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California Listens

Do you have a story about living in California? About what it's like in your community, about what it was like "back in the day," or about the life you live here in the Central Valley? This is your opportunity to share your story and learn the basics of the digital storytelling process that will turn your story into a 2-4 minute video.

The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library invites you be part of a special two day workshop:

California Listens Digital Storytelling Workshop 
at the Cesar Chavez Branch Library located at
605 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton

Friday, July 27, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The workshop is part of California Listens, a multi-year program at select public libraries throughout the state sponsored by the California State Library. The workshops will be led by Berkeley’s StoryCenter, the inventors of the Digital Storytelling method now used by schools and community organizations around the world. In the workshop you will make your own short video on a computer.  

You will learn:

1) How to Make a Great Video Story
2) How to Write a Narration Script and Record It
3) How to Prepare a Visual Treatment for your Story
4) The Basics of Video Editing in WeVideo

The stories will be presented at a special screening and become part of a state archive of stories about what it means to be a Californian. 

The workshop is powerful and fun, and you can participate regardless of your creative experience or technical level! The workshop is free, but requires you to apply and register. Participants must commit to preparation time, attendance during the entire two days, and be available after the workshop for follow-up participation.


For questions or more information, email Joe Lambert at or Merrilee at

California Listens, Spring-Summer 2018 is sponsored by California State Library, in conjunction with Califa Group, WeVideo, StoryCenter, and the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library.