Yesterday was the zine mobile’s first youth-centered event — I parked outside the downtown Oakland Public Library and opened the zine mobile for reading room/library hours… inside we set up a table for zine-making. I brought two typewriters and the library had lots of awesome stamps and kids’ books bound for the recycling bin for clip art.
I feel I should confess that I was really nervous; the age group I tend to feel most comfortable around is at the other end of the age spectrum! But after some reassurance from lovely librarian Amy Martin (who set the whole thing up; thank you Amy!!!!!) and spending a few minutes with the kiddos, my anxiety vanished and I didn’t want the day to end, it was so fun and inspiring…
Some pix of what was created:
One little guy was so excited about the typewriter and asked if he could work on his novel and movie script!!
And thanks to dear friend and OPL teen librarian Amy Sonnie for bringing OPL’s teen zine collection for the afternoon!
Yay kids!!!! The zine mobile is (more) ready for you : )
From 2-5 tomorrow (Tuesday), the zine mobile will be parked on Oak Street behind the downtown Oakland library with open library/reading room hours — AND!! Inside in the Kids’ Section a station will bet up for zine-making. Supplies (paper, pens, typewriters, etc.) will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well!
Though this activity is especially for the wee(er) ones, ALL are invited and welcome : )
Yesterday’s event at Issues Magazine Shop (the cutest magazine shop in the world!) was amazing!!! Thanks so much to Kiyomi, Noella, and Joe at Issues for hosting it; to DJ Irwin for great music; to Ashley and Carolynn at Fat Bottom Bakery for the incredible cupcakes and cookies; and to everyone for coming out to celebrate zines and print culture!! Zines were donated to the collection (thank you, everyone!!), zines were checked out, and new zines were made at the mini zine making station : ) Midway thru the day, a rainbow appeared across the sky behind Issues. Aw.
And… if you missed it, it’s not too late to make a mini zine — they’re gonna leave up the zine-making station with typewriter, supplies, and instructions… so get thee to ISSUES and make a zine in time for the East Bay Zine Fest next Sunday!!