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Forest Park Library Makes it Easy to Record Your Family's History

Questions, equipment all needed to capture family stories are at the Forest Park Public Library.

If you've ever heard some of your relatives tell interesting tales about life in Forest Park a long time ago, now just might be the time to record them for posterity.

The Forest Park Public Library has everything you need. All you do is check out a tape recorder and instruction booklet. That booklet includes a set of questions to get your interview started, said Ben Haines, head of the adult services department.

Materials can be borrowed for two weeks.

Once the interview is done, participants will get a copy and the library will keep another archived.

The project is based on Story Corps. Since 2003, StoryCorps has become one of the largest repositories of oral history material in the U.S.; it is archived at the Library of Congress and is often heard on National Public Radio.

Haines hopes that Forest Park's equivalent will become popular among residents.

"Once they heard about it, I hope people will get excited and participate," he said.

The effort is being conducted in conjunction with the Forest Park Historical Society, which also is looking for residents to sit and chat with Augie Alesky, the society's president.

See earlier: Historical Society Looking for Folks to Tell Their Stories.

The library is located at 7551 Jackson Blvd. The hours are: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 708-366-7171.

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