Showing posts from July, 2017

WOON 1240 AM: Margaret McNulty Interview at St. John's Festival

Woonsocket, RI --- Woonsocket Harris Library Assistant Director Margaret McNulty spoke with Dave Richards from WOON 1240 AM Woonsocket Radio at the St. John's Romanian Orthodox festival. 

McNulty talked about the importance of the "My Woonsocket Life" oral history project, what questions they are asking respondents, and other pertinent information.

In May of 2017, the Woonsocket Harris Public Library won a state-wide contest sponsored by the Rhode Island Office of Innovation, and the Rhode Island State Library office of Information Services to come up with a way to come up with a creative way for public libraries to engage residents with technology and training in the digital age. 

The winning idea was to collect 200 video interviews from city residents to help the City of Woonsocket create its comprehensive plan for future planning and economic development. The Woonsocket Harris Public Library also received 40 iPads, funding to convert a study room into a sound-proof crea…

Woonsocket Call: "Different Kind of Storytime at Harris Library"

By Russ Olivo, Staff Writer 

Woonsocket, RI --- If you could change one thing about the city to make it a better place to live, what would it be? It’s not just an academic question.The top librarians at Woonsocket Harris Public Library really want to know. They’re on a mission to collect the stories of scores of city residents – focusing on their fondest memories, what they like best about the city and what might be done to improve the quality of life.

“We’re doing the outreach right now and we want people to come forward,” says Library Director Leslie Page. “We’re going to hopefully use what we learn to help the city with the comprehensive plan. We decided that what we wanted to do was ask people in the city to tell us their stories.”

The effort is part of a broader project designed to demonstrate how libraries, in the digital age, can serve as more than just places where people come to borrow books and read magazines.

It began months ago when the Governor’s Office of Innovation and the …