Zine Library Day 2012!

July 10, 2012 § 3 Comments

Hey! Zine Library Day is coming up just around the corner, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is celebrating!

In case you didn’t know, Zine Library Day is declared to be “an opportunity to celebrate collections of zines around the world.” This year, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main is doing just that by allowing library patrons and community members from around the world to help us create the world’s largest zine. This brilliant idea came from the thought of doing something big and bold, and what better way to do that than by beating Visionaire, the magazine that created the world’s biggest magazine?! This earth-shattering  issue measures 57.48 inches (almost 5 feet) by 79 inches (about 6.5 feet). Yes, zines are different from magazines, but this is a good place to start. Thus, on Saturday, July 21st, we are going to make a 6 foot by 8 foot zine. Be excited!

This event will take place from noon to 5pm in the Quiet Reading Room, where patrons and community members of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. You can write a poem or an anecdote, draw a comic, collage with available materials, and/or put stickers all over the zine, or anything else that you’d like! This is a family-friendly event, and even if you don’t know a thing about zines, don’t despair! Knowledge about zines is not required. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us about them, or explore our catalog or our website.

If, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to the event, please send us any submission you might be interested in contributing to this project. Write a poem, copy your favorite recipe, draw a comic, or submit a personal story. If this is more up your alley, e-mail your submission(s) to Jude at vachonj@carnegielibrary.org

– MacKenzie


PS  – Great Comment/Question from Dotty:

Dotty Kurtz

How can you handle a zine that big?


Really good question! We forgot to let you know about that. When the zine is complete, we’re going to cut it into 4 or so horizontal strips, then accordion-fold the pages so that we’ll end up with 4 volumes. We’re going to make a special box to hold those 4 volumes and have some sort of a diagram on how to put it back together. Thanks for asking!

– Jude

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