Calling teens! Library to Record Teen Stories
SOMERVILLE – Anyone who lives in Somerville knows the city has a million stories to tell, and now, thanks to a national StoryCorps grant, the country will get to hear—and preserve at the National Library of Congress—some of the least heard stories among them: those of teenagers.
“StoryCorps organizers are very excited about our project because we are the only library in the country that will be focusing solely on teenagers,” said Somerville Library Director Maria Carpenter. “Even though we are far smaller than most of the other libraries chosen, we were recognized for being innovative and awarded this competitive grant, so it is a point of pride for Somerville.”
According to the wishes of interview subjects and their parents, recordings of the interviews will be preserved for the future at the National Library of Congress, and some will also be shared locally via a listening station at the library and through short clips online, and some may be reviewed for airing on NPR. The recordings will also be preserved in a private archive at the library.
“A collection of oral histories can offer insights with a directness that no other media offers,” said Kevin O’Kelly, who is the library’s local history expert. “It shows the vibrancy and the thinking of a time, and it captures the hopes and dreams and fears and concerns from a certain point in time with an immediacy and emotional nuance that is often lost on paper,” said O’Kelly. “Teen voices are part of Somerville’s rich community and we want to make sure their voices are heard both now and in the future.”
To participate: Somerville teens interested in conducting interviews of loved ones or being interviewed, or both, may sign up by calling the Library Teen Space at 617-623-5000 ext. 2936, email Somerville@minlib.net, or just stop by the Teen Space in the Central Library, 79 Highland Ave.
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