Please enjoy this month's Community Engagement Spotlight showcasing Kent District Library's incredible Community House: Senior Histories Anthology. This Anthology embodies the spirit of community, collaboration, and preservation that local libraries around the world are striving for.
Check out what Kent District Library's Director of Innovation & User Experience, Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, had to say about the experience:
"We were approached by a few community members who were looking for help to host their oral history videos of area seniors. Our initial excitement centered on the diversity and unique viewpoint these seniors brought to the community. Libraries are about story and we loved having the ability to offer a hosting opportunity to bring these local stories to a wider audience. The community members came from the group where the majority of the interviews came from along with a local graduate student (who himself has an interesting past in social activism in the Chicago area from his youth) at a local university (Grand Valley State University). In fact GVSU was responsible for getting the interviews into the format and size needed for Creator. The new Creator collection was unveiled at a community event with many of the seniors in the audience – they were rock stars and all felt that they were honored. More interesting was the 90 year old woman who told me that her daughter had encouraged her to tell her story – after all, when you are 90 years old you have lived a life full of history!"