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Gloucester Zine Fest


Saturday, April 27, 2024   ||  11 am – 3 pm

20 & 21 Main Street, Gloucester

Join us at the Sawyer Free Library (21 Main Street) and our event space across the street (20 Main Street) for a day that celebrates the library’s new zine collection, zine-making, and zine culture!


Zine Marketplace || Music || Speakers || Make your own zine || Holy Cow Ice Cream
Free stuff for the first 200 attendees || And much more!

Schedule of events

11-1: Zine Making for Kids 11:30-12:30: Gloucester Student Band 12-1: Watcha' mean a zine? 1-3: Zine making for adults/teens 1:30-2:30: Reset Button

Zine Marketplace, Historic Photo Collage Craft, Typewriter Room, Holy Cow Ice Cream, Sketch Portraits

Thank you to Gloucester High School student, Sophia Montello, who designed the Gloucester Zine Fest logo.

Gloucester Zine Fest Safer Spaces Guidelines

The Gloucester Zine Fest intends to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment, free of oppressive actions, behavior, and language, where all participants and attendees can feel secure to be themselves, and express themselves freely with respect to the following guidelines: 

  • Respect the opinions, beliefs, and points of view of others, even if they differ from your own. Respect the privacy of others and their boundaries. 
  • Take responsibility for your actions, behavior, and language.
  • Speak up if you see someone who might be in trouble or need assistance.

Zine fests bring together people of all ages, from different ethnic, gender, socio-economic, educational, religious, language, and cultural backgrounds, as well as a vast spectrum of physical and mental health. A safe and respectful community is everyone’s responsibility.

The Gloucester Zine Fest does not tolerate the following forms of discrimination and abuse:

  • Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and all other forms of discrimination.
  • Physical, verbal, or mental abuse.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • Theft and/or destruction of money and/or property.
  • Disruptive and/or disrespectful actions, behavior, or language.
  • Causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe.

Should an issue or concern arise with a participant or attendee during the Gloucester Zine Fest, please feel free to notify a GZF organizer in person at the event. GZF organizers reserve the right to ask any participant or attendee to change their actions, behaviors, or language if they are not in accordance with the safer space guidelines, or leave the event if needed. Please note that any decision to remove a participant or attendee for violating the safer space guidelines is not made lightly or hastily, but is a collective decision made in the best interests of the community, and the safety of all involved in the Gloucester Zine Fest.

About Zines

What is a zine?
A zine (zeen), short for fanzine or magazine, is a DIY self-published work that is usually made on paper and photocopied. Zines are a medium for self-expression that are generally not represented in mainstream culture. They often provide a platform for people in marginalized or less-empowered communities to share their knowledge and experiences.

Why zines at the library?
The library strives to nourish creativity and provide perspectives from diverse voices. Zines provide the opportunity for both.

The Sawyer Free Library's Zine Collection
The library has a growing collection of zines that can be checked out. You can find them in our catalog.

Donating Your Zine
We look forward to accepting zine donations from library users! Zines need to be in good condition and fit within our greater collection policy.

Sawyer Free Library’s Zine Collection

Home Composting Made Easy by McDowell, C. Forrest
How to Get Off Social Media : and Still Keep In Touch With Your Friends! by Friday, Sylvia
How to Find A Therapist : the Secret Guide to Working Your Shit Out With the Mental Health Professional of Your Dreams by Harper, Faith G
Neurodivergent Pride : A User Guide to Treating People Like People, #2. by
Unfuck Your Mindfulness & Meditation : Exercises to Calm You Body, Mind, and Vagus Nerve by Harper, Faith G
How to Plan for Action : A Protest Prep Zine by Friedman, Sarah
The Prison-Industrial Complex & the Global Economy by Goldberg, Eve
Next Level Ally : How to Support Your Queer and Transgender Friends by Sachse, Eli
Diy Zines and Comix : A Sorta "how to" by Fly
Fireweed : Grassroots Radical Herbalism and Wild Foods Connecting With Kids and Family Life by Krueger, Jess
Herbs and Plants for Food and Medicine : A Field and Kitchen Guide to Your Local Plants by Banda, Arianne
Stoked On Spokes : A Community Cycling Resource Guide by
Period Prepared : Information & Self-Care for 1st Periods. by
This Body of A Woman I Inhabit by Adcock, Juana

Books about Zines

Make A Zine! : Start Your Own Underground Publishing Revolution by Biel, Joe
Richmond Independent Press : A History of the Underground Zine Scene by Brumfield, Dale M
Whatcha Mean, What's A Zine? : the Art of Making Zines and Minicomics by Todd, Mark
The Riot Grrrl Collection by
Zine Scene the Do It Yourself Guide to Zines by Block, Francesca Lia
The Factsheet Five Zine Reader : Dispatches From the Edge of the Zine Revolution by
A Girl's Guide to Taking Over the World : Writings From the Girl Zine Revolution by
Making Comic Zines by Atoms, Eddy
Stolen Sharpie Revolution : A Diy Resource for Zines and Zine Culture by Wrekk, Alex
Making Comic Zines by Atoms, Eddy
Making Comic Zines. by Atoms, Eddy
Stolen Sharpie Revolution. A Diy Resource for Zines and Zine Culture by Wrekk, Alex

Make Your Own Zine in the Library

The Sawyer Free Library has two zine-making kits you are welcome to use in the library, one for adults/young adults and one for children.

These kits include: 

  • Art Markers
  • Bone Folders
  • Charcoal Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Gel Pens
  • Pencils
  • Sharpies
  • Stapler
  • Glue Sticks
  • Paper
  • Stickers
  • Washi Tape
  • And more!

Sawyer Free Library’s Zine Donation Form

The Sawyer Free Library collects zines created by the Cape Ann community and local and international zine creators. Zines must be in good condition. 

Fill out the form below or send an email to Julie Travers at

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Is this zine yours?
How will you donate your zine?

Thank you to our community partners!


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