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Talking Tales

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Talking Tales offers patrons an opportunity to experience the world’s oldest art form — oral storytelling — while also learning new things about cultures around the world.

The program begins with a local storytelling troupe, the East Texas Storytellers, telling tall tales, folktales, myths and legends. Many months are themed around a particular idea or country. After the stories, the storytellers and presenter explore their tales, their origins and the region they came from in a format similar to a Q&A or talk show.

Beyond Database Instruction: Genealogy Programs for Patrons

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Library databases are wonderful places for patrons to begin their genealogical journey — but what happens when they’ve exhausted their Ancestry.com search? And what will they do with all of the information they’ve acquired? With so many national observances honoring heritage, it’s always a good time to offer programs that help patrons trace their roots and showcase their histories. Here are four ways you can empower your patrons to tell their stories through programming.

Evening Storytelling: The Moth Mainstage and Story Lounge

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An important function of our library is to provide a space for our community members to feel connected to one another and share their own stories with each other. Last fall, Princeton Public Library (PPL) focused our efforts on storytelling, highlighting the many ways that stories can be shared: poetry, memoirs, graphic novels, performance, quilting and more. 

ALA’s Sara Jaffarian Award Presents - Tales of the Crypt: Danville’s Living History Night

Tales of the Crypt: Living History Night brings back to life “gone and forgotten” persons of historical importance in their community and state. Through the cultural and historical preservation of an old cemetery, and by learning about the people interred there, students gather data and transform the information into a historical reenactment for an eventful night. Learn more about Tales of the Crypt.

Our Streets, Our Stories: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Oral History Project

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Editor's note: To learn more about starting an oral history program, view this 60-minute webinar.

Our Streets, Our Stories is an ongoing oral history project housed in the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Services for Older Adults within the Department of Outreach Services. We seek to explore the Brooklyn that is and the Brooklyn that was, from the words of the community that lives here.

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