election day self care tips

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Election Day is here. If you’ve voted, you’ve done your part. Now comes the self care because if you’re like me it’s going to be a L-O-N-G day. (And as with all wonderful United States elections, it’s not over until the Electorial College officially casts the ballots). So, how to you take care of yourself in the meantime? I’ve pulled together some election day self care tips and put them below.

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Election Day Survival Plan

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Tomorrow is Election Day 2016, and whether we’re ready or not it’s finally here. Everything has come down to this final day and while we figuratively (please not literally) hold our breath, it’s a good idea to plan out how to survive the day. Do you have an election day survival plan? If not, fear not, for I have a few suggestions!

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Election Themed Movies

election-dayI don’t know about you but I’m stocking up on junk food and chocolate for election night and staying up to watch the results. That doesn’t mean that we can’t have some fun and let off some steam with a few of our favorite election themed movies. Hold a marathon for your teens, young adults, or older patrons before the weekend is out or after the election is over!

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For fun, serve red and blue themed food, like strawberries and blueberries on sticks with marshmallows or bananas, red and blue jello with whipped cream, or even a red and blue themed dessert pizza.

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MoFemmeBer is Here!

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It’s the first of November and MoFemmeBer is here! YES!
But what is MoFemmeBer, you ask? It is a read-a-thon of zines to read money, an
excuse to read a bunch of queer zines during the months of November and December,
and to win fun prizes all while helping to support QZAP so that they can continue the amazing work that they do.
Want to participate?  It’s really easy.  Just follow the steps:
  1. First, you sign up here.
  2. Next, print up this handy form.
  3. Third, ask your friends and family to make a pledge to sponsor you for each queer zine you read during the months of November and December.
  4. Keep track of all the queer zines you read, again using the handy form, and also by entering them here. If you give us permission, we’ll be blogging about the zines folks are reading over on our Tumblr.
  5. At the end of December, tally up all the numbers, and collect the donations from your sponsors, and send it all to us, along with your handy form.
    We will send you your prize(s), depending on how many zines you read!
Further details are on the FAQ.
What is QZAP? QZAP is the Queer Zine Archive Project, started in 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to  other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities. Their mission statement:
“The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a “living history” archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading “queer.”
The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences.”

MoFemmeBer 2016 Is Coming!

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It’s time for the 2nd annual QZAP MoFemmeBer Zine Read-a-Thon fundraiser!!!  What is MoFemmeBer, you ask?
It’s an excuse to read a bunch of queer zines during the months of November and December,
and to win fun prizes all while helping to support QZAP so that they can continue the amazing work that they do.
Want to participate?  It’s really easy.  Just follow the steps:
  1. First, you sign up here.
  2. Next, print up this handy form.
  3. Third, ask your friends and family to make a pledge to sponsor you for each queer zine you read during the months of November and December.
  4. Keep track of all the queer zines you read, again using the handy form, and also by entering them here. If you give us permission, we’ll be blogging about the zines folks are reading over on our Tumblr.
  5. At the end of December, tally up all the numbers, and collect the donations from your sponsors, and send it all to us, along with your handy form.
    We will send you your prize(s), depending on how many zines you read!
Further details are on the FAQ.
What is QZAP? QZAP is the Queer Zine Archive Project, started in 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to  other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities. Their mission statement:
“The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a “living history” archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading “queer.”
The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences.”