Recently, we had a display up at the Aurora branch inviting our patrons to write a six-word memoir. We left this display up for roughly two months and received many post-it memoirs from our patrons. The prompt was: Tell us your story in six words or less!
Basically, we wanted patrons to write down a simplified version of their life’s memoir. They could either sign it with their name, or leave it unsigned, it was their choice! Here are some we received:
“My life began at 30.”
“I miss you, Bob, my brother.”
“I feel like I’m nothing inside.”
“Getting depression changed my life…”
“I can see.”
“Found..myself, my love, my family.”
“Through the valleys, love sustains me.”
“I died, but I am back.”
“Found my love, my family, my friends.”
“I used to be deaf.”
“I live life to the fullest.”
“A struggle to maintain my sanity.”
“Read. Work. Work. Eat. Sleep. Read.”
“I have cancer…” “My life changed.”
“I strive to be kind and happy every day.”
“Always live your life moving forward.”
This was a creative way for our patrons to interact with a display and give it a personal touch. To read more six-word memoirs, check out the book that goes with this display:
- A collection of six-word memoirs, contributed by both famous and obscure writers, records the human experience in works that are by turn whimsical, poignant, and bizarre, by such authors as Joyce Carol Oates and Joan Rivers.
Thank you to all those who participated!