Research Justice and Documenting Our Stories - Virtual Workshop

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Details

Creativity, art, and storytelling play crucial roles in community activisms and histories. In this workshop, we will be using zines and zine-making as a lens for community research and activism. Zines (pronounced “zeens”) are D-I-Y, independently made and distributed collections of text and images, and they have a radical history as tools for community and individual expression and activism. Facilitated by local researcher, librarian and zinester Des Alaniz, this workshop will introduce attendees to research justice, and how we can use reflection, research, action and creativity to create community archives and art in the form of zines. 

As part of SBPL's Book to Action programming, this workshop will provide a lens for examining our experiences as living agents of history, and the importance of documenting our present experiences and researching our communities' past for the future. Folks in this workshop will learn about the history of zines and zinemaking, how to make a minizine, and are invited to submit zine pages to a group zine documenting our experiences. No previous experience or knowledge required, all are welcome to contribute!

Space is limited, registration required.

Prep & Supplies: you may want to assemble/familiarize yourself with some of the following tools for this workshop: 
For making physical zine pages
Old magazines (to cut up)
Glue sticks
Colored pencils or markers
A limited amount of supplies may be available through SBPL. Contact for more information!

For making digital zine pages:

Contact Des with any questions: archivistdes [at] gmail [dot] com

About Des Alaniz:
Des Alaniz is a zinester and educator who lives in Santa Barbara. Des has worked in academic, public, and volunteer-run libraries and develops workshops and programming around reading, making, and sharing zines. Des also writes their own zines, and is a member of the Love Your Work Zine Collective, based in Santa Barbara.

This event is part of SBPL's Book to Action programming around the book The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom. The book explores family history, environmental impacts on place and people, racial justice, housing insecurity, and community investment/divestment. We hope you will join and participate in many of SBPL's scheduled Book to Action events. See the full list of Book to Action events HERE.


Free community copies of The Yellow House will be available on a first come, first served basis for those who register for this event. Please email to request a copy.



Book to Action is a grant-funded program through the California Center for the Book that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and multigenerational groups. In 2021, 35 library jurisdictions were selected to create a Book to Action series. Librarians work closely with community partners in engaging community members to read and discuss a book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.


California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Event Type(s): Library Program
Age Group(s): Teens, Adults
Jen Lemberger
(805) 564-5621

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