Friday, November 30, 2012

Children's interview guide : Featured library resource for December 2012

The holiday season is all about family, as much as it is about religious traditions.  I hope that your holidays may include sharing information with your relatives, especially children, concerning your favorite hobby (or perhaps obsession?), family history.

The volume called Children's interview guide caught my eye in relation to the idea of fostering a dialogue among generations about family background and heritage.  It consists of a series of questions covering all aspects of life, and was apparently published with the intent that it would be used by an individual to leave this information in book form for the future.

The title Children's interview guide is apparently one we supplied. The questions are clearly intended for adults, but could be used by a child (of any age!) to interview a parent.  If this is something that interests you, these questions make it easy to accomplish.  If you belong to our Special Interest Group on Writing, or are seeking on your own to write your personal history, this volume could be very useful and might remind you of areas that you have overlooked.

The book has the following sections, each with many questions:
  • Personal & family history
  • Family life
  • School years
  • Serving your country
  • Family tree
  • Working your way through life
  • Love & romance
  • Children
  • Living your life
A similar, perhaps identical, publication is being sold on Amazon under the title "Your story" for $18.50.  This might make a wonderful holiday gift for your parent or relative, or for yourself to fill in and give to a child or grandchild.

Wishing you the best of the season!  Carol Magenau, CCGS Librarian

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