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