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Between the Lines: Sacramentans, tell your tale to StoryCorps

If you’re an “everyday American” with a story to tell – a narration about the life’s lessons you’ve learned or the events that have shaped who you are – the oral-history project StoryCorps is interested. The nonprofit project will wheel its MobileBooth recording studio into Sacramento and record 40-minute interviews from Sept. 10 through Oct. 9.

So far, StoryCorps has collected the voices of 65,000 people around the nation. Copies of recordings made here will be archived in the Sacramento Public Library and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The remaining window to register for a possible interview starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at storycorps.org/mobile-tour, or through the reservation line, 800-850-4406. The Sacramento leg of the national tour is co-sponsored by the library, the Library Foundation and Capital Public Radio.

Way out West

Continuing on the local front, Western writer Chriss Enss of Grass Valley has added two titles to her bibliography of 40 nonfiction books. “More Tales Behind the Tombstones” adds context to the “deaths and burials” of “nefarious outlaws, notorious women and celebrated lawmen” (TwoDot, $17, 192 pages). Also, “Mochi’s War” takes a hard look at the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre of 200 Cheyenne by the Colorado Militia, as seen through the eyes of a woman who survived the slaughter (TwoDot, $17, 162 pages).

Get some shivers from the haunted tour in “Gold Rush Ghosts of Placerville, Coloma and Georgetown” by Lindsa J. Bottjer (Haunted America, $20, 175 pages). Strange goings-on are still reported in Rooms 207 and 209 of the still-operating Cary House in Placerville.

“Sacramento’s Moon Rockets” by Alan Lawrie explains how the groundbreaking research at Douglas Aircraft’s Sacramento rocket-testing site made Neil Armstrong’s 1969 Apollo lunar landing possible (Arcadia, $23, 95 pages).

The case for libraries

The death of the public library system has been grossly exaggerated, as Wayne A. Wiegand makes clear in the very approachable “Part of Our Lives” (Oxford University Press, $35, 344 pages). In addition to detailing the system’s history and profound impact on our culture, he reminds us that two-thirds of us frequent libraries. Wiegand will speak at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the newly opened Portal (www.portalsac.com), “a temporary installation that serves as a flexible space for community members to visualize the future of the region.” It’s on the south sidewalk of R Street between 17th and 18th streets.

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