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Library News

This week we added a lot of zines that are about the ups and downs of quarantine life--and one zine about having impostor syndrome in comedy improv.

This week we added zines about going to school from going to school from twelve hours in the future, T-shirts worn during quarantine, Asian American coronavirus experiences, London street scenes, what the coronavirus is and how to deal with it (in English and español), a vision of the future if we minimize global warming, zines purchased during the pandemic, the passing of a beloved cat during the early days of social distancing, and body image during the crisis: don't diet!

We've added ten new pandemic zines this week. They're about making the best of things, Zooming art school, how life is different under quarantine, how ventilators work, isolated living, what skateboarders in the UK are doing to occupy their time, weekly news rundowns, meditating while Black, and what service workers in PDX are up to while they're unemployed.

This week added ten more COVID-19 zines to our collection. They are about the politics of face masks in Hong Kong, how quarantine looks to a cat (stop touching my touch beans!), home office problems, parents observing social distance, parenting a kindergartner while quarantined, growing seeds, what's good and bad about social distancing, neighborhood mutual (in German), and rural life for a working class Columbia alum, plus boredom tweets collaged over a SimCity background by an artist from Istanbul.

We're adding zines to our COVID-19 collection about the greater implications of festivals like Coachella being canceled, quarantine life, fantasizing about life after quarantine, the massive scope of the coronavirus, how to upcycle food waste, annoying neighbors, giving up shaving body hair because of social isolation, a small moment of connection with a stranger, and despite being in a privileged position, being overwhelmed with feelings.

We added zines about quarantine rituals, the view from the kitchen window, missing and not missing the outside world, boredom, and mindfulness practices.

We added COVID-19 zines about staying home, anxiety shopping, shopping anxiety, political rage, sharing snack bounty, food fantasies, boredom, Easter memories, and how childhood poverty and trauma affect a person in time of crisis.

We're adding zines about anti-Asian racism and the model minority myth, parenting kids and being away from your aging parents during quarantine, social closeness, missing people and things while maxing out on mass media, missing one's bagelry, taking responsibility for complicity, migrant farmworkers' conditions during the coronavirus, a mother's sexy self, and having hope for the future.

This time we added zines about Barnard Bartending (RIP), witchery, failure, microaggressions, midlife crises, a breakup, eating disorders and addiction, things that make you happen, and vegan eating and Xicanx identities.

This week we add zines about urban gardening, putting food on a tray for an isolating family member, COVID-19 coping strategies, feeling the crushing weight of the world, US healthcare challenges, making a Passover Seder for one, longing for love while isolated, moving during quarantine, facial expressions hidden by masks, anger at the state of US politics and ICE activities, and evolving isolation thoughts, along with a collective zine by roommates detailing their life under quarantine, including riding the subway and food insecurity.

We're adding zines to our library about Millennial lyfe, sober bicycle touring, Unitarianism, queer/trans bible study, quarantine activities, acupuncture practice and Orientalism, missing college during quarantine, being an academic librarian as the shut down began, and moving from Indiana to Arizona, along with poems by a trans man imagining boyhood.

This time we added zines about COVID19 care among Asian American feminists, wearing masks in Hong Kong and the US, COVID19 self-care practices among yoga practitioners, what is in anthropomorphic paintings from the US National Gallery of Art's hearts, gardening with youth at Rikers, mushrooms, and the database Sci-Hub.

Today we're added zines about tween love, Latina artists, rage against childhood bullies, rage against Brett Kavanaugh, self-acceptance, dating, reading, revenge porn, board games, and mujer life.

This week we added zines about disability and sexuality, a residency in the Arctic, protest signs, fertility awareness, mujer life, vaginal ecology, and a trip to Japan, along with Beatles-inspired fiction, a witchy 2019 calendar, and a photo file of protest signs.

This week we added zines about kicking synthetic hormone birth control, Hurricane Irma, sex, dropping out of high school and homeschooling, general punkness, and artist's model life, and erotic fiction about the NSA.

This week we added zines about grandmothers, zine fests, Kate Middleton, ways to conserve resources, kittens, visiting Portland (Oregon), IMATS, heart unfelt apologies, riot grrrl, mental health in library staff, and a queer teen about to start school at Hampshire in the early 1990s.

This week we added zines about snorkeling with eels, mental health in the library profession, zine life (with zine reviews). We also cataloged 11 zines made for Wendy Schor-Haim's First Year Seminar on witches.

This week we added zines about a year in the life of an artist, screen time, summer in Columbus Ohio, menopause, neighborhood girls, going out vs. staying in, public pancakes, mothering and daughtering, teaching college in Spokane, meanderings, making stuff, zine librarians and pedagogy, along with short stories from Sydney, Australia.

This week we added zines about queer sexuality, community care with regard to work burnout, what men seem to be like, witches and witchcraft, insomnia, dissociation, sewing and fashion, how to abort a fetus, self-care for introverts, the show Once Upon a Time, depressive behaviors in high school (e.g., cutting and bulimia) and poutine.

This week we added zines to our collection about working class queer love for Bruce Springsteen, pay equity, the off-line life of a White Plains couple, audio cassettes, sewing, poutine, dissociation, community reading of the book Educated, sex positivity, fashion, and feminist theory, and a Japanese/English bilingual zine about UK street cats.