[Michlib-l] Larry Martin "WWII In Their Own Words" digital program

Battles, Calvin battlesc at myjdl.com
Mon Dec 7 12:57:07 EST 2020

Hello Fellow Public Librarians,

I know we are all looking for quality programming ideas that can be done virtually.  The Jackson District Library is transitioning one of our most popular programs into a digital program that I would like to recommend to all of you.

Over the past 12+ years, the Jackson District Library has hosted Larry Martin's "WWII In Their Own Words" ([ http://lmww2.com/ | Larry Martin's WWII In Their Own Words ]  at our Carnegie Branch.  Also during this time Larry has also done this program in libraries around the state of Michigan, and it always gets a great response.  "WWII In Their Own Words" has drawn between 80 and 150 attendees per event. An estimated 5,000 people have come to hear the reflections and experiences of WWII veterans that Larry has interviewed.

JDL hosted Larry once a month for a Zoom/Facebook Live program for the past 4 months, and our last presentation had the best participation for a Zoom program with over 30 people attending.    Larry will show one of the hundreds of interviews that he has done and then answer questions from the audience.  The interviews are always interesting and Larry has interviewed at least one person who experienced every part of WWII, from prisoners of war, to German citizens, to soldiers who survived Pearl Harbor.  To hear these men and women discuss these experiences during WWII is truly fascinating.

Larry is very excited by the fact that he could provide this program to libraries around the country digitally, so if you are interested in having this amazing program you should reach out to him.

You are also welcome to contact me if you have any questions about the program.  Thanks and stay safe.

Calvin Battles
Adult Services Coordinator
Jackson District Library
244 W Michigan Ave
O: 517-905-1344
battlesc at myjdl.com

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