Tell Your Story, Story Recording Project

Everyone has a story to tell. Personal stories, family history, oral history, childhood stories, funny stories, family interviews; stories that should be preserved. The public is invited to record their personal story, free of charge, at the University Place Pierce County Library.  This opportunity will take place on Friday, November 8, and Friday, November 15, from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Alex Byrne runs the program, with assistance from Kristine Countryman.  Alex is a Youth Services Librarian, with an interest in capturing stories from multiple generations so that families can have a piece of their history with them, not just in print, but with live audio (and possibly video, later) so that later generations can listen and hear what their ancestors sounded like.

Bonnie Valens, senior administrative assistant at the Pierce County Library commented: “I think this event will bring out a lot of different stories in our community and get them captured in something a little more permanent so that we don’t have to rely entirely on people being interested in the stories of their family and community for their oral history to be passed on. The best thing about this event is going to be the stories. I have no doubt that there will be more than a few interesting anecdotes that come out when people are prompted about things from their past. They may even be things they haven’t thought about in a while, but that will be fascinating to a younger audience.”

Bonnie recommends that “anyone with stories to tell or an interest in capturing some of their family history for preservation is encouraged to attend the program, whether that’s people interested in telling their stories, or people interested in interviewing someone else to listen to their stories.”

“I hope to see a lot of people in the community at both programs, contributing to and discovering the richness of our traditions,” Bonnie concluded.

Tips on interviewing and recording will also be provided at this event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a recordable CD or USB drive.

University Place Pierce County Library
Friday, November 8, and Friday, November 15, from 4 pm to 6 pm

For more information about this event, please visit: and a flyer is available for download.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for
Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for

2 thoughts on “Tell Your Story, Story Recording Project”

  1. Besides recording my family’s unique history starting with the migration from Ireland to the US on my mother’s side. And the Cherokee blood on my fathers side. The most exciting event that I’d look forward to is recording and remembering for all time when I met and fell instantly in love with the woman of my dreams. To this day I recall with great clarity seeing her turn around and smile at me. God how my heart melted. To me she was the most incredible person I’ve ever seen in my life. In getting to know her she was so remarkable, intelligent, fun, adventurous and exciting. She made life fun and everyday was exciting just to be near her. I will remember this beautiful woman forever and I miss her every day. I’m still very much in love with her today. Funny how much your heart controls you.

  2. Sorry this is important. I forgot to mention that I have her picture on my night stand. So she’s the last person I see at night and the first one I see each morning. And I just have to say that when I do see her face and her smile looking back. I fall in love with her all over again. Now I’ll tell you that’s the way to start a day. And it’s this memory I want to preserve. My real once in a life time love.

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