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Rochester Public Library patrons record oral histories

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) –  Memories of the Rochester Public Library are being documented for years to come.

Members of StoryCorps are there Monday through Wednesday, recording people’s stories about the library.

StoryCorps is a nonprofit organization that records oral histories across the country.

Their visit to Rochester is part of the library’s prize for receiving the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Library staff chose participants based on their involvement in library programs.

For example, Rochester Alternative Learning Center teachers Elizabeth Quackenbush and Katie Sloan recorded a story about their Green Thumb Initiative and how the library helped them get it started.

“We collaborated with the library this year on a food equity and getting our produce out to people who needed it,” said Quackenbush.

“Today we’re going to be telling our story about how the Green Thumb Initiative got started and our plans for the future and our hopes and dreams for the program,” Sloan added.

The stories will be saved at the Library of Congress.

The library will debut the recordings at a special Red Carpet event on January 7th.

It will be free and open to the public.

Erin O'Brien

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