2007 Library News

Oklahoma Voices An Oklahoma Centennial Project

Ever wish you had recorded how your local book club or church group got started? Now's your chance to record with Oklahoma Voices, a project that records oral histories of everyday people talking about life.

In the first phase of Oklahoma Voices, an official Oklahoma Centennial Project, community builders are invited to come to the Downtown Library and record  the story of how their program, club, or group, got started .

You may have heard about StoryCorps on National Public Radio's Morning Edition . Usually two people who know each other discuss a specific time in their life or incident. One asks the other questions — usually the younger person, and the other answers — the one who has lived through an event or has a story to impart.

“They are extraordinary stories about ordinary people,” said Dana Morrow, Director of Outreach Services with the Metropolitan Library System, quoting NPR's National StoryCorps line. The premise for Oklahoma Voices is similar, but more specific to Oklahoma .

“Oklahoma Voices will kickoff during the week of Feb. 13-17 during the 2007 Wintertales Storytelling Festival, held at Stage Center in Downtown Oklahoma City every year,” said Morrow, “Oklahoma Voices will continue through 2007.”

Morrow explained in the coming months diverse people will be targeted for stories.

“Right now we would like people who know anyone who has been a community builder whether it be through their local community, school or church to call us and set up

a time to come to the library to be recorded.”

A copy of the interview will be given to the participant and another copy will be housed in the Oklahoma Room of the Downtown Library.

For more information and to arrange an interview call 606-3833.

This is a coordinated project with the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Centennial Commission.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City . You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.