Teen Think Tank October 2022: Who's That Zinester?

We’re gearing up for the Duval Comic and Zine Fest on October 22 from 12-5 p.m. at the Main Library. Your voice matters, and we want to make sure it’s heard, so come join us for a day of self-publishing workshops, printing and shopping! You can check out the reads and resources below, as well as the Zine Collection at Main to jumpstart the celebration of independent and alternative press.

#READ: Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu

Moxie book cover

Vivian Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Taking a page from her mother's past, a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ‘90s, Viv creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships across the divides of cliques, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Questions to think about while you read:

  • How do you typically share important or interesting information with your friends?
  • Describe Viv’s zine. In what ways is this format/style appealing to or challenging for you?
  • Consider the reactions to Viv's zine. How effective can zines be relative to other platforms?

#LISTEN: Interview with Zinester and Author Celia Pérez

Celia Pérez

Listen in as Celia Pérez sits down with New Moon Girls to share why she chose zine making as Malú’s favorite pastime and how they factored into her journey of self-discovery in The First Rule of Punk.

Questions to think about while you read:

  • Do you agree with the characterization of punk in the graphic novel? Why or why or not?
  • Consider what it means to be yourself. How might zines allow you to do that?
  • Imagine you're the interviewer. What insights might you seek out from a lifelong zinester?

#EXPLORE: Zinester Toolkit

zine making supplies

Make your voice heard! Zines can be made by anyone about anything in any style—there are no rules.


  • 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Marker or colored pencils
  • Old magazines, stamps or stencils (optional for decoration)


  1. Take one sheet of paper and fold it lengthways (hotdog style).
  2. Fold it again into thirds (hamburger style) so that it looks like a wallet.
  3. Unfold the paper and cut it in half on the lengthways crease so that you have two pieces with 3 sections, or pages. Then, glue them together to make one long strip of paper with 6 pages.
  4. On one side of the paper strip, use a pencil to label the bottom corner of each "page," from left to right, as follows: back, cover, 1, 2, 3, 4. Turn the strip of paper over and label the bottom corner of each "page," from left to right, as follows: 5 (on the back of page 4), 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
  5. Write and illustrate your zine!

#JOIN: Attend a program virtually or in person!

View all teen programs and events offered this week. 

For virtual programs, registration is required to receive the Zoom link; use the link in the program information to register. 

For in-person programs, registration is required; if space allows, walk-ins will be admitted. Use the link in the program information to register. 



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