Consent Zines

Consent Zines

Good consent is very important. Consent is a mutual verbal, physical, and emotional agreement that happens without manipulation, threats, or head games. As Project Respect states, “Everyone has the right to sexuality without violence and as part of that, positive sexuality begins with enthusiastic consent. This means being as excited and into someone else’s enjoyment as we are excited and into our own enjoyment. Only yes means yes – and yes should come from an engaged and enthusiastic partner.” The following zines speak more to this subject, and offer some good tools to consider when approaching sex, love, and daily life.



See no speak no hear no : articles & questions about sexual assault

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This zine collects stories about sexual assault in punk/anarchist communities. It includes comics and essays from both the perspective of an assaulter and a survivor.


Sexual objectification

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A Bloomington created/distributed piece, this zine has perspectives from three individuals on how being objectified for their bodies is upsetting and triggering.


Learning good consent

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Curated by Doris editor Cindy Crabb, Learning Good Consent looks at the culture of sexual consent from a standpoint both sexy and educational. Over the course of 46 pages, Cindy and friends create a well-rounded consent workshop, with all sites set on healing and helping. As says Cindy in the zine's intro, "Talking about our experiences with consent, our struggles, our mistakes and how we've learned, these are part of a much larger revolutionary struggle." (


Ouch! Reflections on bad sex, rape, & shame

Cover of Ouch! Reflections on bad sex, rape, & shame

This is a zine about personal experiences with sexual assault and bad sex. As the author states, “I share these experiences and reflections openly, in hopes that true stories of sexual assault (and the emotional processing after a sexual assault) can be valuable in making sense of sexual assault, both on a personal level, and on a societal level.”



Cover of Support

In a time when sexual assault and abuse are an increasing problem; even in so-called radical and punk communities, and when most women have been sexually abused in one way or another, Cindy Crabb (Doris zine) brings us a document showing ways to prevent sexual violence and support survivors of sexual abuse. The zine helps to define consent, some letters that Cindy has received, listening, talking about sex, power dynamics, comics by Fly, and much more.


Let’s Talk: Feminist Communication for Radicalizing Sex, Consent & Interpersonal Dynamics

Cover of Let’s Talk: Feminist Communication for Radicalizing Sex, Consent & Interpersonal Dynamics

A helpful zine exploring the connections between feminist communication, consent, interpersonal dynamics, and healing from abuse. It’s focus on how we communicate with each other makes it worth reading, even for those already familiar with the concept of consent. It’s written in an engaging way and includes valuable information on gendered differences in communication, communicating boundaries and triggers, and consent. There’s also a number of activities aimed an encouraging further discussion and reflection.


Act Now!

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A zine sponsored by the Simmons College Violence Prevention and Educational Outreach Program, this zine encourages dialogue around issues of gender-based violence. Full of online resources for learning better consent techniques and full-color pages of survivor stories and mottos.


In October, some zines on consent and survivor stories from abusive relationships will be available and free to pick up along with our CAVs (Creating Access for Violence Survivors) programs. If you would like some of these printed materials sooner, please email Annise Blanchard at ablancha [at]

The Library’s zine collection covers a wide and diverse range of voices and topics from cooking and crafts, to psychology and politics. You can find it in The Commons on the second floor of the Main Library. Interested in having your zine added to the collection? Submit a copy for consideration at any information desk or email Annise Blanchard at ablancha [at]

Reading Glasses Available at the Library

Around 30 years ago, Librarians began to purchase a small supply of reading glasses for use in the Library. Staff realized that many of the customers who borrowed glasses could not afford to buy pairs for themselves. As demand grew, the Library looked for a way to allow customers to keep their glasses. The Library found an affordable solution, purchasing discounted pairs through the eyeglass recycling program at the Lions Club. 

Last August, Sharon Marsh, a faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College and employee of the IU School of Optometry, overheard a Library customer request a pair of reading glasses from a Library employee. In the Optometric Technology program at Ivy Tech, Marsh teaches a class where students make glasses with reconditioned frames and optical quality lenses. Marsh reached out to Community Engagement Librarian, Bobby Overman, to see if the Library would be interested in receiving donations of these glasses. 

The Library currently distributes around 500–600 pairs of glasses a year. Donations from Marsh’s students allow the Library to supplement its annual Lions Club purchase with high-quality glasses in common strengths. Customers especially appreciate the glasses cases that are often included with the glasses from the Ivy Tech program. Students in the program love the idea that the eyeglasses they make are more than just practice––and the Library is thrilled to be able to distribute free eyeglasses to people who need them.

Patrons can request a pair of glasses from any information desk at the Main Library or Ellettsville Branch. Learn more about Library accessibility offerings.

Cooking Zines

Cooking Zines

Looking to change up your cooking routine? Add some new recipes to the ol’ repertoire? Some new culinary delights would be nice! You could turn to a conventional cookbook, but you’re likely to only find conventional foods there. No, what you need is something a little more cutting edge, a shake up in your giddy-up, some unconventional food for these unconventional times; what better place to look for this than in that most unconventional format: zines!

Vegan Pho : a recipe
Phở, the delicious Vietnamese soup, has a umami depth of flavor that is usually achieved with meat, and veg/vegan options often are not as rich. But, fear not non-meat-eaters of the world, Juli Jump Rope has a recipe to make this noodle dish with out pho-ail! 

Food to eat from a human skull
Travelkid delights in this handwritten zine of vegan recipes. Including iconic recipes such as “Weer Baffles” to make after a heavy drinking or a “Condom Mint Sandwich” of bread and vegenaise, these recipes are sure to saturate the mind and body.

Comestible summer 2016

Grow, Explore, Eat: More than just a cookbook this zine is organized around these three concepts and includes articles on the process of growing food and processing it, and how different factors impact this process. The final section includes a variety of delightful recipes! 

The Best of Vegetables From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens

In this short but full anthology, vegetarian recipes such as “Crispy Topped Cheese Potatoes” and “Candied Sweet Potatoes” are bound to satisfy.

Bananarchy now! : the further vegetarian adventures of SoyBoi and friends 

Join Milo and friends as they explore unique and interesting vegetarian and vegan recipes! Including such things as “Banana Soup”, “Block Rockin’ Beets”, “Paneer Fritters”, and, our personal favorite, “Emily D’s Red Lentil Lunch for Librarians.” These recipes are all relatively simple, with easy instructions on how to prepare and cook - so please, pick up this zine and enjoy new recipes today!

Check out a cooking zine today! Maybe you’ll be inspired for your next great culinary masterpiece. It's always awesome to discover a new and delicious recipe!


Fitness at the Library

Booking It: Summer Running Program

When you think “Library,” do you think physical and mental fitness? Well, if you don’t, you should! Throughout the year, the Library offers free programs all about staying healthy and improving fitness. Now that summer is upon us, the Library is offering even more ways to exercise.

Every Monday evening, drop by for Yoga for the Community. Robin Halpin Young of Maxwell House Yoga teaches why the joyful practice of yoga is so powerful for keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

Speaking of mind and spirit health, have you heard of Being Bloomington: Being Peace? During this program, enjoy periods of silence accompanied by soothing, live, meditative music. Kat Forgacs leads participants through seated meditation, Tai Chi, and more.

New parents and moms-to-be can get in on the action with Prenatal Yoga and Yoga with Baby. Start your yoga practice during pregnancy, then bond with your baby after during these specially planned yoga programs. It’s a great opportunity to meet other parents.

For parents looking for a different kind of exercise, try the Baby and Me Interval Workout. Personal Trainer Jenna Tieman leads the group through strength and bodyweight exercises with interval training techniques great for all levels of fitness. Grownups will work out, incorporating their children in a playful way. Stay and cool off after with a baby playtime!

One of the best ways to get into running is the couch-to-5K method, and you can join others in their quest to train for a local 5K race by attending the Booking It: Summer Running Program on Wednesday evenings all summer. Each session will combine stretching, walking, and running to take you from running novice to a 5K machine! Participants will also receive a raffle ticket for a free entry to a local 5K.

Finally, put your newly earned and improved fitness to the test during Ping Pong Palooza! The Library sets up a few tables, and everyone gets to play! The emphasis is on learning and honing your skills in a safe, fun environment.

Sure, you can get a good book at the Library, but you can also get in shape.

DIY/How To Zines

Zines on display in People's Park

Want to learn a new skill? Maybe a zine is the answer! There are lots of zines that can teach you a thing or two about making stuff and doing things.

Zines embody the very essence of do-it-yourself culture, most zines are made by a single person doing all of the work, from writing and drafting, to art and illustration, all the way through publishing and distribution. It is no wonder that zinesters carry that DIY spirit with them into other aspects of their lives. Sometimes, they write about their other passions and hobbies, so that you to can do it yourself and make something wonderful with your own two hands.

Here is a sampling of some of the DIY zines that the Library has in its collection:


Easy-To-Build Birdhouses & Easy-To-Build Birdbaths

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Love birds and want to help them? Consider building them a house or bath! In Easy-To-Build Birdhouses and Easy-To-Build Birdbaths Mary Twitchell teaches you how to construct finely crafted baths and house built in reliable, traditional ways. Different types of birds require different types of houses, so depending on the type of birds you have and they type you want in your yard, you would want to build them different types of houses.


Guerrilla Graywater Girls Guide to Water

Guerrilla Graywater Girls Guide to water

This comprehensive zine includes information on different water systems, the full water cycle, water use/reuse, plumbing basics, and even how to build your own pedal-powered washer. Helpful for those starting to learn water basics, or those interested in learning more, this DIY zine will not disappoint!


Growing Things: A Guide For Beginning Gardeners

Growing Things

Whether starting in pots or straight into the dirt, this zine will direct you on how to care for your herbs, flowers, and medicinal plants. Includes seasonal guides on when best to plant and water, as well as nutritional facts and helpful hints for weeding and taking care of pests.


Zine Scene

Zine Scene

Have a passion and want to share it too? Consider making a zine of your own. Zine Scene is a comprehensive guide to making your own zine! This in-depth guide covers all of the different aspects of zine making with copious examples of many different genres included. (If you do end up making a zine, consider donating a copy to the Library’s collection!)


How to Make Radio (and a little bit about how to make beer)

How To Make Radio

Julie Sabatier has been making radio for 15 years, but when she was first getting started she put together this zine about how to record and produce radio for people who had never done it before. She covers the kinds of equipment that you would want to buy as a beginner, and covers how you write and edit a compelling story. If you’re interested in radio, you should come down to Level Up, the Library’s digital creativity area!



If you are interested in more DIY crafts, check out these upcoming programs:
June 13 - Guided Crafts - Paper Mosaics
July 11 - Guided Crafts - Air Dry Clay Sculptures
July 24 - Examining Light in the Universe - Build Your Own Spectroscope
August 8 - Guided Crafts - Felt Succulent Frames
August 21 - Tech Meets Crafts - Light Up Flower Crowns
August 24 - Essential Oils DIY - Household Cleaners and Sprays


The Library’s zine collection covers a wide and diverse range of voices and topics from cooking and crafts, to psychology and politics. You can find it in The Commons on the second floor of the Main Library. Interested in having your zine added to the collection? Submit a copy for consideration at any information desk or email Annise Blanchard at ablancha [at]


Staff Picks: Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Reviewed by Alejandria G.

At six feet tall and 180 pounds, Marcus isn’t exactly the smallest 8th grader at Montgomery Middle School. But looks can be deceiving and he isn’t quite the tough bully many seem to think he is. When the real school bully calls Marcus’s younger brother a nasty word, Marcus fights back and faces suspension.

Marcus’s mom decides this suspension is the perfect time to hit the ‘reset’ button for their little family. She takes Marcus and his younger brother Charlie to the island of Puerto Rico, to reconnect as a family and meet relatives they never knew they had. But Marcus has a secret mission as they adventure across the island: to find his father, who moved back to Puerto Rico and walked out of their lives ten years ago.

Pablo Cartaya’s newest chapter book for kids is a touching look at the power of family. Fans of his book The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora will surely be pleased with this realistic fiction story.

Zines? In My Library?

Zines and flowers outside of the library. The title of the images says "zines"

This year the Library launched a circulating collection of zines, the seeds of which were donated to the Library through the generosity of Boxcar Books. This collection continues to grow through purchases and donations and is now comprised of almost 400 titles.

A zine (/ziːn/ ZEEN; short for magazine or fanzine) is a small-circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images that often give voice to small, local, underrepresented, or marginalized communities. Zines are created and reproduced on a small scale, including everything from comics and DIY self-help guides to personal stories, nonfiction, and more.

Zines house a long history, from their origins in 1930s sci-fi culture, through the punk culture of the 70s and a resurgence in the 90s under riot grrrl, to today, where there are more voices and more ideas published than ever before.

One of the types of zines you can find numerous examples of in the Library’s collection is the perzine, a zine that usually contains the author's personal reflections and opinions on anything they want to write about. Perzines take on many different forms, from writing to collage to comics and more. Here are some perzines in the Library's collection.

Tributaries. V. 4 : an intro to arthritis in youth.


One of the most powerful things that zines can do is give an intimate perspective on aspects of  another’s life. In Tributaries v. 4 JC tells her experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a illness she has had for most or all of her life. One of the complications she had was that doctors were unable to provide her with a diagnoses for more than five years after her symptoms started. Reading about her experience and how it affected her gave an important perspective on RA and its challenges.

Thirty Days In Brooklyn


Detailing the first thirty days of Fiona Avocado’s life at the Koz collective in NYC, this diary comic takes us along the contours of NYC life, from seeing amazing art not found anywhere else in the world, to disillusionment with spaces not being what imagined and everything being altogether too expensive, to eventually moving on when you realize it’s not the right place for you. Avocado really invites you into her head, and you feel really drawn into the comic artist’s headspace. I felt calmer after reading this.

Milkyboots v. 14


A comic and perzine mix, this zine follows Virginia as she deals with a breakup, hangs with friends, and ultimately learns to heal. Showcasing beautiful illustrations of her friends and idols, as well as photographs and life tales, this zine is quick picker-upper for anyone feeling low.

*Fun Fact: While many zines have multiple volumes (this edition of Milkyboots is volume 14), unlike books or graphic novels, because zines are shorter and more generally personable, you can read many zines out of order and still get a full story!

Haunted Ground


A perzine about some spooky occurrences in an apartment bathroom, as well as a ghost tale from growing up. If you are in the mood to feel creepy about living alone or living in a new place...this is definitely the zine to read!

Avocado Spaceship: Explorations of the Interior


A zine with a non-fluid narrative (you can turn to any page at any time!) with text juxtaposed with photographs. Largely poems or comments on personal experiences, this zine is witty and thought-provoking.

Sing Along Forever: A Love Letter To The Bouncing Souls


You know the feeling sometimes when a band really, really gets at the heart of what you’re feeling and thinking and it's like they're screaming your thoughts back to you but saying it better than you ever could? For Liz Baillie that band was the Bouncing Souls, and this is her love letter to them, chronicling her failed attempts to see the band, what they meant to her growing up, and culminating in getting to meet them at Warped Tour in 2008.

The Library’s zine collection covers a wide and diverse range of voices and topics from cooking and crafts, to psychology and politics. You can find it in The Commons on the second floor of the Main Library. Interested in having your zine added to the collection? Submit a copy for consideration at any information desk or email Annise Blanchard at ablancha [at]


Updated Library Catalog

New Catalog

The Library catalog will have an updated look and new features beginning May 19. Some of the new functionality you can look forward to follows.

Responsive Design

The Library catalog will responsively adjust for desktop computer screens, tablets, and phones by resizing and reordering the display according to your screen size, enhancing the user experience. This means that you will be able to read and navigate the site with minimum resizing and scrolling. Previously, patrons were directed to either a full-site catalog or a mobile catalog depending on their device.

One-Click Hold Requests

When logged into your account, you will be able to place hold requests with one click. When available, the "One-Click Request" button will appear on the search result and full title display pages for single titles (underneath the “Place Hold” button—which will still be available should you want to select an alternate location).

Bulk Hold Requests from Title Lists

When logged in to your account, you'll be able to select multiple titles from your working or saved title lists and place hold requests on some or all the selected titles at once. Additionally, you'll be able to sort your lists by date added, author, title, or publication date.

Related Words in Search Results

"Related words" include words formed from stemming and synonyms. Stemming will include regular plurals and verb endings (i.e. dog/dogs), but not irregular forms (i.e. mouse/mice or run/ran). Synonyms will include common nicknames, proper name variations, and spelling variations. The “Related Words” link will appear only if additional records are found when the stemming and synonyms rules are applied. Clicking the link will retrieve additional records.

Similar Titles

A “Similar Titles Available Now” link will appear under titles when there are no items currently available (e.g., all items are checked out) but similar titles are found. When clicking the link, a carousel of book covers will display a maximum of 50 similar titles that are currently available.

Goodreads Ratings

Goodreads ratings will now be much more accessible, appearing under the cover image on both search the result and full display pages (as well as in their current location). 

Staff Picks: The Adventurers Guild by Zack Logan Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Reviewed by Ginny H.
Best friends, Brock and Zed are anxious for their Guildculling Day, the day their futures are determined by what guild chooses them to train and work for the rest of their lives. They decide they'll be happy as long as it isn't the Adventurer's Guild, the guild tasked with venturing outside of the city walls to defend against the dangerous monsters outside. When the Adventurer's Guild unexpectedly steals the two friends for their guild, everything in Brock and Zed's world changes.

I loved this book! It'd be great for fans of Harry Potter with its mix of humor, adventure, mystery and friends who fight and stand up for what's good.

Staff Picks: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Reviewed by Alejandria G.

Leo Logroña is the youngest member of her family. And as the youngest member of her family, she is used to everyone always telling her she is too young to help.

When the annual Día de los Muertos festival approaches, Leo thinks this will finally be the year she will be asked to help with festival preparations at her family’s beloved bakery. But yet again, she is disappointed when she is told she is still too young. After sneaking out of school to make sure all is really okay at the bakery, Leo accidentally discovers the shocking family secret: she belongs to family of brujas -witches- who use their magic to bake up the sweetest (and luckiest) treats in town.

Eager to tap into her own magic ability, Leo decides to take the family magic book and practice on her secret. And when her closest friend finds herself in trouble, Leo determines that a spell is exactly what they need to fix the problem. Of course, it could always make the problem worse.

A Dash of Trouble is a sweet start to Love Sugar Magic series. Even as Leo keeps getting into more and more trouble (in the funniest possible ways), you’ll still keep rooting for her to succeed. There are even real recipes like "Leo’s Lucky Pig" and "Pan de Muerto Mensajero" to try and create after reading the book.