“The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gaps where everything else has crumbled.” – Paulo Coelho
Reclaiming Your Story is a year-long grant to produce events for children through adults that supports community dialogue, embraces lived experiences and local voices, and encourages civic engagement and exploration for those seeking or desiring change. Partnerships and programs will address domestic violence, community diversity, and how we can be agents of change. The final piece to thread these efforts is the creation of a Healing Library containing resources to help individuals feel empowered to navigate periods of conflict and trauma.
Workshops, author talks, traveling exhibits, community reads, and a youth-based literary magazine will expose, inform and facilitate access and advocacy to societal justice, inclusion, and healing.
Reclaiming Your Story is generously sponsored through a LSTA grant that was awarded from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Reclaiming Your Story Programs
Throughout October, take a moment when you walk through the library doors and admire the courage on display honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this public exhibit, a clothesline will be hung in the 1st Floor Main Lobby with shirts designed by survivors to represent their stories, their emotions, and their experience. Each shirt on display is made by someone in Massachusetts.
The Clothesline Project was started on Cape Cod, MA in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. This exhibit is part of the Reclaiming Your Story grant, graciously funded by the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Direct Grant Program, and is in partnership with RESPOND, Inc, New England’s first domestic violence prevention agency.
Children in grades 3-5 come join our special guest, Andrea Lovett, and learn to tell and enjoy family stories. Hear some wonderful family tales from Andrea, such as the time her family thought they lost their dog and the whole neighborhood turned out to search–only to find him taking an afternoon nap under the back porch. Kids will workshop their own stories and share them with others!
“Every march is an act of faith in this way: you have to trust your story will braid into history, even if you’ll never be able to tease out its thread.”
Many books have been written about climate change but Daniel Sherrell‘s first book is a hauntingly personal account about fighting for a world that may not exist for future generations. Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World — part memoir, part critical analysis, part love letter — lays bare the realities of climate change pleading with readers to act courageously to alter the narrative in front of them.
Join Artist Librarians Eileen and Melissa to tell your story through the art of collage in this three week series!
Virtual-Decolonizing: Placing Indigenous Peoples in the Conversation Join Claudia Fox Tree and Debby Irving for an online conversation as they explore how U.S. narratives have shaped their understanding of themselves, one another, and the complex world we live in. No two conversations are alike as they gather with no agenda, simply modeling the conversations of a cross-racial relationship. Current events, in their own lives and in the larger world, inspire the organic conversation they engage in. Audience engagement and participation will be facilitated by a moderated question and answer session following their talk.
Forty years into the HIV pandemic and two years into the COVID-19 pandemic: we ask where are we, how did we get here, and where are we going? Join long-time HIV survivors Paul Glass and Fabien Denry in conversation with Dr. Howard Heller, an Infectious Disease Specialist, to reflect on the social and scientific response to two deadly outbreaks.
To see all events related to the Reclaiming Your Story grant, please click this link.