Several Hundred Come Out for Watertown Library’s Zine Fest

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Some of the hundreds of attendees of the Watertown Library’s Zine Fest try their hand at making their own zine. (Courtesy of Watertown Library)

The Watertown Free Public Library hosted Zine Fest for the third time on Oct. 14, and people came out in droves to take part.

Around 500 people attended the third Zine Fest, according to the Watertown Library. Zines — pronounced “zeens” — are small-batch, hand-made publications that come in all shapes, sizes, and formats. Many are handwritten, photocopied, and stapled, while some are professionally printed, according to the Library’s announcement.

One of the vendors at the 2023 Watertown Library Zine Fest. (Courtesy of Watertown Library)

#WatertownZineFest 2023 was such a dream! 🖤 Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate, support, and learn all about DIY publishing at the Library,” the post on the Watertown Library’s Instagram page reads.

The festival featured over 40 zinester-vendors, a “zine-making hive” where people got to make their own book, and guest lectures who spoke about the intersection of zines, mental health, and Indigenous perspectives.

Guest lecturers talk about the impact of Zines during the Watertown Library’s third annual Zine Fest. (Courtesy of Watertown Library)

The Watertown Library wants to hear from people who attended the Zine Fest. The announcement said: “Let us know what you thought of Watertown Zine Fest by completing the teeny tiny, one-question survey here:”

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