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Big Read: Story Project

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By appointment, throughout February

Friends of the Homer Public Library (FHL) and Homer Public Radio station KBBI are partnering to develop a local “Story Project” in conjunction with the Big Read.

Community members are welcome to record a 2 ½ to 3 minute true life story that they would like to preserve. This story can be about any significant experience, not exclusively a war experience. Elders in the community are particularly sought for memorializing the early stories of Homer.

After the stories have been recorded and mastered by KBBI, they will be aired on the station and be preserved in the Oral History archives of the Homer Public Library and the Alaska Oral History archives through the Rasmuson Library in Fairbanks.

The stories will be recorded throughout February by appointment. Appointments should be made via Erin Hollowell at erin@friendshomerlibrary.org or by phone at 907-491-1001. If you would like more information about the process or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact Erin.

This project is in support of the Homer Big Read 2013’s selection The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The novel focuses on the experience of the Vietnam War through the eyes of one young man. Copies of the novel The Things They Carried are immediately available at the Homer Public Library for extended loan. Other materials such as reader’s guides and audio guides are also available at the circulation desk.

The Big Read is locally supported by the Friends of the Homer Public Library, the Homer Foundation, and the Cottonwood Fund and KLEPS Fund, donor-advised funds of the Homer Foundation. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Homer is one of 78 communities participating nationwide.

For more information on events, please contact Erin Hollowell at 907-491-1001 or erin@friendshomerlibrary.org. You also can view a full calendar of events for The Big Read in Homer at http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library/big-read.