What: Traveling event to gather and digitally preserve the history of local libraries
When: Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa
On Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Library History Roadshow will feature the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library at 3910 S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa. Library patrons are encouraged to bring their Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library memories, photographs and memorabilia to share.
The 25,000 square-foot Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library opened on December 11, 2000 to serve the south Tampa community. Since 1975, the Talking Book Library has provided recorded and braille books and magazines to people who are blind, visually impaired or physically handicapped.
Staff and volunteers work onsite at each Library History Roadshow to digitally scan photos and other printed items that residents bring, and immediately return the originals to their owners. Attendees delight in recording video and audio stories that share their historical knowledge of and experiences at the libraries.
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries will begin celebrating their 100th Anniversaries in 2014. To prepare, the libraries have partnered with the Tampa Bay History Center, the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, and other community partners to present the Library History Roadshow. The Library History Roadshow will make stops at library branches throughout Hillsborough County through 2013 to gather and document the communities’ library memories, photographs and memorabilia. On this journey, the Library History Roadshow will feature four libraries that closed many years ago and each of the libraries in Hillsborough County, including the main library; 24 branch libraries; the Bookmobile; the Spanish‐language Cybermobile; the Talking Book Library; and two city-operated libraries.
The Library History Roadshow has already made stops to collect memories and historic treasures from the West Tampa Branch Library (April 16 and June 4, 2011); the Tampa Free Public Library, aka the Carnegie Library on 7th Avenue (Sept. 24, 2011); the Hyde Park Branch Library (Nov. 19, 2011); the Port Tampa City Library (Jan. 14, 2012); the Charles J. Fendig Public Library (March 25, 2012); the Temple Terrace Public Library (April 13, 2012); the Ruskin Branch Library (April 15, 2012); the Seminole Heights Branch Library (May 6, 2012); the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library (June 23, 2012); the Lutz Branch Library (July 28, 2012); the Brandon Regional Public Library (Sept. 15, 2012); the Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library (Dec. 1, 2012); the John F. Germany Public Library (Jan. 13, 2013); the Harlem Branch Library (Feb. 23, 2013); the Austin Davis Public Library (May 18, 2013); the Thonotosassa Branch library (June 22, 2013); and the Seffner-Mango Branch Library (July 20, 2013).
For more information about the Library History Roadshow, and to see photos and videos of library memories and treasures, visit http://thplhistoryroadshow.blogspot.com. Or, contact the
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System at 813-273-3652 for details.