A zine (pronounced zeen) is a self-published pamphlet that is innovative in format and diverse in content. Zine authors self-publish small runs of their work to express themselves and share with others. Common topics include DIY, politics, music, poetry, fan fiction, humor, social justice, mental health, autobiography and more.
Though zines in some form have been around for centuries, the zines of today were born of the punk rock counterculture of the 70s and 80s and Riot Grrrl scene of the 90s. While they’ve never gone away, zines are experiencing a resurgence in popularity because of COVID.
Take and Make Kits for adults, teens, and children. These kits will include prompts, instructions on how to fold and staple your zine, colored markers and pencils, washi tape, glue sticks and other creative materials.
Zine-Making Station at Hatch available by appointment.
Zine Exchange (More details to come!)
Zine Books and Displays at WFPL
Ready to start creating?
If you have designed a zine and you would like us to print multiple copies, please visit watertownlib.org/print and use the upload instructions we provided. Please include “ZINE” along with your first initial and last name no spaces. For example “ZINEjdoe”.
If you would like photocopies, bring your zine to the Teen or Reference Desk during February, Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, before folding or binding. We will make 10 copies for you (or 50 photocopy pages, whichever comes first).
If the community shows interest, we’ll develop a zine collection. If you want to see this happen, let us know! Sign up for our zine interest list at watertownlib.org/newsletter.