On May 30, NPR broadcast a StoryCorps interview with a longtime Pierce County Library customer. The story aired on local stations KPLU, KUOW and Northwest Public Radio.
In the interview, Tacoma resident Storm Reyes shared how she grew up in migrant farm worker camps during the early 1960s. Most of the laborers were, like Reyes, Native Americans. Reyes started working as a full-time laborer herself when she was eight years old. Her family lived without electricity or running water.
At StoryCorps she told her son, Jeremy Hagquist, about the day something arrived in camp that changed the course of her life. A library bookmobile brought books and hope to Reyes. She went to night school and eventually worked at Pierce County Library for more than 30 years.
The StoryCorps interview was one of 18 recorded in March as part of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service which Pierce County Library was honored with in 2013. This award honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
The interview is available via StoryCorps.