New locally made zine

The Archive is Alive: Exploring Aotearoa NZ’s Queer History is the latest zine added to our lending zine collection. Launched on Friday 2nd October 2020, it is a Wellington made zine based on the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ), and reflects on the importance of local queer history. The zine contributors explored the LAGANZ archives as a group, and photocopied posters, leaflets, and photos of queer history and culture in Aotearoa. It was made as a collaboration between LAGANZ and Wellington Zinefest, with support from the Alexander Turnbull Library and Wellington City Council Creative Communities. 

For more info and related content check out our database Archives of Sexuality & Gender, it spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century and is the largest digital collection of primary source materials relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality and gender. Highlights include New Zealand periodicals Pink Triangle and Out! New Zealand’s Alternative Lifestyle Magazine.

We want your zines!

Are you a zinemaker? Or perhaps you got creative during lockdown and made a quaranzine? Here at Wellington City Libraries we have lending zine collections at three of our branches: Newtown, Arapaki on Manners, and He Matapihi Molesworth Library. We are happy to take donations of zines for these collections, especially if you made a quaranzine during lockdown. A combination of “quarantine” and “zine”, quaranzines are creative expressions of people’s thoughts and feelings experienced during lockdown.

If you do want to donate a zine, then please drop your donation into any of our branch libraries. It will then get sent to be processed with our zine stickers and added into our catalogue, before joining the zine collection at one of our three libraries.

Zines come to Arapaki Manners Library

Our CBD branch, Arapaki Manners Library on 12 Manners Street, now has a zine collection! Zines are self-published and independently produced print publications. Zine (pronounced “zeen”) comes from the words “magazine” and “fanzine”. Zines come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be handwritten, or computer-printed, and are made by people of all ages. Zines come bound in different ways: some have bindings like books and even ISBN numbers, whereas others will be stitched or stapled together.

The zines are free to borrow, and are issued for three weeks, just like books! Most of the zines in Arapaki’s collection are brand new, and were acquired at the Wellington Zinefest held in November of last year. Nearly all the zines are written by local New Zealand authors and produced in New Zealand.

Our zines are loosely categorised into 6 topics identified by coloured dots on the covers: Comics are orange; Literature, such as poems and stories are green; Personal zines, about the author and their life, are blue; Art zines featuring drawings, photography, etc, are yellow; DIY zines about how to make or do things are black; and lastly, zines about politics, history, and everything else are white.

We also have zine collections at our Newtown and He Matapihi Molesworth branches. So check them all out and get borrowing today!

New Zines!

The last Zinefest in November was the biggest one to be held in Wellington so far. In addition to opening night festivities, the marketplace ran over two days at Te Auaha, with different stallholders on both days.

Zinefests in Wellington are normally held twice a year, and Wellington City Libraries always attends if possible. Most of our lending zine collection is bought at the marketplace. So where can you find zines now that the Central Library is closed? Our new zines are being added to Newtown Library’s collection. A collection has been based there for a while now, and Newtown is now the main source of lending zines for Wellington Library borrowers. So pop-in to Newtown to browse and borrow!

Here are some selected highlights from the November Wellington Zinefest, which will be available on Newtown Library’s shelves:

“Overcommunicate” is self-described as a “magazine for LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary folk, and friends.” Written by a variety of contributors, it is a collection of art, writing, and poetry. We have Issues 1 and 2 available to borrow.

The Crispin series. This is a set of four little zines about Crispin, a yellow, smiley-faced blob who goes on a series of adventures including: “Crispin goes fishing”, “Crispin has a series of close shaves”, “Crispin in Monday’s child”, and the “Beginners guide to drawing Crispin.” Each one is hand-coloured by the artist.

Three new zines by Willow Scarlett. Artist, writer, and learner of Latin, Scarlett has created three beautifully produced zines that combine art and writing. Their first, “Gutter Flowers volume 1” is an A5 sized, stitch-bound, black-matte covered zine with raised gold lettering. Inside are full-colour illustrations with more raised, textured lettering. The other two are A6 in size: “blood stained stairs”, and “death and beautiful illusions.” Both are short horror stories printed on thick red paper, and stitched together with gold thread.

Our final new zine was not bought at the zinefest, but was sent to us as a donation from Newtown School. It is called “Kids Write: A journal publishing awesome authors and artists.” We have Issue 1, which was produced in Term 3 of 2019. It features illustrations and writing from children aged 5 – 11.

Make n’ swap zines at the library

Create and swap zines and art at the library! On the last Thursday of each month we’re collaborating with Wellington Zinefest to create a space dedicated to zines. Make, swap, browse and chat with fellow zine enthusiasts for a couple of hours and get your creativity flowing. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own along too. There are also plenty of power points and USB chargers to keep your phones and laptops charged, if you’re working digitally.

There is also a swap element – if you have zines you’d like to swap, bring them along and trade your creations. Swaps only, no sales.

You may also choose to donate your completed zines to the library, which people will then be able to browse and borrow! Find out more about our zine collection here.

Our first meet-up is this Thursday 26th July, from 6-8pm. See you there!

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Zines galore!

If you were part of our Zine workshops in July (see picture Gallery of the industrious crowd and amazing creations), you may have caught the zine bug and produced countless works of art & literature since. Do you know that we accept your zines in our collection? We are currently processing the last 6 month’s worth of donations which will soon be available on our shelves. Watch this space!

And don’t forget, Wellington ZineFest 2015  will be held on Saturday 28th November 12-5pm at Ivy Bar. Don’t miss this essential event in the creative Wellington calendar and find treasures and inspiration for your own zines. We will be getting some new zines for our collection, as always.

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Wellington Zinefest 2015!

This year’s Wellington Zinefest is this coming Saturday, and we can’t wait! We get loads of our library zine collection from vendors at Zinefest, so you can be sure to see a whole lot of new zines on our shelves in the following weeks.

The event is this Saturday, November 28th, from 12pm-5pm. This year it takes place at Ivy Bar, in the James Smith building basement, at the bottom end of Cuba Street. Don’t worry, it’s definitely an all-ages event! Watch out for the signs on the day, they’ll make sure you get to the right place.

You can learn more about the libraries’ zine collection over on the Zines page, and if you have any zines you’d like to donate to the WCL collection we will gladly receive them! Just drop your zines off at the Central library, or your local branch so they can be sent to the central collection. If you’re a Wellington zine maker, we’d love to get 2 copies of your zine so that we can preserve one in our heritage collection. Make sure to include your name, the name of your zine, year of publication, and any other relevant information with your zines, so that we can make them easily find-able for library borrowers.

We also have the option of making your zines available through Overdrive, one of our eLibrary services. We reckon this would be particularly great for poetry and writing zines, but if you have an image based zine you’d like added to Overdrive, that is not a problem. Plus, we provide this digitisation service for free! If you’re interested in making your zines available to WCL borrowers on Overdrive, send us an email at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

See you at Zinefest!

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Zine Making Workshops for the Winter Zinefest

Zine Workshop sliderFor budding zinesters, we are very excited to announce a collaborative project to coincide with the Winter Zine Market that will be held on Saturday 18 July at the Thistle Hall (top of Cuba street)

Wellington City Libraries and well known local artist Kerry Ann Lee will be running a series of two Zine-Making workshops on Friday 17 July:
The afternoon session will take place at the Central Library (ground floor YA area) from 2.30-5pm, followed by an evening session at the Thistle Hall from 6.30-9pm.

Come and get inspiration from visual artist and zinemaker Kerry Ann Lee (who recently ran workshops at Te Papa  and Pataka Art + Museum), to create your own zine (check out our Zine blog here) from the myriad resources available at the library.

At the end of the first session, grab a bite in Cuba street and get some further inspiration from the city around you, as you make your way to the evening session at the Thistle Hall.

If you can’t join us for the afternoon session no problem, just turn up at the Thistle Hall for the 6.30pm start.

This is a FREE event. Although there is no need to book, it would be useful to tell us if you are intending to come on our Facebook Zine Workshops event page.

Library material and stationary will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your favourite supplies of pens, scissors & glue sticks!

Make this mid-July weekend a truly creative experience! Suitable for teens & adults.

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm for these workshops! Please be aware that both venues have limited capacity so be sure to arrive on time to secure yourself a seat and a space to work 🙂

New zines! New zines! How do they get here?

Have you ever wondered how the zines in our collection make their way from the artists to our library shelves? Well, I hope you have because we’re here to dispel a little of the mystery! The particular zines in this haul were all bought from the 2014 Zinefest in Wellington, where our library zine coordinator Monty spends the day buying up loads of new zines for our collection. It’s an exciting time of year and a big job to get them all processed, but here it is recorded for you all!

First of all, here’s part of the huge stack of new additions:

Zines!

Our first step is to choose a zine. I liked the lettering and illustration on the cover of this one. Then we put a pink “zines” sticker and a barcode. All our zines get these stickers, regardless of what kind of zine they are.

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Here’s Steph using a super fancy barcode ruler (it’s a piece of paper) to measure where the barcode should go so that our scanners will be able to read it. This was a big job so as you can see, we needed snacks!

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This picture features my own zine, Sock Review!

Next, if it’s a zine by a New Zealander, it gets this koru sticker. You’ll see these stickers all throughout our collection indicating NZ authors.

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Next we have to decide what kind of zine we’re processing. The categories we put our zines into are literary, personal, DIY, arts, comics and miscellaneous. Because this zine contains interviews with musicians, I put it into the “arts” category.

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After that, we manually input the zine data into our spreadsheet. You can find that spreadsheet over on the Zines popular topic page, and you can search the document for title and author if you’re looking for something specific!

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And then the zine goes onto the shelf! Most go on this shelf at Central, but some go to our zine collection at Newtown Library instead. Then we just have a hundred or so more zines to do this for!

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You can find a bunch more information on our zine collection over at the Zines popular topic page.

New Zines!

After a recent zines processing party meeting (photos to follow!), I have some new favourite zines in our collection:

photo 3Tomoda’s Adventure by Zora Patrick
Manga lovers, get in!! This is a super cute zine all about Tomoda; written entirely in Japanese but with a very handy sheet of English translations.

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Me, as soon as I opened this zine: “This is the best thing ever”.
Me, two seconds later, having read who made this zine: “omg Rachel!!”
Following: hearty group laughter, because Rachel was sitting directly opposite me.
This is exactly what the cover promises: a review of Rachel’s sock collection. Including pros, cons, origin and marks out of ten for each pair as well as adorable illustrations. So whimsical!

photo 1The Doll Haus volume 2 by Rach
This zine made me lol a lot. Features: funny / creepy anecdotes, funny / creepy vintage advertisements and articles as well as some agony aunt stories. I like it a lot.