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LinguaPhile, Special Announcement November 2008

An e-mail newsletter nurturing the development and enjoyment of English language arts at home and at school.

National Day of Listening and The Grannie Annie

The Grannie Annie is not the only one encouraging you to interview your family storykeepers. StoryCorps, an independent non-profit project that has collected nearly 40,000 audio interviews since 2003, has instituted the first-ever National Day of Listening (NDL), which will be held this Friday, November 28.

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, explains that the goal of NDL is to "encourage, instruct, and inspire everyday people to start a new holiday tradition: sit down with a loved one on the day after Thanksgiving and record a meaningful conversation to preserve for years to come. It's a chance to give the gift of listening, a priceless treasure that costs nothing but a little time."

StoryCorps has provided a do-it-yourself guide and some suggested questions to help people prepare for their interviews. These tools might help young people plan their Grannie Annie interview as well: http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org

National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the United States are promoting National Day of Listening. Fran Hamilton and Connie McIntyre, cosponsors of The Grannie Annie, are honored to be part of this effort. They will be on St. Louis on the Air on St. Louis's NPR affiliate, KWMU-FM (90.7), on Wednesday, November 26, talking about saving family stories -- via StoryCorps, National Day of Listening, and The Grannie Annie. They plan to read some stories from Grannie Annie, Vol. 3. The program will be broadcast live at 11:00 a.m. and rebroadcast at 10:00 p.m. (CST) -- or you can listen live on the Internet at http://www.kwmu.org . The interview will later be archived on the KWMU website.

We encourage you to make this Thanksgiving season extra special for your whole family by taking the time to get to know one of your loved ones a little bit better -- and by saving his or her story for future generations. Remember that stories submitted to The Grannie Annie might be chosen for publication in an annual anthology -- children have the chance to become published authors. Get all of the details at http://www.TheGrannieAnnie.org . The submission deadline is February 14, 2009.

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2008 Fran Santoro Hamilton

   

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