National Day Of Listening Encourages Americans To Record A Loved One’s Story

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TRENTON – How many times have you said you wanted to record a loved one’s story and never found the time to do it? Well, this year can be different.

The New Jersey State Library is an official partner of StoryCorps’ third annual National Day of Listening on Friday, Nov. 26. On the day after Thanksgiving, the State Library and StoryCorps are asking all New Jerseyans to start a new holiday tradition: set aside an hour to interview a friend, a loved one or someone in their community about his or her life.

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The State Library will be taking part by pre-recording five interviews with New Jerseyans who would like to talk about a turning point that changed their lives. Each conversation will be recorded in a soundproof booth with the help of a professional sound engineer. An overview of each conversation will be posted to Storycorps’ National Day of Listening website. Participants will receive a CD of their conversation to keep.

You may schedule an interview time between 1 and 3 p.m. on either Nov. 10, 17 or 24, at the Talking Book and Braille Center, 2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton. To set an appointment for any of the above dates, email ndowd@njstatelib.org. To arrange for other times and dates call Nancy Dowd, director of marketing, at 1-609-278-2640 x 122

The National Day of Listening was started by StoryCorps in 2008 as a way to provide an alternative to “Black Friday” shopping sprees. By participating in this year’s National Day of Listening, you may find that taking the time out to interview someone about his or her life is the least expensive, but most meaningful gift that you could give.

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps’ award-winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published two best-selling books: “Listening Is an Act of Love” in 2007 and “Mom: A Celebration of Mothers” from StoryCorps in 2010.


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