Media Release

For immediate release October 28, 2013

“StackStories” Records Memories of Spring Garden Library

Customers Share Stories for Audio Project

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Halifax, NS–For the month of November, library users and staff will be dropping by the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library to share their stories about their time spent in the 62 year old library. A pop-up audio booth will be set-up on the second floor—speakers’ corner-style—to receive people’s stories and recollections.

“The move to the new Central Library is an historical moment for Halifax and its public Library system,” says Paula Saulnier, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Director of Corporate Services at Halifax Public Libraries, “We want to make sure that everyone who is fond of the current Library building has a chance to honour it in a formal and community-minded manner.”

The result will be an audio project called StackStories, a collaboration between Halifax Public Libraries and media artist Veronica Simmonds, with support from Arts Nova Scotia.  

StackStories was created as a means to professionally record customers and staff’s memories of Library activities and people, and then publically present them.  A collection of these StackStories will be featured at a listening event at the new Central Library, captured in an audio documentary for campus-community radio station CKDU-FM, and posted online as interactive archive—with photographs—on the Library’s website.

“No story is too mundane,” says Simmonds.   “The idea is that by recording and archiving the stories of this space, future generations will have an intimate sense of what this Library was like, day to day and year by year.”

Library visitors are welcome to take part in StackStories by stopping by Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library on Wednesdays 12-8 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm during the month of November.  For more information, contact Veronica Simmonds at 902-441-8044 or StackStories@gmail.com.  Or visit StackStories on Facebook and Twitter or at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/StackStories.

For more information:

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Email Kasia Morrison