The Mill Valley Public Library has taken first person narrative to the next level in a ground-breaking program called Naked Truth: Connect, Create, Contribute (NT:CCC). NT:CCC brings together the best of programs like This American Life, StoryCorps and the Moth, all under one umbrella in the public library. Participants get the chance to be creators, not just consumers, of great stories. They learn to make digital stories worthy of Upworthy, or develop that elusive skill of telling a good story.

NT:CCC was born out of the unprecedented response to the Library’s live true storytelling events, which began in 2011. In this series, selected storytellers take center stage in the Main Reading Room three times a year to tell true, unscripted stories. Attendance for the series doubled over the course of one year, with 300 people packing into the Library for the series’ latest events. Attendee feedback had shown the Library a clear desire from the public for even more offerings in the storytelling realm.

story-thumb1Naked Truth: Connect is the new name for the series of live storytelling events, while Naked Truth: Create provides digital and live storytelling workshops open to the public. These workshops invite participants to share personal tales and creative thoughts, enhancing them either via digitized images and sound or through learning how to tell a riveting story live and keep listeners hanging on every word. The digital storytelling workshops will be led by moderators from the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, while the live storytelling workshops will be led by a cohort of talented veterans from the famed Porchlight storytelling series in San Francisco. See the events page for details.

This site is the Naked Truth: Connect component of the program and serves as a repository for stories created via Naked Truth and oral history recordings from Mill Valley residents past and present. Visitors to the site can record their own stories via our “Tell Your Story” page, which could land them an invite to perform at a Naked Truth: Connect event.

Development of NT:CCC was made possible by a grant won by the Library from the California State Library in partnership with the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Mill Valley Library was awarded $15,000 to create a program that includes multiple platforms for the public to tell and experience true, personal stories.

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.