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This week we added zines about the pandemic driving people to kombucha, dolphin drawing, staying inside, consuming a lot of media, attempting to care for themselves, and embracing it as a boon for neurodiverse introverts, as well as a screed by an Irish lesbian affirming her sexuality, which apparently you have to do in Ireland.

This week we added zines about how introverts would design the working world (our moment has arrived!), grim reaper problems, wearing a face mask with glasses, Starbucks worker pandemic life, essential worker life, thirsty queer sailors from the USNS Comfort, pandemic librarianing in Australia, and isolation...with a partner.

This week we added a lot of zines that are about the ups and downs of quarantine life--and one zine about having impostor syndrome in comedy improv.

From our sweaty homes, where we wish we were in the MLC complaining that the AC is too cold, welcome to the July 2020 issue of @barnlib.  

This week we added zines about going to school from going to school from twelve hours in the future, T-shirts worn during quarantine, Asian American coronavirus experiences, London street scenes, what the coronavirus is and how to deal with it (in English and español), a vision of the future if we minimize global warming, zines purchased during the pandemic, the passing of a beloved cat during the early days of social distancing, and body image during the crisis: don't diet!

We've added ten new pandemic zines this week. They're about making the best of things, Zooming art school, how life is different under quarantine, how ventilators work, isolated living, what skateboarders in the UK are doing to occupy their time, weekly news rundowns, meditating while Black, and what service workers in PDX are up to while they're unemployed.

This week added ten more COVID-19 zines to our collection. They are about the politics of face masks in Hong Kong, how quarantine looks to a cat (stop touching my touch beans!), home office problems, parents observing social distance, parenting a kindergartner while quarantined, growing seeds, what's good and bad about social distancing, neighborhood mutual (in German), and rural life for a working class Columbia alum, plus boredom tweets collaged over a SimCity background by an artist from Istanbul.

Our COVID-19 zine collection was profiled in an NPR podcast and in librarianship's premier trade journal, Library Journal. 

Welcome to the June 2020 issue of @barnlib. BLAIS full-time staff are working from as far north as Vermont and as far south as Georgia. From our homes to yours...enjoy!

We're adding zines to our COVID-19 collection about the greater implications of festivals like Coachella being canceled, quarantine life, fantasizing about life after quarantine, the massive scope of the coronavirus, how to upcycle food waste, annoying neighbors, giving up shaving body hair because of social isolation, a small moment of connection with a stranger, and despite being in a privileged position, being overwhelmed with feelings.

We added zines about quarantine rituals, the view from the kitchen window, missing and not missing the outside world, boredom, and mindfulness practices.

We added COVID-19 zines about staying home, anxiety shopping, shopping anxiety, political rage, sharing snack bounty, food fantasies, boredom, Easter memories, and how childhood poverty and trauma affect a person in time of crisis.

We're adding zines about anti-Asian racism and the model minority myth, parenting kids and being away from your aging parents during quarantine, social closeness, missing people and things while maxing out on mass media, missing one's bagelry, taking responsibility for complicity, migrant farmworkers' conditions during the coronavirus, a mother's sexy self, and having hope for the future.

This time we added zines about Barnard Bartending (RIP), witchery, failure, microaggressions, midlife crises, a breakup, eating disorders and addiction, things that make you happen, and vegan eating and Xicanx identities.