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“Knowledge Sets Us Free, Art Sets Us Free. A Great Library Is Freedom.”

That quote in the title of this post is from Ursula K. Le Guin and is the lead idea in the essay, How Libraries Save Lives, on BrainPickings.

These two quotes follow the first:

“If librarians were honest, they would say, No one spends time here without being changed.”

~ Joseph Mills

“You never know what troubled little girl needs a book.”

~ Nikki Giovanni

Then comes a statement from the author of the essay:

“A beautiful testament to that emancipating, transformative power of public libraries comes from one such troubled little girl named Storm Reyes, who grew up in an impoverished Native American community, had her life profoundly changed, perhaps even saved, by a library bookmobile, and went on to become a librarian herself.”

And, just before I show you a video about Storm Reyes, I must lead you back to a post I did In October last year, Everyone’s Story Matters, about StoryCorps

On with the StoryCorps video about Storm:

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Everyone’s Story Matters

People from all over the world visit this blog and, considering myself a World Citizen, I hope I can be excused for promoting an initiative that is, so far, only in the U.S.A.—perhaps it will one day be worldwide—I can hope… 

StoryCorps - Everyone's Story Matters

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Two days ago I watched a TedTalk by Dave Isay, President and Founder of the non-profit, StoryCorps.

Here’s how StoryCorps states their mission:

“…to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.”

Dave has done such a good job in the U.S. with preserving people’s stories that the Library of Congress storage for StoryCorps at the American Folklife Center is now the first and largest born-digital collection of human voices.

Here are just a few Stories That Matter:

Rebecca Greenberg came to StoryCorps with her mother, Laura, to hear about the characters Laura grew up with in Queens during the 1950s. She also heard Laura’s version of her parents’ courtship. It seemed fair to invite the family back so Rebecca’s father, Carl, could tell his side of the story.  Listen

At 27, Wil Smith’s age wasn’t the only thing that set him apart from other college freshmen. He was also raising his infant daughter, Olivia. At StoryCorps, they looked back on their college days. Just before recording, Wil found out he had cancer. Recently, they came back to tell us how they’re doing now.  Listen

Cousins James Ransom and Cherie Johnson recall their formidable Sunday school teacher, Miss Lizzie Devine, the only woman who scared them more than their grandmother.  Listen

StoryCorps members have been known to travel thousands of miles to record people’s stories; but, you can now use the StoryCorps App :-)

And, here’s Dave doing his TedTalk:

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