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StoryCorps @ your library is designed to help public libraries across the country collect the stories of their communities.

About StoryCorps @ your library

StoryCorps @ your library (SCL) is a two-year pilot project of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and StoryCorps, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Pilot libraries receive equipment, training, promotional materials, and other resources to help them develop community documentation projects using the popular and unique StoryCorps facilitated interview model. Public libraries participating in SCL will be encouraged to expand their influence and engagement in the communities they serve by collecting and preserving local voices.

As part of the StoryCorps approach, each interview participant receives a copy of their recording. With participant permission, and based upon a written agreement with StoryCorps, local libraries retain copies of fully released interviews. Copies of fully released interviews will also be deposited at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

To apply to participate in StoryCorps @ your library, please visit: https://apply.ala.org/storycorps

Partner Highlights

  • Bellmore Memorial Library, Bellmore, NY

    Bellmore Memorial Library invited its patrons to share stories as part of their program, "Bellmore's Roots: A Look at One Community's Transition from Farmland to Suburb."
  • Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL

    With the support of DePaul University students, Chicago Public Library collected migration stories to support their "One Book, One Chicago" program selection, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.
  • Greensboro Public Library, Greensboro, NC

    Inspired by Luis Urrea's Into the Beautiful North, Greensboro Public Library invited participants to share their stories of immigration and migration under the theme of "Leaving Home."
  • Multnomah County Public Library, Portland, OR

    The Central Library Branch of Multnomah County Library celebrated their Centennial in 2013. They interviewed community members, patrons and staff about their experiences at the library and in the community.
  • Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN

    In response to their growing and diverse immigrant population, the Nashville Public Library invited its newest residents to tell the stories of where they are from in their program, "Faces of Nashville."
  • Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, NM

    Octavia Fellin Public Library invited community members to share their experience growing up and living in Gallup, NM.
  • San Francisco Public Library San Francisco, CA

    Through their "One City, One Book," selection Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, San Francisco Public Library invited community members and patrons to share their experiences participating in social justice movements and activism in the Bay Area.
  • Smithville Public Library, Smithville, TX

    Serving a community of about 5,000 people, Smithville Public Library captured the voices of military families, veterans, and civilians.
  • Somerville Public Library, Somerville, MA

    With more than 50 languages spoken in local schools, the Somerville Public Library invited teens and their families to share their stories.
  • Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL

    The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System began collecting the stories of local residents as part of its program, "Our Lives, Our Legacies: The Hillsborough Black Experience."
For more information on the program visit: http://www.programminglibrarian.org/storycorps/
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StoryCorps @ your library D.I.Y. Guide

Check out our free StoryCorps @ your library Do-It-Yourself Guide and find out how you can incorporate StoryCorps' interviewing techniques and resources into your programs.

Download the StoryCorps @ your library Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide.

Funding for StoryCorps @ your library Provided by

  • Major Funding Provided By

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  • National Partners

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