By Qadir Shabazz
September 21, 2021
Finding the safest ways to come together is the Watertown Library as they host their first annual Zine Festival of the year. COVID-19 has become a popular name with strong demands but with the understanding and compliance of our communities throughout the city of Boston and State of Massachusetts, the restrictions require masks on at all times during events and in public spaces especially if you are already vaccinated. At the beginning of the pandemic, a collective at the Watertown Library began running a Zine collection stemming from submissions from the local community ranging from ages 13 and up. With a strong pull for diversity, all age inclusiveness and a range of topics from political-aid advocacy topics to fictional storytelling, the Zine movement has been a place for everyone to settle their expressions and thoughts into.
By the end of September of 2021, the Watertown Library plans on publishing 700 zines submitted by the local community. With the first annual Zine Fest happening October 2nd, that is a great opening for people to come and join the community for an afternoon of Zine conversations and networking. From 10am to 2pm there will be a numerous amount of events happening in different spaces of the library. There will be a Marketplace for browsing and purchasing zines and books and even a chance to meet some of the Zinesters (creators of their own Zines). Also there will be A Zine-Making Hive allowing friends and families to utilize some of the zine making supplies to make their own zines and even having a chance to submit their creations to the Watertown Library right there on the spot!
There’s plenty of exciting things happening, and to cap it off there will also be a group of panelists talking about different zine topics. This is not something you want to miss out on, save the date October 2nd, 2021 at 123 Main Street, Watertown, Ma 02472.