Multnomah County Library seeking participants for StoryCorps visit in August

PORTLAND, OR – This August 12, 13 and 14, StoryCorps — one of the largest oral history projects in the country — will visit Multnomah County Library's Central Library to record stories from area residents about the intersection of library and community.

The library is currently seeking people willing to share their oral histories, especially stories that capture the role libraries have played in their lives. Individuals or pairs interested in participating in the project can submit their story for consideration by calling 503.988.5402. A brief phone interview will follow. For more information email

While in Portland, StoryCorps will record 18 interviews at the Central Library over a three-day span. Multnomah County Library will host the visit as a benefit of being a recipient of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries. The visit is made possible as a partnership between Institute of Museum and Library Services and StoryCorps.

StoryCorps is a national oral history project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. The stories of participants, with their permission, will be archived for future generations at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Some make it onto National Public Radio for broadcast. Participants will receive a copy of their interview.

Who: StoryCorps and Multnomah County Library

What: Recording the stories of 18 individuals in our community who have been touched by a library. There will be one interviewer and one interviewee per session. Those sharing their stories are encouraged to select an interviewer ahead of time. The best conversations are between two people who are important to each other. Individuals can submit their story for consideration by calling 503.988.5402.

Where: Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

When: August 12, 13 and 14. The StoryCorps visit will be in conjunction with the annual Central Library Block Party.