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Zines at Ely Library : Workshops


Fall 2023 Workshops

Want to make your own zine? You're in luck! 

For a list of zine-making workshops planned for fall 2023, please read on. Note that individual workshops are broken up by location, which is in bold. Workshops offered in partnership with the Radical Librarianship Institute are being offered at several different locations around Westfield. 

If you have any questions about the workshops listed below, or if you would like to schedule your own workshop, please contact Anna at 

Ely Library, Westfield State University

  • Wednesday, September 20th | 12:00-2:30pm
    • Instruction Classroom, Mezzanine Level of Ely Library -- ask at the front circulation desk for directions
    • This workshop is being offered in conjunction with Constitution Day celebrations at Westfield State University
  • Wednesday, October 18th | 3:00-5:30pm 
  • Tuesday, October 31st | 2:00-5:00pm
    • Instruction Classroom, Mezzanine Level of Ely Library
    • Join us for Hallo-Zine Fest -- an afternoon of Halloween-themed zine making! Costumes are encouraged, and there will be treats! No registrations are necessary to participate.
  • Friday, November 17th | 10:00am-12:00pm

Westfield Athenaeum 

Westfield on Weekends Creative Arts Center

Save the Date! Spring 2024 Workshops

Save the dates for our Spring 2024 workshop lineup! We will be offering zine workshops on the following dates: 

Westfield State University's Ely Library

  • Wednesday, February 7th | Time TBA
  • Wednesday, March 6th | Time TBA
  • Friday, April 12th | Time TBA

WOW Creative Arts Center

  • Dates coming soon!

Westfield Athenaeum 

  • Dates coming soon! 

What's the Radical Librarianship Institute?

"The Radical Librarian Institute is the most extensive library continuing education program focused on supporting library professionals to push for widespread systemic change that is centered on social and racial equality, collective action, community strengthening, and public participation."

- Radical Librarianship Institute, California Rare Book School, UCLA 


In late summer of 2023, Research and Instruction Librarian Anna Boutin-Cooper attended a week-long summer institute called the Radical Librarianship Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Anna's proposed project, titled Cultivating a Creative & Inclusive Community with Zines, was selected out of over 120 applications alongside 23 other projects. 

The main goal of Anna's project is to foster a strong community of disabled folks living, working, and learning in Westfield, MA through the production of a community zine by and for disabled individuals. The production of this zine will be fostered through a series of zine workshops, listed above and open to the general public, to teach interested participants the basics of zine creation. The first 25 contributors to send in their submissions to the zine will be compensated for their time with a $40 Visa gift card. 

If you are interested in participating in the community zine, please fill out this form: If you have any questions about the project, please reach out to Anna at You do not need to participate in a workshop in order to have your work included in the community zine, but it is highly encouraged. 

Questions? Ask Anna!

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Anna Boutin-Cooper
Subjects: Art, Psychology, Theatre

577 Western Ave, Westfield, MA 01086

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