‘California Listens’ Digital Storytelling Workshop Conducted

Cast and Crew for the South Pasadena Public Library Digital Storytelling Project: Front Row (l to r) Maddie Curtis, Joanne Nuckols, Dr. Bill Sherman,  Sam Burgess, Tatiana Beller. Middle Row (l to r) Joe lambert, Mark Gallatin, Angela Flores, Clarice Knapp, Harry Knapp, Rick Thomas. Back Row: Steve Fjeldsted, Ngozi Oparah Glen Duncan
Courtesy photo

Many great stories regarding  South Pasadena’s  710 Extension Freeway Fight  were  heard  from the participants of the Library’s ‘California Listens’ Digital Storytelling Workshop. The Library not only wanted to hear them, but also to preserve them, and celebrate them with the community it serves. Fourteen individuals gathered in the Community Room from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, June 29 and June 30 to organize, develop, share, and preserve their  personal stories about the 60+ year “No on 710” fight and the shining legacy of community activism and engagement that grew out of that struggle. The Library workshop, made possible by a California Listens grant from the California State Library, was attended by long-time residents, community activists, writers,  historians, commission members, and civic leaders.

During the two-day workshop in the Library Community Room, each participant created their own 2 to 4 minute video using their own personal and family images, videos, and archival materials. The videos created will become part of a statewide archive of stories about various aspects of life in the Golden State. They will also, of course, be made available to the South Pasadena community via the Library website and during a public invited celebration in the Community Room to be announced later.

The post-production process for the videos will be taking place until August during which time small edits will be made and copyright issues will be resolved.