Zines are self published works circulated on a small scale, usually printed out via photocopier. Zines can be about anything you want: comics, fanzines, poetry, etc.
The People's Zine Library (TPZL) is a free tiny online library circulating over a hundred zines BY & FOR BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) on topics such as: being afro-latinx and centroamericanx, on Black feminism, living with disability, afro/indigenous witch shit, parenthood, self-healing and self-care. TPZL zines are the personal collections of the founder Se'mana Thompson.
HOW IT WORKS:
TPZL is using the free Integrated Library System Librarika to manage the library. Patrons can sign up for membership to check-out a maximum of three zines for up to two weeks (subject to change, extensions are allowed). TPZL takes care of packaging and postage for check-out/in of zines so patrons don't have to worry about anything. We want TPLZ to be accessible to everyone!
Publish & Print. TPZL wants to help you publish & print your zine(s), especially if you are a BIPOC who is poor, a sex worker, disabled, autistic, queer, trans and non-binary. Of course assistance is dependent on funding. Currently the library prints and sells (3) artists' zines through the queer indigenous girl zine distro. If you'd like more information on how the library can help you publish & print, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zine Drives. TPZL plans to run zine drives to donate zines to organizations like those that give books to incarcerated women, trans and non-binary peoples.
SUPPORT A ZINE LIBRARY BY & FOR BIPOC:
Donate zines. Fill out this form to donate zines to the library. Donate time.In the future we will have volunteer opportunities that may include seeking out donations of zines and entering zine information into Librarika.
Donate money. The most effective way to help us build our library is by donating here.
Pledge. Support TPZL monthly by pledging on Patreon; there's (6) tiers to choose from or, pledge as much as you want.
*A BIG THANK YOU TO THE AUTISTIC PEOPLE OF COLOR FUND MICROGRANT!*
Se'mana, on behalf of The People's Zine Library, was awarded in 2018 a microgrant of $250 from the Autistic People of Color Fund, which is a fund for community reparations for autistic people of color's interdependence, survival and empowerment, made possible through the American Association of People with Disabilities Hearne Leadership Award and portion of sales from the book All the Weight of Our Dreams.