Interviewees sought for Falls Library’s 100th anniversary documentary

You and your memories of the East Falls library could play a starring role in a new movie.

When did you first visit the library? How has the Falls of Schuylkill Library been important to you and your family?

Planning has begun for a video celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Falls of Schuylkill Library. The documentary will feature historical photos, newspaper clippings, and programs combined with interviews with East Falls residents.

The video is being produced in association with the Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Library and the East Falls Historical Society.

“The documentary will feature the memories of multiple generations of library users,” explains Linda Koons, President of the Friends group.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for Fallsers of all ages to be involved in the celebration.”

The project was first suggested to local filmmaker Ron Kanter by Wendy Moody.

Wendy is well known in the community for her many years of spirited leadership as the Librarian at the Falls Library.

“Ron has shown his award-winning films at the library many times,” says Moody. “He is the perfect person to bring to life the history of this precious community resource.”

Anyone who has stories to tell or who has pictures or other items relating to the library’s history is asked to contact Ron at ronkanter@gmail.com.

Historical items will be digitally photographed or scanned and returned to the owner in their original condition. The digital copy will be used in the documentary and added to the historical society archives.

Recollections and stories about the library will be recorded on video or audio at a time convenient for the storyteller.

Ellen Sheehan, President of the East Falls Historical Society, says, “We have some pictures in our archives, but I am sure that there are many other flyers, notices, and pictures in folks’ attics. Please help us document how the library has been such an important part of our com- munity over the years.”

Stories about the early days of the library are particularly important to the project.

“This is an opportunity for East Falls to look back and look forward at the same time. We hope the video can capture some memories of the past and pass them on to the new library users of the future,” notes Kanter.

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