June 30, 2010
It was a looooong while ago when StoryCorps' airstream trailer planted in the middle of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Was it 2005? I remember it. We were still relatively new to Portland, and the StoryCorps project had *just* launched. Have you heard StoryCorps? The program is designed to "provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives."
Well, five years later, StoryCorps is one of those features that the kids and I love to hear on OPB. Our ears perk when we hear the StoryCorps jingle. Well, now, we have the chance to try to record our stories. StoryCorps is coming to the Central Library on August 12, 13, and 14.
In specific, they are looking for stories "that capture the roles that public libraries have played in people’s lives," a very particular angle on the StoryCorps. I, for one, love retelling stories, commemorating them for later, reading and rereading about moments of our lives that seem like just yesterday. Our lives are one anecdote after another. Sometimes, after listening to a StoryCorps episode, I will think, "if I ever have the opportunity to record via StoryCorps, what story would I share?" Many of my most meaningful and powerful anecdotes are stories of me with my mother, father, grandmother or grandfather. I would love to archive stories of me as mother, too.
If you could share *any* story for the StoryCorps project, what would it be? And, don't forget, be sure to call the Library if you are interested in sharing how libraries have changed *your* life.