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    We have circulating zine kits! They contain:

    2 glue sticks
    2 magazines or catalogs
    8 extra fine markers in assorted colors
    Ambidextrous scissors
    Plastic bone folder
    Stencil set
    Zine kit zine

    This week we added zines about a Canadian quarantining in Mexico, a summer of a historically straight women pursuing and being pursued by women, queering classics, dealing with a broken wrist, fatphobia and self love, raw and vegan cooking, and vintage clip art collages.

    Since December 3, 2021 the Barnard Archive Reading Room has been decorated with T-shirts lining the walls and hanging alongside each other in racks. The T-shirts are curiously older than most of the students walking around on campus today and hung collectively here they tell a unique story of their owners, the collection they currently reside in, and feminist political activism as a whole.

    This week we're adding photography zines made by zine assistant Grace Li BC '24. The zines depict people, dogs, and scenes in Barcelona, Beijing, New Hampshire, and other locations.

    This week we added zines about working in domestic violence shelters, eating disorder and other body issues, women traveling solo in South America, sex, sluttiness, sex work, feminism in Poland, witchcraft and elders, and Barnard Zine Club members writing and art on the theme of "return."

    We added zines documenting one artist's life in zines and experiencing racist microaggressions in her day to day, along with a nine-year-old girl's guide to cat-having and thoughts about delayed onset homosexuality.

    Meet one of the Zine Library's new assistants!

    This week we added zines about quarantine, chronic illnesses, tarot, Covid mourning, Covid parenting, mad zining, loving your own body, and going offline, and interviews with radical librarians and technologists.

    With Valentine's Day approaching, we want folks to know that there's a place in the zine library for people who aren't interested in sex and/or romantic love.

    This week we added zines about feminism and anger, suicide prevention, a white 100-year-old antiracist activist, mangosteens and durian, the likes and dislikes of a roller derby skating Australian librarian, a Portland OR college women's empowerment group. and a Canadian college student's loves: cooking and the CBC.

    We added zines from a senior visual art thesis, activities to do in the rain, alternative back pain treatments, and reflections on the Universal Human Rights Declaration 70 years later by youth of color.

    Today we added zines about WBAR and the DHC and zines donated by Bitch Media about feminism, navigating life with a facial deformity, menstruation, sex trafficking, scams, and waiting for health news.

    This week we added zines about revolution, DIY radio, 1996 computer geekery, feminist health, reproductive rights, a mass kidnapping and likely murder in Mexico, and sobriety in punk/activist scenes.

    This week we added zines about cooking and family lore, crafting, feminism, sex, walking while femme, riot grrrl music, library work and culture, and the New Zealand zine scene. 

    Meet one of the Zine Library's new assistants!

    Meet one of the Zine Library's new assistants!

     

    This week we added zines about questionable Tinder profile pics, returning to your suburban hometown, surviving rape but never being able to forget it, a former teen mom's relationship with her daughter's father, and hard breakups.

    This week we added zines about DIY zine making, tech: you do want FRIES with that, punk life, thoughts on zine making ten years in, Stone Sour fandom, ants, music, an LA teenhood with boys, food and family, and the history of a radical choir including its performances at the WTO protests.

    This week we added zines about the 1968 Olympics, quarantined zinesters reviewing zines, growing up queer in the Midwest, Brooklyn trans kids, Black women's relationships with their bodies, a Bengali-American woman's take on her hair, colonialism's impact on a teacher of color, talking to family members with conservative politics, a zine library in Seattle, the history of critical pedagogy in librarianship, moving away from home and coming into one's own, and sex.

    This week we added zines about an artist's stream of conscious regarding zines and work, mugs, doing a lot of yoga while living with your parents before starting grad school, and flash fiction inspired by old photographs

    This week we added zines about 9/11 and its anti-Muslim aftermath, a day in the life of Edinburghers, finals weeks for a substance abuser during covid, self-perception, cat love, time in a psychiatric hospital, and sustainable fashion, along with art collages, vegan recipes, and illustrated Mountain Goats lyrics.

    This week we added zines about ancestors, life in Palestine, migraines, life in Pune, life for women in Lebanon, menopausal vengeance, sneaking books into Palestine, the politics of sex work, good things, and traveling alone while female.

    This week we added zines from the summer's Leadership in Action program. Students wrote about reproductive freedom, incarceration, body image,  disparities in education, and how Asian women are racialized in mainstream media.

    This week we added zines about making art in hard times, court watch, Black women murdered by police, mutual food aid, and racism in Queens, police ineffectiveness and abolition, and a glossary of queer culture terms for teens.

    This week we added zines about radical Barnumbia, a retired school librarian, filing for unemployment in pandemic times, an AFAB GenXer remembering expecting to grow up to be a man, translations of Ntozake Shange's poems, the program accompanying a Barnard alum's dance installation, quarantine times in Salt Lake City, frustrations with people who don't mask/vax, exercising for health rather than beauty, and coping with the long term impacts of rape.

    Activists, including zine makers, took over Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan in September 2011 to draw attention to economic and other injustices.

    This week we added zines about South Asian punks in Switzerland, pandemic life for a single mom in Berkeley homeschooling her kid and enduring a breakup, and a Brooklyn desi DJ processing abuse.

    This week we added zines about being sick with Covid, zine culture and community, parenting a teen in quarantine, preparing to return to work at work, political protests during lockdown and complicated ancestry.

    This week we added zines critiquing capitalism, anti-Black racism, the patriarchy, hierarchy, imperialism, and time as a construct that rules our lives. The zines are pro affinity, relationship building, mutual aid, and care.

    This week we added zines about sobriety, savagery, the good and the bad, trauma aware tattooing, sex work, queer friendships, radical Filipines, antiviolence work, and zine reviews.

    This week we added zines about the quarantine experience in New Paltz, AFI, My Chemical Romance, teen girl photos, mugs, how to find a therapist, periods, moving bodies from where they died to the funeral home, abortions, and things that are new.

    This week we added zines about college life as filtered through Facebook, missing friends in Covid times, South Asian feminism, pandemic behind bars, depression, the aftermath of incest, and patterns for 7-day candle prayers. 

    We added zines from Columbia organizations (South Asian Feminisms Alliance and IRWGS que(e)ry collective), daily comics from a middle-aged lesbian cappuccino enthusiast, zines and coloring books from Mexico and Chile about animals, trees, sex, and feminism; an APA citation primer; a zine about a public library, and a 2007 anarchafeminist comp zine from Ireland.

    This week we added zines about JK Rowling's take on transgender women, Asian Pacific American students at Barnumbia, Mexican women artists, how to make zines, nudity in court, animated gifs, and a woman mourning her grandfather while eating a box of Godiva chocolate truffles. Four of the zines are in Spanish.

    Did you know we have zines in our collection from almost 50 countries in more than a dozen languages? That includes these French zines you can read on the way to storming the Bastille in July!

    This week we added zines about Asian American diaspora, moving karaoke and group dance activities online during quarantine, the manager of Chicago zine hub Quimby's,  "bad" zines, poems about lovers, River Phoenix and Gus Van Sant, an anxious New Zealand teen, gender nonconformity, self-care for teens, and Sri Lankan architect Minnette de Silva.

    This week we added zines about community care, corporate feminism, activism in education, climate change, life after a brain injury, coming out, Animal Crossing appreciation (in 2009), gender identity and fashion, a break-up, and daily comics by a lesbian foodie and cat lady in LA.

    This week we added zines and comics about quarantine life, digital horror, queer teenhood and Heavens to Betsy, scenes from nature, mental health in librarianship and archives, constraint, Asian American activism, and zines made by Athena Center's Leadership in Action teens from around the world.  

    This week we added zines made for classes: Black Feminist Portal, Feminist Architecture History, Applications in Climate and Society, and Dance Criticism plus minicomics about polyamory and sisters who visit a forest in a warehouse and fanzines about manicures and Cyndi Lauper.

    This week we added a zine about herbal medications for the Real Housewives of SLC, and four issues of a zine by a queer, polyamorous nonbinary white person with Graves disease recounting their life and loves.

    We added zines about relationship souvenirs, pandemic life through photographs, intergenerational space pirates, incarcerated Black women, dating, men peer educating men about accountability, civil rights survey responses from white people, prison abolition, President Trump's 75th-100th days in office, and moving to a new city.

    This week we added zines about dating and going about your life while being gender-nonconfirming and polyamorous, soda fandom, tips for relaxation, a genderqueer Chicanx artist's gay root, and evidence-based medicine and its friends.

    This week we added zines about the beginnings of hope as people are starting to get vaccinated, chronic illness likened to vampirism, queer and trans students of color at Barnumbia, nephrotic syndrome, building community through zine workshops, the band Idlewild, and a sketchy zine about justice for accusers and the accused of intimate violence.

    We added zines about Zoom life, giving birth during the pandemic, work and depression for a librarian in North Carolina, dating and harassment, a Singaporean and Hong Konger in New York missing dim sum, return-to-work anxiety and non-monogamous dating, a quarantine birthday, a Black incarcerated woman in the mid-twentieth century, and Japanese feminism.

    We added zines about Blasian women icons, Barnard first year pandemic experiences and TV picks, antisemitism in the US, quarantine life for a roller derby playing librarian in Australia, a daily photography project, and fascism in New Zealand.                                                  .

    We added zines by Big Problems students about quarantine life, 2020 music, survival tips, schooling from home, and K-Pop and a photography zine by a long-time zine maker documenting her 2020.

    “A world without police and prisons is not something we can get just by making demands of the state. A world that is genuinely safe and nourishing for us all, one without punishment or exile is one that makes demands of us: that we take care of each other.”

    We've added zines about quarantine life for a Korean-American mother and daughter, reflections on friendship about ten years out from undergrad, nonbinary identity, humor and popular culture from a Beverly Hills perspective, how your cell phone is spying on you, and older zines about making one's punk, fat, queer, or gender nonconforming or way in the world, along with a button and zine catalog.

    We added zines about police brutality against Black women, Singaporean food, quarantine life through photographs, residual brain fog from Covid, how to build an art collective, connecting with nature during lockdown, and International Women's Day and teen feminism in Greece, a personal sports history, and collage art.

    We added zines from Big Problems: Making Sense of 2020 classes, including a letter of critique, a pandemic film list, DIY survival guides, and zines by non-Barnard creators about third culture kids, 2021 resolutions, coronavirus parenting, popular culture, and a zine on the Black Lives Matter movement by a zine returning after a 21-year hiatus.

    We added zines about equity in education, fast fashion, empathy, monuments (in English and Spanish), quarantine time, Keanu Reeves in conversation with Pema Chödrön, an American in Germany, an Ohio housewife who has had it with Donald Trump, and overthrowing your job.

    This week we added zines by students in Barnard's Pre-College Program in the Young Women's Leadership Initiative (YWLI) track offered by the Athena Center and the latest issue of the Barnard Zine Club zine, Sticks & Stones #19: Found. The YWLI zines confront inequities and injustice in education, stereotypes, gun violence, discrimination against transgender people, reproductive justice, quaggas, and the general blight of capitalism.

    We added zines about dating, sex, breakups, touring with a band, traveling around African countries, hapa and mixed race identities, the joys of laying out a zine using real scissors and glue, and poems about losing your mother in your 20s.

    This week we added zines about a Kinsey 5 girl falling in love with a man while studying abroad in France, a Spanish lesbian in Montréal writing in English and French, DIY reproductive health with herbs, reproductive justice, the masculine and feminine in punk,  and how to make paper stars (thereby soothing your soul).

    This week we added zines about navigating holidays with family, solo living during quarantine, police budgets in Connecticut related to percentage of white residents, making music when you can't practice with your band, pandemic life for middle schoolers in Abu Dhabi, the US election, and Onion-like stories from a US expat in Berlin.

    Barnard Zine Assistant, Mikako Murphy BC'22 recommends Communal Care, a radical guide to getting through quarantine while dismantling capitalism.

    This week we added zines about famous people who share the same name, feeling the sad, pandemic coping for kids, quarantine life in Berlin (The Onion style), queer quarantine TV choices, female-bodied genderqueer femme gay boi Gemini rising identity, and ex-boifriends.

    This week we added zines about non-electoral activism, policing in libraries, May Day in Austria under quarantine, ICE watch, police abolition, worldwide deities, growth, small sources of joy, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ireland.

    This week we added zines about carceral abolition, asexual crush types, quarantine madness, the ally industrial complex, femme sex workers, alternatives to calling the police, an early 20th century incarcerated Black woman, voting as upholding colonial systems, and science fiction.

    This week we added zines from the US and Poland about capitalism and Covid, making political art, building a DIY graywater reclamation hand washing station, 1980s nostalgia, pet cats, affordable routes to home ownership, how the male gaze may influence sexuality, and a late 1980s zine about literature and libraries.

    This week we added zines about queer Scottish feminists and the Black Lives Matter movement, archival research on queer addicts, political history of needlecraft, anxiety and depression exacerbated by quarantine, social distancing, teenage girl art and activism, and Ramadan food and activities.

    This week we added zines about quarantine life, incarcerated Black and indigenous children and Covid-19, Brussels street pizza, health and queer sexuality in the Midwest, rage at Trump administration pandemic policies, what it's like to be a flight attendant, and procrastinating art making, also a compilation of mail art and a Black hair products coloring book.

    This week we added zines and minicomics about quarantine life in New Orleans and Belgium and a DIY zine about caring for others, as well as for yourself. 

    Barnard Zine Assistant, Mikako Murphy reviews Indoorsy, a quaranzine series around the themes of the past and present.

    As we begin spooky season and reminisce Central Park in autumn, we welcome you to the September/October 2020 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news highlights from the BLAIS Staff at Milstein!

    This week we added quarantine-themed zines from the US and Australia about anxiety and depression, home projects, cooking and eating, and Zooming to school.

    We're recognizing Professor Lozano for her innovative and collaborative 'Radio Immigrante' project! We've also named three runner-ups - Meredith Benjamin, Wendy Schor-Haim, and Cecelia Lie-Spahn - for their work with the Zine library.

    This week we added zines about quarantine life for a Finnish woman in the UK, Black women's lives, absorbing the reality of Covid-19 deaths, listening to nature and missing a friend, women activists in US history, why worrying about litter is worrying about the wrong thing, Texas legislative opportunism against abortion access (en español), and My Chemical Romance fandom from queer Zoomers, and an abortion-positive coloring book.

    Zine Assistant Rita is sharing her current favorite zine. Even though Rita is home in Los Angeles, she still loves looking through all the new digital zines that the library has acquired. Staying Home by Katherine Liu has been helping Rita get through these uncertain times!

    This week we cataloged zines about quarantine and quarantunes, covid zinester times, theater artists under quarantine, a prior pandemic that didn't make headlines when it claimed 100K lives in the US, quarantine activities, popular culture humor, and life in Brooklyn during the war on Black lives.

    This week we added zines about crystals, erasers, domestic projects under quarantine, radical student life at Barnard and Columbia, care for Black lives during coronavirus times, spending time alone, keeping police out of libraries, how grief manifests when you don't let it manifest, and how Texas law makers took advantage of quarantine to prevent surgical abortion access.

    This week we added zines about how to respectfully ask someone to comply with Covid-19 hygiene guidelines, Black teen girl (and trans and nonbinary) life in quarantine, decarceration, Ahmaud Arbery, the gifts and woes of online teaching, community-mindedness, harnessing grief, and essential workers going on strike.

    Sillywish #5 is a zine made by a queer, white 14-year-old in 1996. With creator Ocean Capewell's blessing, we have digitized it and provided you a page-by-page view (with transcriptions for screen readers) of her high school freshman self. She writes about depression, body image, and crushing on a friend (using "they" pronouns when "they" was often used by closeted people to avoid specifying a gender, not nonbinary). Other features include quotes from Saved by the Bell and Susan Sontag, zine reviews, and a page about the riot grrrl band Team Dresch.

    The Barnard Zine Library is physically closed, but staff are working to collect, catalog, and provide access to zines. We are also prepared to teach classes and support research.

    This week we added quaranzines about Black Lives Matter, the deep web, protest safety, getting your 💩 together, things that matter during quarantine, and CUNY's pandemic response.

    This week we added quarantine zines about Black womanhood, longing for home, socially distant friend interactions, decluttering, queer historical hookups, free stores, inside life, and how working class family members are dealing with essential work, and an air dancer flip book.

    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.