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You may remember when WMNF hosted the wonderful StoryCorps project in Ybor City five years ago. Listeners recorded their stories for StoryCorps' national archive - many were broadcast on WMNF and a few Tampa stories aired on NPR's Morning Edition.

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library was honored last year as one of just a handful of libraries in the country to give a home to a StoryCorps recording booth. You can bring a friend or family member and record your story. Or bring someone you know has great stories, and help them save their memories for future generations. The Library's focus is, "Our Lives, Our Legacies: The Hillsborough Black Experience."

"Our goal is to collect stories that will document and bring to life the history of our community," said Jennifer Hall, Hillsborough County Libraries spokeswoman. Collecting the oral history of our community comes along with rebuilding of the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Library at 1505 N. Nebraska Avenue, as an African-American research and cultural center.

The grant the Tampa Library received from StoryCorps runs through the end of June. So don't let this opportunity slip by - you can call 813-273-3652 to schedule an interview.

Here are some tips for telling your story, or helping a loved one tell theirs -

You'll get a copy of the recording, the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries will keep a copy, and with your permission, copies will also be archived at the Library of Congress.

Several WMNF hosts have already recorded stories, and we hope to broadcast many local stories in the coming months. We hope you'll get in touch with the Tampa Library and record your story as well.

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