Thanks to Librarian Tony Lin’s work on obtaining a Book to Action grant from the California Library Association’s California Center for the Book program, IVC, in conjunction with the Orange County Public Libraries, hosted an event that helped workshop participants find, shape, and share their stories.
Professors Lisa Alvarez and Virginia Shank from IVC’s English Department led a group of 70 people, including students from IVC’s AESL program and other credit programs, IVC staff and alumni, and community members. Participants were guided through a number of writing prompts inspired by “The Orange County Literary Field Guide,” a collection of poetry and prose centered around various locations within Orange County, which began as an SOCCCD-sponsored sabbatical project.
The event encouraged the important action of preserving individuals’ oral histories and the places that matter to us, and participants eagerly recorded their stories on paper and shared them with their tablemates.
The Finding, Shaping, and Sharing workshop is part of a larger series, which began earlier in the week with an event at the Heritage Park Library in Irvine. During the event, librarians, writers, and researchers offered advice about discovering personal histories. The workshop was followed by a book drive and recording sessions of oral histories. The series concluded with an event with “The Orange County Literary Field Guide’s” co-editors Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich at the Heritage Park Library on April 14.
These connections with community organizations and professional associations allow us to expand our reputation in the surrounding community and help students build connections beyond the campus, while also doing important work in literacy and the preservation of oral histories.