Directions to Opening Celebration

In case you need directions to the Brooklyn College campus for our zine celebration tomorrow, you can look for details on this page.

Visitors may be asked for identification when coming onto our campus, but the event is free and open to the public.

The Brooklyn College Library is located within the building with the clock tower on campus (easy to find!).

All of the events for our opening will be held on the first floor of the library (to the right when you enter the front doors and toward the back of the library).

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Fold, Staple, Share Flyer

Flyer by zine interns Sarah Rappo and Erica Saunders–please share!

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Press Release: Brooklyn College Library Unveils Zine Collection

For Immediate Release

Brooklyn College Library Unveils Zine Collection: 

Opening Celebration to Include Zine Readings and Exhibition,

July 31, 2012 7-9pm

Brooklyn, NY — In celebration of the newly-established Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection, an opening celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 31 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, in Brooklyn College Library’s Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room (1st floor). The event, which is open to the public, will feature zine readings, refreshments, an exhibition, and will represent the official unveiling of the browsing collection.

Zines (a contraction of “magazines”) are independent publications often authored/assembled by an individual or small group, reproduced on a photocopier, and distributed inexpensively in small runs, or traded from person to person. Zine collections are increasingly being established by librarians and archivists in an effort to include underrepresented perspectives and unique points of view in library collections.

The exhibition, entitled Fold, Staple, Share: Highlights from the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection, will run throughout the summer and fall semesters and will spotlight notable zines from the collection, as well as information about zine-making and zine culture.

The reading on July 31 will feature local Brooklyn zinesters Kate Angell, Elvis Bakaitis, Tommy Pico, and Kate Wadkins, as well as Brooklyn College students Afrah Ahmed, Emma Karin Eriksson, and Tzirel Norman, among others.

The Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection specializes in printed zines that relate to Brooklyn, zines by Brooklyn College students and alumni, zines about zines, and other zines that relate to the student body and curriculum of Brooklyn College. The Zine Collection was founded in 2011 by Alycia Sellie, Media and Cultural Studies Librarian at Brooklyn College Library, with assistance from two cohorts of summer zine interns: Devon Nevola and Robin Potter (2011), and Sarah Rappo and Erica Saunders (2012). Whenever possible, two copies of each zine are collected: one will be in the open browsing collection, accessible whenever the library is open; the other will be placed in Special Collections at the library, accessible by appointment.

For more information on the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection, please contact Alycia Sellie or visit

Contact:  Alycia Sellie
Media and Cultural Studies Librarian
Brooklyn College Library                                                                                                
(718) 758-8217

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Pete’s Mini Zine Fest July 21

July 21 is Zine Library Day. But since our library happens to be closed on that Saturday, we’ll be visiting Pete’s Mini Zine Fest at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg instead, and then celebrating our zine collection on the 31st. Hope to see you at the Fest!

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31 Days of International Zine Month!

Portland zinester Alex Wrekk has made this poster in celebration of International Zine Month–July. You can order your own poster, or print out a copy from this PDF. We suggest you have your photo taken with your zine on July 31st at the Brooklyn College Library!

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Mark your calendars: on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, the Brooklyn College Library will celebrate the opening of our zine collection from 7-9pm. We will debut the new browsing collection in the library and applaud Brooklyn zines.

This celebration will be open to all. We hope to welcome everyone who has been a part of building the collection into the library to see the zines on the shelves.

Which means we need you: in addition to unveiling our new browsing collection and debuting an exhibition about zines, we would like to have a short zine reading, focusing upon Brooklyn zinesters (starting at 7:30pm on the 31st). If you have a zine you would like to read during our celebration, please get in touch! 

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Welcome our new zine interns!

I’m so happy to welcome Erica Saunders and Sarah Rappo to the Brooklyn College Library as our summer 2012 zine interns! Erica and Sarah are both library students attending Queens College.

This summer they will be working on some very exciting projects–a zine exhibition and an opening celebration for our new browsing collection (keep July open for a trip to Midwood!). Stay tuned hear to find out more about their work at BCL and other exciting things to come!

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See you at the Brooklyn Zine Fest!


We’re excited to be tabling at the Brooklyn Zine Fest tomorrow–we’ll debut a new BCL zine, and hope to do some trades for the collection!

p.s. We really love the Meet Your Zinemaker series that the BZF folks have been doing, and even got interviewed about The Borough is My Library and the zine collection…

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The Start of a List of Zines about Immigration and Nationality

A while back I asked readers of this blog and a group of zine librarians for suggestions of zines that talk about immigration, nationality and transition. I got a lot of great recommendations (thank you Jenna and Kate and Sara and Tracy and Amy!).

Now I’m sharing the information that I was able to collect and organize–the organization due to the hard work of zine volunteer Erica Saunders (thank you Erica!).

The list below is start at gathering these titles together. If you have additional information (links, authors, etc.) to add, or zines that you wish to have listed, please get in touch (zinecollection(at)brooklyn(dot)cuny(dot)edu) or leave a comment–we will try to keep this list continually updated as we collect and catalog new zines for the collection. Continue reading

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Essential Hues Looking for Zines

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