On October 4, StoryCorps will arrive at the Waukegan Public Library as part of the library’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service award. Storycorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans, is partnering with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to document the ongoing impact of the ten 2013 National Medal award-winning museums and libraries.
For three days, StoryCorps will capture the stories and experiences of library patrons, staff, and local partners who have been inspired by the programs, classes, and events that emphasize the library’s Path to Learning and Literacy. Some of the conversations will come from students who have used library resources to pursue their GED, improve their English language skills, or become United States citizens. Other interviews will highlight the continued donor support of impactful award winning library initiatives like the Early Learning Center exhibit and the Bus to Us program.
Library Director Richard Lee will also be interviewed for StoryCorps about his journey from a non-traditional student to library director of a national award-winning library that is continuously shifting to meet the needs of the Waukegan community. “I feel very fortunate to work in a library that makes a difference in the community. Every day, I see patrons utilizing our resources to help them on their paths to success and I am thankful to StoryCorps and IMLS for the opportunity to record their stories,” said Lee.
Trained StoryCorps staff will help pairs of participants record a conversation about the library. During the three‐day visit, facilitators will record 18 40-minute interviews. At the end of each interview, StoryCorps will give a CD copy of the interview to participants and the library for their archive.
One interview will be chosen and edited into a StoryCorps segment provided to the library and posted on the IMLS website. The complete collection of Waukegan Public Library stories will also be archived by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
If you have a story you would like to share with StoryCorps and the Waukegan Public Library, contact Rena Morrow, Marketing, Programming, and Exhibits Manager at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231 or rmorrow [at] waukeganpl [dot] info for available days and times.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. StoryCorps is currently one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in the country. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three New York Times bestselling books: All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps; Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps; and Listening is an Act of Love. For more information or to listen to stories online, visit www.storycorps.org.