As homey and accessible as the library's archives are, though, Terry has bigger designs for the future. "Our two-year plan is to move this to a storefront," he says. "We're working on nonprofit status and grant-writing. We want to get in copy machines and computers, and have it be a resource center where anyone can make a zine from start to finish and then have it in the library."
"We have a couple students, Birdy Kutz and Amanda Mills, who volunteer here, and one of them is creating a zine-making elective at her high school," adds Costello, who is a teaching assistant at McMeen Elementary School in Glendale. "Hopefully, that'll work out, and there will be kids taking field trips here."
Ex libris: Jamez Terry and Kelly Costello of the Denver
Besides all the hard work the couple pours into their library, which they open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, they still find energy for making zines of their own. "It's been a good way to share my life," Costello says. "I really like telling stories, but I've always had a lot of anxiety about writing. It was amazing to finally break through that and be able to put something down and put it together and put it out there."
"It's a network of people who are so good to each other," Terry adds. "It's not just about the zines; it's about the community. It can be hard at first, though. When people start getting into zines, they're like, 'I want to read some, but how do I get them?' Here, they're all in one place. Everybody can come by and see them."