27 November 2010

Best of BFWP The Listening Challenge

The Books for Walls Project is about more than just books
we are also about collecting stories 
--stories about where our readers are from
"Yourstory" about reading and the books you love 
and now we add a little twist...

We challenge you listen, collect stories and to take 
part in StoryCorps' National Day of Listening!

(WARNING: if you watch the video you will be inspired 
and will learn everything you need to do to get started!)

The Books for Walls Project is pleased to be an official state partner of the acclaimed oral history project StoryCorps in celebrating the third annual National Day of Listening on Friday, November 26, 2010. On the day after Thanksgiving every year, The Books for Walls Project and StoryCorps are asking all Americans to start a new holiday tradition: set aside an hour to interview a friend, a loved one, or someone in their community about his or her life.

The Books for Walls Project will be taking part in the 2010 National Day of Listening by recording a number of interviews with local members/residents.

To record your own National Day of Listening interview:
  1. Find someone you’d like to interview
  2. Create your question list
  3. Sit down to record your conversation

StoryCorps has created a free Do-It-Yourself (DIY) interview guide with step-by-step interview instructions, equipment recommendations, and sample questions that is available online at www.nationaldayoflistening.org. You can record your interview using equipment that is readily available in most homes—from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper.

The National Day of Listening was started by StoryCorps in 2008 as a way to provide an alternative to "Black Friday" shopping sprees. By participating in this year’s National Day of Listening, we hope you’ll find that taking the time out to interview someone about his or her life is the least expensive but most meaningful gift that we can give.

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. 

Join the Books for Walls Project and take part in the 
National Day of Listening!

Then please come back to The Listening Challenge and tell us how your listening and story collecting goes! Feel free to share your thoughts, insights and of course stories!


  1. We (Little Sister and I) are planning on interviewing our Grandparents. Tomorrow, Nana and Bapa --here they are The Bean and The Poet.

    I think Mom wants to interview us, I think that would be funny.

  2. We aren't having our big Thanksgiving celebration until Saturday, so we have a nice quiet day --

    We began using the Question Generator --to help prepare for the interviews... there really are tricks to a good interview and StoryCorps wants those participating in National Day of Listening to be well prepared!

    Check out the Question Generator, click here!

  3. Anonymous9:25 PM

    Our interviews went very well, but we are just going to keep them for our family. Next year we hope to get real recording equipment so that they sound better, the cell phone worked, but they don't sound like the ones on the radio.

    And we didn't shop at all!

    Denise and Family