I work for the Weber County Library, a 5-library system in Utah, 45 minutes north of Salt Lake City. In 2008 we started a One Community, One Book program called Weber Reads. We’ve read Beowulf, Frankenstein, Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Our 2011 program focuses on the Slave Narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.
My library system focuses on learning rather than entertainment, so I was not surprised when I was asked to combine our 2011 Teen Tech Week program with our Weber Reads program. The question was HOW? Lucky for me I listen to NPR on my 30-minute daily commute, and as I was listening one day, I heard about StoryCorps. StoryCorps is all about collecting and sharing people’s stories, and this struck a resonating chord with me. Regardless of our personal histories, we all have our stories to share. (more…)