July 21 is International Zine Library Day!
Q. What is International Zine Library Day?
A. Well, July is International Zine Month, and International 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.
Q. When is International Zine Library Day?
A. July 21 every year. Of course, since zines are all about self-expression, no one will object if you have your event on a different day.
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 also traditional to bring a box of donuts in to your local zine librarian. Look below to see what people are doing this year, or check out the old Zine Library Day Wiki to see what folks have done in the past.
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