2007 Library News

Oklahoma Voices — An Oklahoma Centennial Project

Interview someone you love. Talk to a Neighbor.  Discuss a significant moment.  Leave a legacy.

Oklahoma Voices is a project designed to assist community members in making audio recordings of their lives.  “We encourage everyone to interview someone they love whether it’s a family member, a friend or a neighbor, and leave a legacy not only for themselves and their families, but for the entire community” said Dana Morrow, Director of Outreach Services with the Metropolitan Library System.  “Our goal is to capture the stories that bond us.”

Oklahoma Voices drew its inspiration from StoryCorps (www.storycorps.net), which has been discussed on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.  StoryCorps is the largest oral history project since the WPA project of the 1930’s.

“These are extraordinary stories by everyday people,” added Morrow, quoting NPR’s National StoryCorps line.”

Beginning August 30 and running through Dec. 8, participants with stories to tell can visit one of 12 Metropolitan Library System locations.  Each of the 12 libraries—Del City Library, Southern Oaks Library, Midwest City Library, Downtown Library, Belle Isle Library, Bethany Library, Edmond Library, Capitol Hill Library, The Village Library, Warr Acres Library, Ralph Ellison Library, and Choctaw Library—will host Oklahoma Voices for a week.  Sessions must be scheduled in advance.  Visit your neighborhood library for a complete schedule.

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 or 414-9977.

Oklahoma Voices 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