This May, Papercut Zine Library will celebrate its 6th year of operating, and a whole year of paying rent at our current location. In that time we have:
*Hosted zine release parties, musical performances, movie showings, and other events
*Showcased works of local artists by incorporating a gallery into our space
*Secured a grant from the Somerville Arts Council – Our first grant ever!
*Held a series of hands-on workshops on zines throughout the Boston area
*Continued to develop workshops, work with local groups, and remain active in our community
As excited as we are about our accomplishments this year, there are new challenges that we are working to overcome. Though it may be in our future, we are not presently a 501(c)(3), which means that our beloved library project is managed by a handful of dedicated unprofessionals, with very limited fundraising knowledge and experience.
Our DIY ethos means we want our services and events to be affordable; membership is free/sliding-scale, late fees are trifling, and we ask sliding-scale prices for merch and events, never turning anyone away for lack of funds. We are deeply appreciative for the membership donations and on-going support of our friends. As we work towards longer-term financial sustainability we are initiating a new fundraising campaign; one that could fund our entire operation for the next year or more!
Our library member base includes over 1,350 zine-loving folks. If even 1,000 of our members each gave just $5 in the next 5 weeks, we could cover all of our expenses for an entire year.
We have established the goal of raising $5,000 by June 1st. With your help, we can reach this goal and continue to provide access to our collection, host events and workshops, showcase local artists and continue to expand our programming throughout the year!
*How to Donate*
More than anything, we’d love for you to come by our new space. Come see first-hand what your donation will be going towards, and meet the librarians themselves.
If you cannot make it down to the library, Papercut can also now receive checks and Paypal donations.
*Checks can be made out to Papercut Zine Library, and sent to: 226 Pearl St, Somerville, MA 02145
*Paypal donations can be sent via our Chip In Page
*We would like to thank you…*
Every patron who comes to Papercut and donates will receive a special gift from us!
* $5: a giftpack which includes a Papercut button, sticker, patch and a letter of thanks.
* $30 or more: a limited-edition zine about our library, created especially for our donors.
*If we receive more than $50, our creative team will add still more ways to show our gratitude.
Thank you for being part of the Papercut Zine Library, whether you have checked out zines, attended an event, or donated your own zine on the regular. We librarians are excited and proud to showcase these works, and be a part of such a supportive community of creative folks.
The Papercut Zine Librarians