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Publishing Patrons

Courtesy of Pinellas Public Library Cooperative

A few of Florida’s public library programs that help patrons publish their work include:

Mosaic

Since 2007, the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative has published this annual Teen Countywide Publication, which features:

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Photography
  • Art work
  • County residents in grades 6 – 12 may submit entries.
  • A panel of judges selects the work to publish in that year’s issue.
  • Printed issues are distributed during Teen Read Week, the third week of October.
  • Digital issues are available online. 

The Writers’ Page

The Lake County Library System publishes original, unpublished works by local residents. The collection includes:

  • Entries are limited to 2500 words or less.
  • All work must be family-appropriate.
  • A publication committee selects work for inclusion.
  • Works are published online as PDFs.

Zine Machine

Jacksonville Public Library holds meetings and workshops where kids from 8 - 13 years old create writing and art for their own zines.

  • Zines are published quarterly in print.
  • Issues of Zine Machine are added to JPL’s Zine Collection at the Main Library.

LVLC Student Writings

As part of the literacy program at Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library, students may submit short written works for that year’s publication.

  • Tutoring services are provided by Literacy Volunteers of Leon County (LVLC), partly sponsored by the library and headquartered in its main branch.
  • With each issue, LVLC throws a publication party for students, tutors and people on its mailing list.
  • Printed copies are available:
    • At the party
    • In LVLC’s office
    • At events
    • At grant presentations
    • In a library display for National Literacy Month (every September)

Page.Print.Post>Make a Book

At the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s main library, artists Juana Meneses and Leila Leder Kremer explored artists’ books through a five-month exhibition and a workshop.

Exhibition, June 20 – November 14, 2015

  • Curated by Meneses and Kremer
  • Limited edition books commissioned from South Florida artists for the exhibition
  • Artwork connected to the books’ production
  • Notes, artwork and artists’ books from MDPLS’s Permanent Art Collection
  • Production resources available to the community
  • Focused on zine-making
  • History of zines and books
  • Relationship between mass-produced and one-off publications
  • Participants wrote and created their own zine/book

Books as Idea Generators Workshop

  • Focused on zine-making
  • History of zines and books
  • Relationship between mass-produced and one-off publications
  • Participants wrote and created their own zine/book

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.