Papercut Cameo!

Written By: kimberly Published: Aug 12th, 2013

Check out this fantastic slideshow from zinelibraries.info on the history of zines, featuring our dear friend and former PApercut Librarian Mothra!


BPL teen workshops, week 1!

Written By: Betty Slutsky Published: Jul 12th, 2013

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


Summer workshops with the BPL

Written By: drawmedy Published: Jul 1st, 2013

Papercut was happy to be asked by Boston Public Libraries to run a series of workshops this summer in various locations around the city and surrounding areas.  These workshops are geared towards teens and pre-teens, so if you know young people or folks who hang with young people be sure to spread the word!

Tues. July 9 at 1PM ~~~~~ Dudley Branch, 65 Warren St. Roxury
Thurs. July 11 at 2PM ~~~  Lower Mills Branch, 27 Richmond St. Dorchester
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 1:30pm ~~~South End Branch, 685 Tremont St. Boston
Mon. August 12 at 3:00pm ~~~ East Boston Branch, 276 Meridian Street, East Boston

Picture via wikipedia BPL reading room in 1871 at the first Boylston Street building, the library’s location between 1858 and 1895.


Zines in Amman!

Written By: drawmedy Published: Jul 1st, 2013

Papercut has zines written in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and is excited to add its very first Arabic-language zine to the collection!  A PZL librarian was recently traveling in Jordan and had the opportunity to run a zine workshop at an awesome art making space called The Studio run by four women in Amman.  Come in to check them out in our newly cataloged zine display!  There are more photos from the workshop on The Studio’s photo feed.


Spring Yard Sale – Library Fundraiser

Written By: drawmedy Published: May 12th, 2013

~~Saturday May 18th ~~ 10am – 4pm ~~  32 Mansfield St. Lower Allston~~

** Music and movies**
** Books and Zines**
**Clothes and Houseware**
**Art and Office Supplies**
** brick and / or brack**

Share fb event with friends!

~~~All proceeds to benefit the library~~~


Poety Open Mic and Library Fundraiser

Written By: drawmedy Published: Apr 21st, 2013

April is National Poetry Month

Papercut invites you to the library to check out our new poetry display

and to enjoy

readings by Antonio Ochoa, Jesse Mack, and maybe you?

We’ll also be raising some funds for our dear library, so there will be delicious baked goods for sale and opportunities to donate.

Hope to see you there!   Feel free to join and share the facebook event.

(Image from this blog)


Probably goes without saying,

Written By: kimberly Published: Apr 19th, 2013

But we will be closed today. Please stay safe, everyone!


Papercut Catalogues its 15,000th Zine!

Written By: SeanieSparks Published: Mar 23rd, 2013

Hello Zinesters!

We are pleased to announce that Papercut Zine Library has recently catalogued its 15000th zine! This is such a wonderful accomplishment; it really humbles all of us involved with the collective because it demonstrates the years and years of hard work of our librarians and the never-ending support of our patrons. Once again, thank you to all those who have helped make PZL what it is over all of these tumultuous, yet wonderful, years. After two relocations, we are still going strong, and there are some big plans in the works for the future. We are all very excited for the coming months and wherever this wild adventure that is organizing a completely volunteer-run zine library will bring us!

Please be sure to stop in and renew your yearly membership and/or convince your friends to help sustain the library by signing up. Every (re)new(ed) membership counts and helps us to continue serving as a resource for the metro-Boston zine/DIY/librarian community.

Also, what better time to stop in and browse zines than now! We have recently swapped out our fabulous February/March zine display on “relationships” for an equally terrific zine display of literature/poetry zines! Hand-picked by one of our librarians, we guarantee that the zines will leave you wanting to put the ink to the paper and draft your own zine full of witty lines and feelings. :)

Happy Spring,
Seanie, PZL


Update About Our Collective Meetings

Written By: kimberly Published: Feb 15th, 2013

Historically, Papercut Librarians have met each Monday at 7:30pm to discuss matters pertaining to the library. During these meetings, we introduce the library to new trainees, discuss fund-raising efforts, propose new ways to organize and catalog materials, and so much more. Unfortunately, sometimes night-classes, work, and other responsibilities keep librarians from attending on Monday nights, so we’ve come up with a compromise:

From now on, PCZL meetings will be held on the 1st, 2nd, 4th (and if there’s a 5th, the 5th) Monday night. On the 3rd week of each month, we will meet on Sunday afternoon instead!

Occasionally, we have also been switching to a chatroom meeting (oftentimes due to weather). We try to alert the list serve when this happens, but if you are planning on attending a meeting for the first time it’s a good idea to email us so that we can be in touch. Again, this doesn’t happen often, but we just want to make sure nobody shows up to an empty library!

If you’re interested in getting involved, Papercut is always looking for new volunteers. Email us at Papercut(at)rise up(dot)net for more info.


We are still here!!!

Written By: kimberly Published: Feb 4th, 2013

We apologize for the minor panic last week. For those who have not heard, Lorem Ipsum, the bookstore that Papercut lives in, is facing some serious financial trouble. Their landlord has extended the time they have to pay their back-rent, however, we are not quite sure what the future holds for the library or this store. Both are incredible resources, and now true staples of Inman Square. We will keep everybody updated as soon as we know more. Until then, please assume Papercut will contnue to be open during our regular hours (Friday-Monday, 2-7pm).

Thank you!

More info on the situation in the Phoenix Blog (Click here)


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