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Sunday, August 12, 2018

"Smithsonian Exhibit Coming to the Abilene Public Library" | @ the Library Article

The Abilene Public Library is proud to be hosting a free traveling Smithsonian exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America."  The exhibit will be located on the second floor of the Main Library at 202 Cedar St. from September 1st until October 6th.  Sports have touched every corner of America and it is not just part of our history but also our future.  Sports events are things that can be shared throughout the community for fans and participants of all ages, and this exhibit embraces it, with local sports memories and memorabilia as part of the displays.

The exhibit will be a fantastic interactive glimpse into sports moments and memorabilia.  The Library will be having many other tie-in events and programs during the month across all locations.  One fun way to make your story part of a larger history is to join us in recording Sports Tales.  The Main Library will be hosting several sessions where you can come and share your sports related story.  Staff will be available to record an audio copy of your story and will provide a copy for you to keep as well.

The library will be using the model of StoryCorps, whose vision is to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.  The goal is to offer everyone in the community a chance to record their story and save it for posterity.  Program dates for Sports Tales are September 6th, September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th from 6PM to 8:30PM at the Main library.  Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to phone the Information Services Desk at 325-676-6025 to chat with a librarian.  Interview questions will be available online and may also be collected at any library service desk.

Participants will be asked to sign a legal release prior to participation and after their recording session is complete, will receive an audio file to take home.  The library opes to capture stories and memories form a wide range of community members, helping us to encompass all areas of sports in Abilene over many years.  So if you've got a story to share, give us a call to sign up today.  Don't forget to check the library's online calendar so that you don't miss any of the action.

Would you like to help out with Hometown Teams?  The library is looking for volunteers to be docents for the exhibit, answering questions, helping maintain the exhibit from damage and theft, and leading tour groups.  We will also need help with some sports programs throughout the month, which can include craft prepping, set up, and assisting during the program.  If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator, Marianne Vadney, at 325-437-7323.  Volunteer forms will also be available to pickup at all three locations and also printable from the library's homepage.

Article Contributed by Marianne Vadney, Librarian at the Mockingbird Branch Library

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