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Teen Zine Scene

zine2Check out our zine collection in the Teen Room! (left) The collection was made possible through the efforts of Katie Blanchard; she raised the funds by selling fridge magnets that she created (with a match from the Teen book budget), ordered and help to process them (You may even check them out, if you wish!). We have not cataloged them though, so you’ll have to browse the collection for your favorites (if there is a substantial interest in the collection, we’ll try to get them cataloged). The little shelving units were made from old cigar boxes and clementine crates by the the Teen Advisory Board and attendees at the Teen Library Lock-in during the summer of 2006.

Zines (pronounced like “zeens”) are self created publications, or, think “homemade magazines.” They can be about any topic. There are zines about anything that you can think of, even zines about other zines! They have been a part of American culture in one form or another since the beginning. Thomas Paine wrote a zine (they called them “pamplets!”) called Common Sense in 1776. Discover these fun, quirky little publications in the Teen Room next time you visit. You might even want to publish one yourself one day!

If you want to learn more check out the links below:

U.S. Infoshops & Zine Libraries – A list of zine libraries arranged by state, from Zine World: A Reader’s Guide to the Underground Press.

Zine Libraries – A list of zine libraries from the website for A Book of Zines: Readings From the Fringe.

Zine Links – The Salt Lake City Public Library’s list of zine links includes many handy websites about zines and for “zinesters.” Scroll down the page a little and you’ll see their list of zine libraries throughout the United States.

updated 8-21-2013