Rad Dad Event Friday @Lorem Ipsum!

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Friday, 9/16 at 7pm – RSVP on Facebook

Steve Almond, Tomas Moniz, and Jeremy Adam Smith are touring in support of Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood, which PM Press published just a few weeks ago. “If buying a gender-neutral pacifier is the most radical thing you’ve done as a parent, Rad Dad will nudge you back on track,” says the SF Weekly.

Steve Almond lives in the Boston area with his beautiful and endlessly patient wife, Erin, and their chocolate addicts-in-training children, Josie and Judah. He’s also written some books: Candyfreak; My Life in Heavy Metal; Rock n Roll Will Save Your Life; and The Evil BB Chow.

Tomas edits and writes for the zine Rad Dad, which won a Best of the Bay award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian and an Independent Press Award for Best Zine. He lives with two amazing daughters, a bunch of chickens, bees, a cat and dog in south Berkeley.

Jeremy Adam Smith is the father of Liko, age 7; author of The Daddy Shift; coeditor of Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood; founder of the acclaimed blog Daddy Dialectic; and a 2010–11 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Opening in November at our NEW Location in Inman Square

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It is our great pleasure to announce that Papercut will soon be sharing a space with our friends at Lorem Ipsum, an independent bookstore in Inman Square.

Photo by Roger Metcalf
Although our Somerville location has allowed us to grow significantly and build new relationships over the past year, we are excited about our forthcoming transition into this new space. In addition to being closer to public transportation, our new space will also be wheelchair accessible. We’re pumped to join Lorem Ipsum’s vibrant community of artists, writers, and musicians who regularly use the space for workshops, art shows, and other types of events that we ourselves have been known to coordinate. We are very excited to collaborate with the Lorem Ipsum folks on future programming, as well as a dual membership program which will be announced later!
We will officially be out of our space at 226 Pearl St., Somerville on October 1st — and we will be opening a month later at 1299 Cambridge St., Cambridge.
Our phone number, email address and website will stay the same, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or ideas you may have related to the new space. If you would like to attend a meeting, please email us ahead of time as our meetings have changed in frequency.
Thank you so much for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
The Papercut Librarians
Adrienne, Anna, Ben, David, Kimberly and Mitch

Hours changing, Circulation ceasing, and oh yea…we are moving!

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Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Patrons,
Papercut will soon cut our open hours down to Saturdays and Sundays, 2-7PM, with Monday the 8th being our last Monday for a while. We apologize if this makes visiting difficult for anyone, but we are still able to open by appointment!  If you have friends coming in from out of town, a class of students eager to learn about zines, or you just can’t seem to make it out on the weekends, please do not hesitate to drop us an email. A week’s notice is helpful, but other than that we’re pretty easygoing. Please note that if you have zines which are due on a later Monday, you can still put them through the drop slot on the front door!
In addition to changing hours, on August 20th we will halt all circulation of our materials. Not forever, but we are beginning to reorganize in preparation for another move and would like to ensure that all zines, movies, vinyl, and tapes are in order before we begin the process.
We have gotten some exciting offers and are exploring the possibilities of inhabiting a more accessible space. Although we have treasured our time and new friendships made here in East Somerville, we recognize that it is not an ideal building for us and that we should not rule out new opportunities.
Full details and final decisions on our move will be announced by September 1st, and we should be open and circulating again by January at the latest. Please come by to browse and read in the library in the meantime — and we will do our best to continue our events programming until the big move!
If you have some time in September, and would like to volunteer, please email us with any relevant info (ie: I am available at these times/I have a huge van/I love carrying heavy furniture) We could certainly use the help!
Thank you all for being a part of the Papercut Zine Library!
The Papercut Zine Librarians

Thank you, Boston Latin School!

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The Boston Latin School‘s afternoon drawing class made a trip out to Papercut recently! They were so excited about our collection, that they ended up making their own zine together. Thanks for sending us a copy, BLS. Come back any time :)


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Over a hundred wonderful patrons, friends, and supporters of the library contributed to last month’s fundraising drive. We raised a little over $2,700 — which is great — but it is not as much as we had hoped.

Here is our final push to make ends meet and keep the library open another year! We will continue to fund raise through events, shows, and grants, but with the help of this fundraiser it will not need to be our main focus. Meaning, we will have more time to spend finding the best ways to archive and share our collection with ya’ll, as well as reach out the the broader community through workshops, readings, and other events.

If you have not donated, just click the little Widget guy to the right of this blog post to send us $5 (or more) via Paypal/credit card! You can also send checks or well-concealed cash to: Papercut Zine Library, 226 Pearl St. Somerville, MA 02145

If you HAVE donated: THANK YOU so much. Now, do you have any friends who might have slacked a little or forgotten to donate? Remind them that with just $5 they can help us meet our goal. Everyone’s participation is important!

$3,500 here we come!

Check out our past blog entries, below, for recent and ongoing incentives. There will be some more raffles announced this week as well. The sooner you donate, the more chance you have of winning!

Two more reasons to donate: Kimberly and Ben!

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We at The Papercut Zine Library have decided to add yet another incentive, and this time, it’s personal. From now until the end of our drive, we’ll be holding an auction for a chance to go on an all-expenses-paid date with either Kimberly or Ben; two of our lovely librarians. The highest bidder for each librarian wins, with all the runners-up happy in the knowledge that their money has gone to a great cause.

All you have to do is make a donation either electronically on our website (papercutzinelibrary.org) with a note on which librarian you’d like to bid on, or in-person and we’ll make note of it. Both Kimberly and Ben are open to anyone bidding on them, because they know the date will be fun no matter what!

Now a bit about each of our librarians:

Ben is Papercut’s newest (and tallest) librarian. He was raised by wolves until the age of 17, when he was abandoned in a very large basket outside of the PZL. Thanks to his superpower of being able to absorb all knowledge that he eats, Ben learned how to read and write in English (albeit poorly) after masticating half of the Per-zine section. He now goes to a private college that he cannot afford, and plots his revenge against his former wolf-brethren.

Kimberly is Papercut’s senior librarian. She grew up in a tent constructed entirely from nutritional yeast and now can’t stand to be in the bulk foods section of her local grocer because of it. She is now dedicated to the study of historically silly punctuation (interrobangs, irony marks, etc…) and spends her weekends making coffee for comrades of the People’s Republic of Cambridge.

So come forth and bid on an amazing date with one of these two librarians! It’ll be a great time for everyone, and you’ll be helping out your friendly neighborhood zine library!

Haven’t Donated Yet?! Here’s another incentive!

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Donate $10 or more by NOON on TUESDAY, and you will be entered in a drawing to receive a one-of-a-kind print by Somerville’s own Comic Artist/Zinester LIZ PRINCE!

Actually, there will be two drawings: Liz will also be donating a GIFT BAG of her zines and comics to another one of our lucky donor!

So get a move-on and DONATE… We have a long way to go, and Papercut needs you!

Thanks Again,

Our 2011 Fundraising Drive! Keep Papercut open for just $5…

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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!

*The Plan*

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

Comics 101! 4/23 at 1PM

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Did you know that Papercut has nearly 4,000 comics, ranging from the independent favorites by Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, and the like to obscure superhero comics about vampires, werewolves, cowboys (and everything in between!)??

If this is relevant to your interests, stop by on Saturday, April 23 for a very special info-session on our comics library, publishing your own independent comics and more!This will be hosted by our own comic-expert, LB. Free refreshments provided. Special thanks to the Somerville Arts council for supporting this as part of our series of zine workshops this spring!

Please take this survey!

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Whether you’ve been to our new space or not, we greatly appreciate any of our friends taking this survey:


It is only 10 questions long, and will give us a better understanding of how to make our library accessible and exciting for all of our patrons!

Thank you so much

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