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This week we're adding photography zines made by zine assistant Grace Li BC '24. The zines depict people, dogs, and scenes in Barcelona, Beijing, New Hampshire, and other locations.

This week we added zines about working in domestic violence shelters, eating disorder and other body issues, women traveling solo in South America, sex, sluttiness, sex work, feminism in Poland, witchcraft and elders, and Barnard Zine Club members writing and art on the theme of "return."

We added zines documenting one artist's life in zines and experiencing racist microaggressions in her day to day, along with a nine-year-old girl's guide to cat-having and thoughts about delayed onset homosexuality.

This week we added zines about quarantine, chronic illnesses, tarot, Covid mourning, Covid parenting, mad zining, loving your own body, and going offline, and interviews with radical librarians and technologists.

With Valentine's Day approaching, we want folks to know that there's a place in the zine library for people who aren't interested in sex and/or romantic love.

This week we added zines about feminism and anger, suicide prevention, a white 100-year-old antiracist activist, mangosteens and durian, the likes and dislikes of a roller derby skating Australian librarian, a Portland OR college women's empowerment group. and a Canadian college student's loves: cooking and the CBC.

We added zines from a senior visual art thesis, activities to do in the rain, alternative back pain treatments, and reflections on the Universal Human Rights Declaration 70 years later by youth of color.

Today we added zines about WBAR and the DHC and zines donated by Bitch Media about feminism, navigating life with a facial deformity, menstruation, sex trafficking, scams, and waiting for health news.

This week we added zines about revolution, DIY radio, 1996 computer geekery, feminist health, reproductive rights, a mass kidnapping and likely murder in Mexico, and sobriety in punk/activist scenes.

This week we added zines about cooking and family lore, crafting, feminism, sex, walking while femme, riot grrrl music, library work and culture, and the New Zealand zine scene. 

Meet one of the Zine Library's new assistants!

After a restful fall break, we bring you the November 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!  

This week we added zines about DIY zine making, tech: you do want FRIES with that, punk life, thoughts on zine making ten years in, Stone Sour fandom, ants, music, an LA teenhood with boys, food and family, and the history of a radical choir including its performances at the WTO protests.

This week we added zines about an artist's stream of conscious regarding zines and work, mugs, doing a lot of yoga while living with your parents before starting grad school, and flash fiction inspired by old photographs

This week we added zines about 9/11 and its anti-Muslim aftermath, a day in the life of Edinburghers, finals weeks for a substance abuser during covid, self-perception, cat love, time in a psychiatric hospital, and sustainable fashion, along with art collages, vegan recipes, and illustrated Mountain Goats lyrics.

This week we added zines about ancestors, life in Palestine, migraines, life in Pune, life for women in Lebanon, menopausal vengeance, sneaking books into Palestine, the politics of sex work, good things, and traveling alone while female.

This week we added zines from the summer's Leadership in Action program. Students wrote about reproductive freedom, incarceration, body image,  disparities in education, and how Asian women are racialized in mainstream media.

Wrapping up the first month of classes, we bring you the October 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!  

This week we added zines about making art in hard times, court watch, Black women murdered by police, mutual food aid, and racism in Queens, police ineffectiveness and abolition, and a glossary of queer culture terms for teens.

This week we added zines about radical Barnumbia, a retired school librarian, filing for unemployment in pandemic times, an AFAB GenXer remembering expecting to grow up to be a man, translations of Ntozake Shange's poems, the program accompanying a Barnard alum's dance installation, quarantine times in Salt Lake City, frustrations with people who don't mask/vax, exercising for health rather than beauty, and coping with the long term impacts of rape.

Activists, including zine makers, took over Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan in September 2011 to draw attention to economic and other injustices.

With the fall semester right around the corner, we bring you the September 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!  

This week we added zines about being sick with Covid, zine culture and community, parenting a teen in quarantine, preparing to return to work at work, political protests during lockdown and complicated ancestry.

This week we added zines critiquing capitalism, anti-Black racism, the patriarchy, hierarchy, imperialism, and time as a construct that rules our lives. The zines are pro affinity, relationship building, mutual aid, and care.

Zoë Webb-Mack (BC '21) is the 2021-2022 Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Vagelos Computational Science Center

This week we added zines about sobriety, savagery, the good and the bad, trauma aware tattooing, sex work, queer friendships, radical Filipines, antiviolence work, and zine reviews.

To kick off the last month of summer, we bring you the August 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff! 

This week we added zines about college life as filtered through Facebook, missing friends in Covid times, South Asian feminism, pandemic behind bars, depression, the aftermath of incest, and patterns for 7-day candle prayers. 

We added zines from Columbia organizations (South Asian Feminisms Alliance and IRWGS que(e)ry collective), daily comics from a middle-aged lesbian cappuccino enthusiast, zines and coloring books from Mexico and Chile about animals, trees, sex, and feminism; an APA citation primer; a zine about a public library, and a 2007 anarchafeminist comp zine from Ireland.

In the heat and humidity of the summer, we bring you the July 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!  

Katie Brady (BC '20), Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Vagelos Computational Science Center, leaves Barnard to work on software development for a startup whose mission she is very excited about.

This week we added zines about JK Rowling's take on transgender women, Asian Pacific American students at Barnumbia, Mexican women artists, how to make zines, nudity in court, animated gifs, and a woman mourning her grandfather while eating a box of Godiva chocolate truffles. Four of the zines are in Spanish.

The Movement Lab has opened applications for its Post Baccalaureate Fellowship position. This full-time, year-long job will help develop skills and technical / creative / collaborative insights through assisting in the operational logistics of running the Movement Lab, along with supporting the research and development of a personal creative project. You must be a resent Barnard/Columbia graduate in order to apply.  

Did you know we have zines in our collection from almost 50 countries in more than a dozen languages? That includes these French zines you can read on the way to storming the Bastille in July!

This week we added zines about Asian American diaspora, moving karaoke and group dance activities online during quarantine, the manager of Chicago zine hub Quimby's,  "bad" zines, poems about lovers, River Phoenix and Gus Van Sant, an anxious New Zealand teen, gender nonconformity, self-care for teens, and Sri Lankan architect Minnette de Silva.

With the summer sun beating down, we bring you the June 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff! 

Saima Akhtar is the Associate Director for the Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC)

 

This week we added zines about community care, corporate feminism, activism in education, climate change, life after a brain injury, coming out, Animal Crossing appreciation (in 2009), gender identity and fashion, a break-up, and daily comics by a lesbian foodie and cat lady in LA.

This week we added zines and comics about quarantine life, digital horror, queer teenhood and Heavens to Betsy, scenes from nature, mental health in librarianship and archives, constraint, Asian American activism, and zines made by Athena Center's Leadership in Action teens from around the world.  

This week we added zines made for classes: Black Feminist Portal, Feminist Architecture History, Applications in Climate and Society, and Dance Criticism plus minicomics about polyamory and sisters who visit a forest in a warehouse and fanzines about manicures and Cyndi Lauper.

As the summer semester starts up, we bring you the May 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!

This week we added a zine about herbal medications for the Real Housewives of SLC, and four issues of a zine by a queer, polyamorous nonbinary white person with Graves disease recounting their life and loves.

We added zines about relationship souvenirs, pandemic life through photographs, intergenerational space pirates, incarcerated Black women, dating, men peer educating men about accountability, civil rights survey responses from white people, prison abolition, President Trump's 75th-100th days in office, and moving to a new city.

This week we added zines about dating and going about your life while being gender-nonconfirming and polyamorous, soda fandom, tips for relaxation, a genderqueer Chicanx artist's gay root, and evidence-based medicine and its friends.

This week we added zines about the beginnings of hope as people are starting to get vaccinated, chronic illness likened to vampirism, queer and trans students of color at Barnumbia, nephrotic syndrome, building community through zine workshops, the band Idlewild, and a sketchy zine about justice for accusers and the accused of intimate violence.

With this warm weather and sunshine, we bring you the April 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!

We added zines about Blasian women icons, Barnard first year pandemic experiences and TV picks, antisemitism in the US, quarantine life for a roller derby playing librarian in Australia, a daily photography project, and fascism in New Zealand.                                                  .

We added zines by Big Problems students about quarantine life, 2020 music, survival tips, schooling from home, and K-Pop and a photography zine by a long-time zine maker documenting her 2020.

Wishing you all a restful break, we share the March 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!

“A world without police and prisons is not something we can get just by making demands of the state. A world that is genuinely safe and nourishing for us all, one without punishment or exile is one that makes demands of us: that we take care of each other.”

We've added zines about quarantine life for a Korean-American mother and daughter, reflections on friendship about ten years out from undergrad, nonbinary identity, humor and popular culture from a Beverly Hills perspective, how your cell phone is spying on you, and older zines about making one's punk, fat, queer, or gender nonconforming or way in the world, along with a button and zine catalog.

Director of AV Services Patrick Eisenhauer, Director of AV Services is leaving Barnard this week, taking the role of Director of AV at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

A belated Happy New Year! With students back on campus, we're particularly excited to share the January/February 2021 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!   

We added zines about equity in education, fast fashion, empathy, monuments (in English and Spanish), quarantine time, Keanu Reeves in conversation with Pema Chödrön, an American in Germany, an Ohio housewife who has had it with Donald Trump, and overthrowing your job.

This week we added zines by students in Barnard's Pre-College Program in the Young Women's Leadership Initiative (YWLI) track offered by the Athena Center and the latest issue of the Barnard Zine Club zine, Sticks & Stones #19: Found. The YWLI zines confront inequities and injustice in education, stereotypes, gun violence, discrimination against transgender people, reproductive justice, quaggas, and the general blight of capitalism.

The Dean will provide intellectual, strategic, operational, and visionary leadership for the Library in alignment with Barnard’s vision, mission and strategic goals.

We added zines about dating, sex, breakups, touring with a band, traveling around African countries, hapa and mixed race identities, the joys of laying out a zine using real scissors and glue, and poems about losing your mother in your 20s.

This week we added zines about a Kinsey 5 girl falling in love with a man while studying abroad in France, a Spanish lesbian in Montréal writing in English and French, DIY reproductive health with herbs, reproductive justice, the masculine and feminine in punk,  and how to make paper stars (thereby soothing your soul).

This week we added zines about navigating holidays with family, solo living during quarantine, police budgets in Connecticut related to percentage of white residents, making music when you can't practice with your band, pandemic life for middle schoolers in Abu Dhabi, the US election, and Onion-like stories from a US expat in Berlin.

This week we added zines about famous people who share the same name, feeling the sad, pandemic coping for kids, quarantine life in Berlin (The Onion style), queer quarantine TV choices, female-bodied genderqueer femme gay boi Gemini rising identity, and ex-boifriends.

With the fall semester coming to end and holiday season on its way, it's time for the December 2020 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!

This week we added zines about non-electoral activism, policing in libraries, May Day in Austria under quarantine, ICE watch, police abolition, worldwide deities, growth, small sources of joy, and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ireland.

This week we added zines about carceral abolition, asexual crush types, quarantine madness, the ally industrial complex, femme sex workers, alternatives to calling the police, an early 20th century incarcerated Black woman, voting as upholding colonial systems, and science fiction.

This week we added zines from the US and Poland about capitalism and Covid, making political art, building a DIY graywater reclamation hand washing station, 1980s nostalgia, pet cats, affordable routes to home ownership, how the male gaze may influence sexuality, and a late 1980s zine about literature and libraries.

As the leaves fall and the weather gets chilly, cozy up with the November 2020 issue of @barnlib. Keep reading for news and highlights from the BLAIS Staff!

This week we added zines about queer Scottish feminists and the Black Lives Matter movement, archival research on queer addicts, political history of needlecraft, anxiety and depression exacerbated by quarantine, social distancing, teenage girl art and activism, and Ramadan food and activities.