The Icing on the Cake: true stories from StoryCorps

Ever wondered what stories your family might have to tell? StoryCorps helps America listen and remember. In less than a decade, StoryCorps has recorded and preserved over 30,000 interviews; children interviewing parents, husbands telling romantic stories about their wives. All of the interviews are stored at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In "The Icing on the Cake" Connie Alvarez interviews her mother Blanca Alvarez about coming to America. Blanca tells of how she and her husband struggled to support themselves and their family. Daughter Connie looks back and finds…continue reading →

Bound and Determined

Bound and Determined Librarians are helpful by nature, but see just how far staff in Midlothian and Chester will go to help you find what you need. Get the story behind the stories. Take a peek inside the library that you only thought you knew. Learn more about the library's services at www.jtcc.edu/library.continue reading →

Education, Education, keep fightin’ for it

“Did you see all the old folks in the Center, some older than me and I'm 57. The younger people come at night, they work in the day time.  Education, Education, keep fightin for it.” -From an interview with a woman in an adult education class at Abyssinia Baptist Church, West 130th Street, New York City, May 2, 1939. Poignant, powerful voices from the Great Depression can be heard on the American Life Histories website.  Over 2000 people were interviewed as a part of the Federal Writers’ Project, and the details of how…continue reading →

Tell me a story

Children aren’t the only ones who love to hear stories. The ancient art of storytelling is alive and well in the 21st century, and you can be a part of saving the stories of your family and friends. Listen to a story at The Moth, a not-for-profit organization that conducts live storytelling events.  The Moth collects stories, showcases them online and has recently begun touring.  StorySLAMS are held in New York and Los Angeles, with audience member judges scoring each story, and the winner advancing to the Moth GrandSLAM. StoryCorps is an independent…continue reading →