As some of you might know, I work in the YA department at the Athens-Clarke County Library (Athens, Georgia). We cater to teens and tweens ages 11-18 and offer many great programs for them throughout the year. From chess to anime to murder mysteries, our YA department keeps local teens engaged and provides them with a safe place to learn and have fun. Unfortunately, our book collection hasn’t been receiving the attention it deserves. To remedy this, we’ve dedicated 2014 to revamping our collection by adding more nonfiction, manga series, and ZINES! As the resident zinester, I’ve taken it upon myself to take charge of creating a zine library for our teen patrons. I’ve donated all, well, most, of my zine collection deemed age-appropriate, But, my collection isn’t enough. We’re in need of zines from local zinesters (Athens and Atlanta area), zines by and/or for teens, queer/gender/body-positive publications, and everything in-between. Most of our teen patrons have never had the opportunity to delve into the world of zines and we want to provide them with a wide range of topics and viewpoints with which to start their journey. Zines need to be appropriate for teens and tweens. We’re not looking to censor content, but it does need to be relatable to the teen set and shouldn’t get us in too much trouble with guardians. This project is just beginning and we have a budget of nothing. Because of this, we’re looking for donations or trades for the time being. Once we get our zine library established, we plan to start a passive zine program in which teens will create content to be compiled in black and white zine format. As far as trades go, we can add your name to a mailing list for a copy of our teen zine once it is complete or work out some other form of trade. Zines don’t have to be in mint condition, so we’ll gladly accept those well-read copies that clutter your desk or bookcase. If you would like to contact me for more information on this project or to donate or trade, email me at berdmann<at>athenslibrary<d0t>org. If you can’t trade or donate, then please consider sharing this post on Tumblr, Facebook, message boards, or anywhere else. Spread the word and help to expand the minds and world of Athens-area youth!
Thanks so much!