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National Day of Listening

StoryCorps has initiated a celebration that they are calling the “National Day of Listening.” This initiative by StoryCorps is designed to promote family conversations on a day that families are traditionally together, the day after Thanksgiving. As we give thanks for one another we can also take a moment to do some intentional talking and listening with our families. StoryCorps provides tools for schools, libraries, and individuals to take part in this celebration of love and family.

The Orange County Library System is going one step further and asking individuals to share their stories about life in the Central Florida area for inclusion on Orlando Memory. We are calling it “National Day of Listening – Everyday”. These oral histories captured at home, or with library staff, will serve as a way to promote the National Day of Listening as well as provide an opportunity to the public to be involved with the library in a whole new way through Orlando Memory.

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Nicole Cavallaro Interview

5-17-09 interview with Nicole Cavllaro, assistant manager of Reference Central at the Orange County Library System. Interviewer, and OCLS co-worker, Nick Martinolich talks with Nicole about moving to Orlando and the ever changing face of the City Beautiful.

Interview with Chen (Herbert Pleiman)

9-2-09 interview with local artist Chen (Herb Pleiman) conducted by Angela Jacobe at the Orlando Public Library.

Interview with Fred Houk

10-20-09 interview with long time citrus professional and Central Florida resident Fred Houk. Mr. Houk spent his years on the road documenting Florida historical markers that eventually won him honors in 1987 from the Florida Cabinet. Mr. Houk participated in getting the official spelling of Lake Jesup corrected to use only one "s" (after General Thomas Sidney Jesup). Retired now, Mr. Houk has amassed the largest matchbook collection in the state of Florida.

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