NYC Feminist Zine Fest interviews Papercut!

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If you’re missing our table at the NYC Feminist Zine Fest at Barnard College in Manhattan this Saturday, March 1st, you can still catch our interview on their site! They asked which kitchen appliance we most resemble. Find out why we are a pressure canner.
NYC Feminist Zine Fest

BPL teen workshops, week 1!

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We told you we’re doing a series of zine workshops for teens and tweens around town this summer. It has begun!

We adore tending to our circulating collection of zines in Inman Square in Cambridge, but we exult in these invitations to bring zine love outside the confines of our walls! It warms our analog hearts to introduce workshop participants to another medium for exploring their voices and expressing their creativity, and to marvel at their own innovations within the zine format. Meanwhile it titillates our intellects to nerd out on (zine) librarianship with BPL’s skilled and personable staff members– also 80s/90s pop culture ^_^

Dudley, with teen librarian Akunna Eneh:
Participants used collage art, words, stickers, and drawings to examine reigning celebrity personas, basketball imagery, slime, sweat, librarianship, and the truth about dinosaurs.

Lower Mills, with children’s librarian Angela Bonds:
A few participants were inspired to gut some old books and commandeer the covers for their own works, filling the bindings with contents spanning fashion, hatred, and why your pet rat is not cool.

So we’re amped on this. Still to come, including four next week:

Tues. July 16 at 2PM ~~~~~~~ Hyde Park Branch, 35 Harvard Ave., Hyde Park
Weds. July 17 at 3:30 PM ~~~~ Mattapan Branch, 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan
Thurs. July 18 at 3PM ~~~~~~ Grove Hall Branch, 41 Geneva St., Dorchester
Friday July 19 at 3pm ~~~~~~ Fields Corner Branch, 1520 Dot Ave., Dorchester
Tues. July 23 at 3pm ~~~~~~~ Codman Square Branch, 690 Washington St., Dorchester
Weds. July 24 at 1:30pm ~~~~ Egleston Square Branch, 2044 Columbus Ave, Roxbury
Weds. July 31 at 2pm ~~~~~~~ Central Library Branch, 700 Boylston St. Boston
Thurs. August 8 at 3pm ~~~~~ South End Branch, 685 Tremont St. Boston
Monday August 12 at 3pm ~~~ East Boston Branch, 276 Meridian Street, East Boston


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PARTY! Papercut Turns Seven / New Zines Getting Released!

Saturday May 19, 2012
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In these kooky digital days, some have wondered whether zines are still relevant. The New York Times and the thriving existence of zine libraries like Papercut would indicate that YES! Zines are a living medium! In our seven years we have signed up ~1500 members and accumulated ~15,000 zines, placing us among the largest zine collections in the world! Aren’t you lucky to live near us?

Yes. So take advantage of your proximity and come on over to 1299 Cambridge Street 02139 on May 19th for food, fun, music, and NEW ZINES!
We invite zinesters to bring their new zines to sell/distribute. Contact papercut at riseup dot net if you want to add your zine to the party.

Zine list thus far:
High 5! The funnest and finest bi-weekly listing of free and cheap events available.
Bay State Badass #2! Brand new second issue of the lady-centric bike zine taking the streets by storm.
Today Belongs to You by Andrue Coombes
Nothing Mattress by Brian Connolly
New Vision by the Chubby Behemoth
Assorted Comic Zines by Liz Prince
Assorted Zines by Chelsea Dirck
Miss Sequential’s Sketchbook
Todo Sobre Mi Madre
Rihanna by Coorain Devin. About Rihanna and how her image functions in our culture.

There will be live music and snackies. Come and bring friends and zines!
Leave with new zines and maybe new friends ^_^

Also, check out this month’s zine exhibit: lady-ful bike zines!

Happy Friday the 13th- check out our new gardening mini-exhibit!


The queer zine mini-exhibit is down, and the weather is being freaking weird, but it is definitely gardening time and one of our newer librarians has set up a mini-exhibit featuring some of our gardening zines!

Don’t forget that Papercut is not only a fantastic resource for your gardening needs, we are now open on Fridays again! So drop on by Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 2-7!

You can also swing by to return your zines any time the Lorem Ipsum bookstore is open.

Hearts from your zine librarians!


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Did you know that one of your friendly Papercut librarians is an archivist in training? She was invited to talk at New England Archivists’ DIY-themed conference in Connecticut yesterday on a panel about Building Community Archives with Volunteers. For indeed, Papercut has always been a volunteer endeavor, and in May we will mark our seventh anniversary as such. At a packed session, also featuring representatives from Boston’s Occupy Library and Keene State’s Modern Poetry Archive, this Papercutie introduced a room bursting with archives professionals to the way we do things at Papercut, bringing along and circulating through the room for perusal over a dozen zines in the event that attendees had never encountered any (the zines that took the longest to come back: DIY Berlin: Be Your Own Damn Tour Guide, feminist bike zine Bay State Badass, There Has Been No Cover Up, exposing and fighting rape culture at Cornell University, and the Relationship Playbook from Pittsburgh). Attendees loved the zines and were fascinated and enraptured by the presentation.

Meanwhile, elsewhere at the conference, this Papercutie picked up a bottle of deacidification spray from the Preservation Technologies table, an operation run outside Pittsburgh. Most of the zines in our 14,000-item strong collection, while delightful, were generally not made for endurance. Though the cheapness of zines is generally listed among the virtues of the medium, the materials upon which most were made mean that as years and decades go by, the acid content of the paper will eventually cause the materials to devour themselves. No materials in our collections evince this more clearly than our newsprint items, plenty of which date back to the 1970s, and some from earlier. Before the bottle of deacidification spray ran out, our heroine managed to coat four copies of HOMOCORE (queer punks) from the late 80s and early 90s, as well as two anarchist-feminist publications from 1978, one produced in London and the other in JP.

True story.

So come on by! We’re here Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays 2-7 and if you ask very nicely and promise to be careful, you can examine the old things we keep hidden.

Sunday December 4: Bay State Badass bike zine release party!

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Created in the latter days of September 2011, the lady-centric Bay State Badass zine has been inducing lulz, inspiring reflection, and spreading knowledge of bike laws and safety not only throughout the Commonwealth, but the country. Entertaining and educating from Cambridge to Brookline, from Minneapolis to Kentucky, the Badass has received rave reviews from over a hundred friends and randos, and elicited approval from at least two lawyers.

So here comes this event!

3PM, Sunday December 4th at Papercut/Lorem Ipsum
1299 Cambridge Street 02139
If you ride your bike and wear your helmet to the party, you get a Papercut sticker!

In case you didn’t get one at a Critical Mass ride, proffered to you at an intersection, or thrown into your bike basket when you weren’t looking, Team Smash Em Up now invites you in from the cold to experience the Badass.

A zine for every attendee!
Accepting submissions for a second issue.
Also accepting $5± for Papercut.

What people are saying about the Bay State Badass:

I wish I could find a way to secretly pass this out to the teenage girls I teach bike safety to! – JP
Woah, rly?! This is amazing! -Cambridge
This is great! The alternating internet troll and librarian dialects make me swoon. – Ohio
I lolled; I will forgive you for the Katy Perry references. – Pittsburgh
0mg this zine! Lulz. – Ithaca
Immediate laffs – Delaware
This is so great. I want to call her and tell her how great this is, but she’s probably asleep. – reported but not confirmed in Allston
Lulz, amazing! – Everyone

Saturday 7PM: Closing Party for Prison Art Show at Papercut Zine Library!

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As you may have heard, the walls of the Papercut Zine Library in Somerville are currently displaying many fine works of incarcerated artists, as sent to local prison abolition/prisoner support groups Boston Anarchist Black Cross and Black and Pink. These pieces are all for sale, btdubs, and for entirely reasonable prices.

As you may have also heard, Papercut Zine Library is leaving Somerville at the end of the month and moving into the Lorem Ipsum bookstore in Inman Square in Cambridge, aspiring to be operational again November 1.

Between Papercut, Boston ABC, and Black and Pink, here is an opportunity to show some love for three longstanding projects– all in the same room. Though their focuses and work differ, all do concrete work to share and avail information, develop relationships, and generally build a new world in the shell of the old. So turn out and earn bragging rights for being present at one of the few remaining hurrahs of the Papercut Zine Library at 226 Pearl Street, 02145. Join us this Saturday the 17th from 7-10pm in celebrating the end of this joint exhibit of magnificent, thought-provoking, and frequently fun art! There will be refreshments, some live music, and hopefully you!

Photo by Shawn Musgrave at the Dig



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An exhibit featuring works by incarcerated artists opens this weekend and runs through September. The show, put together by local prison abolitionist groups Black and Pink and Boston Anarchist Black Cross, will be on display at Somerville’s Papercut Zine Library, located at 226 Pearl St. The space is open Saturdays and Sundays 2-7PM and by appointment. There will be a closing party Saturday September 17th at 7PM.

Highlighting prisoners’ own experiences, the exhibit sheds light on the conditions in which an ever-growing number of Americans find themselves. Incarcerating 2.3 million people, or nearly 1% of its population, the United States incarcerates a larger number and percentage of its populace than any other nation, beating out both China and Soviet Russia. 7.2 million, or around 3% of the US population, are under some form of punitive supervision. Courts disproportionately dole out punitive sentences to racial and/or sexual minorities. Black adult males, for instance, are almost 7 times more likely to be imprisoned than white male defendants. Exhibited alongside the art are these and other statistics to provide an objective context for the works.

Part of the show focuses on works by incarcerated LGBTQ people. Trans and queer people are more likely to be imprisoned than straight people and, once behind bars, encounter rampant harassment and abuse. Taken as a whole, the artwork displays a breadth of emotion and subject matter. Ranging from political indictments to some light-hearted moments, the works offer a window into how individuals can use art and creation as tools of survival in the midst of degrading and potentially violent conditions.

Given that parole in Massachusetts is in precipitous decline in the wake of the Parole Board’s gutting, there is a need to ask basic questions about our state, the values it’s founded on, and where to go from here. Boston ABC and Black and Pink hope this exhibit can provide an opportunity to ask these questions, and inspire action.

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Repro Health and ZINES! Saturday!

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Saturday May 28th, 2PM at the Somerville Public Library!

Another in Papercut Zine Library’s workshop series, magnanimously funded by the Somerville Arts Council, this time held uphill from Papercut at Somerville Public Library.

Even with the advent of the internet, zines remain one of the best sources of non-corporate reproductive health information. Our presenters will hold an open discussion, bring some of Papercut’s impressive holdings on menstruation, fertility, abortion, contraception, some props, show and tell, and several decades of experience with enduring and treating everything from cramps to yeasties to UTIs, BV and more! Info sharing fest.

This is as real as it gets!

Note: we will be talking about vulvae, vaginae, cervices & uteri because that’s what we know and got. Our expert presenters have lived with these parts for 75 years and have been menstruating for 40 of them. Funsies!

Bonus: you can follow us downhill after the workshop and imbibe the full amazingness of Papercut till 7PM.

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What's kraken?

Between our librarians’ exciting lives, the Easthampton Ladyfest, and the Boston Skillshare, there won’t be anyone holding down the library in Somerville.  So come check out the skillshare!  Our initiative brings you, once more, how to make zines! Or if you’re further West, go check out the Ladyfest– we’ll have a ziney presence there, too!

We open back up on Monday the 18th.

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