often created by a single person. Zines are customarily created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but it is also common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer. The end product is usually folded and stapled. Zines can be printed and bound in any manner. Offset printing is a relatively common alternative to photocopying, though there is some controversy among zine writers as to whether professionally printed products may be defined as zines.

Zine libraries collect these independent publications which may not be collected by other repositories.

Q.What should I do for Zine Library Day?
A. That's a great question! You can organize a zine reading, a zine workshop, or a zine library crawl!
It is traditional for zine library lovers to bring their zine librarian vegan doughnuts. Check with your zine librarian ahead of time to see if vegetarian, or even lard-filled, bacon-covered doughnuts would be acceptable.
Corporate zine library fans should consider endowing a zine librarian position or otherwise providing funding for zine library activities. A million dollars is idea, but any amount will work.

Are you planning something in your community? Post the details below!

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