The Summer Reading Program is an Oral History Project. Oral history is an in-depth interview with a person or persons about personal experiences, recollections, and reflections
WHO TO INTERVIEW
Do you have family members who have lived in the county or in West Virginia for a long time? They would be perfect to interview. If you don’t know who to interview, we have suggestions.
The history of Jefferson County or West Virginia.
SIGN-UP AND INSTRUCTIONAL MEETING
Sign-up now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the short instructional meeting following the organizational meeting for the new book club.Information about how to conduct an oral history interview, online resources, and release forms will be given at the meeting and will also be available on our website.
Completed projects will be displayed on the library website and serve as important documentation of the county.
To submit the completed project, turn in the following:
- Signed release form for both Participant and Interviewee
- Participant’s name, picture, & a brief bio
- Name and picture of the person interviewed
- The audio or video recording of the interview
- Ideally, a transcript of the recorded interview
Those completing the project may qualify for service learning credit through their high school.
The Library of Congress has a wonderful Oral History section.
Do History’s Oral History Toolkit
The Smithsonian’s Folklife area’s information on interviewing:
OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
The following items can be picked up at the library or can be downloaded below:
- World Building Book Bingo – read books from different genres to complete a bingo sheet and build a more cognitive world.
- Community Engineer Scavenger Hunt – perform five community service activities from the given list.
Completed Bingo or Scavenger Hunt forms may be turned into the library for a prize.