StoryPhone

Leave Your Story After the Tone: 612-314-9662

It's a really simple idea: what if you could call up the library and leave a story via voicemail? StoryPhone allows you to tell your story on your own time, in whatever setting you choose. Simply call 612-314-9662.


How does it work?

  • Please provide your full name (please spell it out clearly). 
  • StoryPhone is powered by Google Voice.
  • The service is available 24/7. 
  • If you do not verbally opt-out or tell the library you do not want the recording archived and shared, it will be included on the library's Digital Scrapbook platform.
  • If we have questions, or need to clarify something, we may call you back unless you have verbally opted-out.
  • The library may edit recordings to improve audio quality.
  • Individual stories will be stored at soundcloud.com/sppl.
  • By submitting your story via StoryPhone, you are agreeing to the Digital Scrapbook User Agreement (see below).

FAQ

When will I be able to listen to my story? Will it be available to the public?
We will make every effort to upload as many stories as possible to the library's Digital Scrapbook in a timely manner. However, due to space and time constraints, we cannot guarantee every story recorded via StoryPhone will be uploaded to the library's Digital Scrapbook platform. If you want a copy of your recording, please contact the library's Communications & Digital Services Office at sppl.cds@gmail.com.

I want to share my story, but I do not feel comfortable using StoryPhone, or English is not my native language.
While we can only make StoryPhone available in English right now, your story is important to us! Please leave your contact information with your local librarian and the library's Communications & Digital Services team will connect with you.

I recorded a story, but I no longer want it made available to the public. How can I have it deleted?
Please contact sppl.cds@gmail.com and include your name and the phone number that was used to call StoryPhone and we will promptly remove the recording. If you didn't opt-out verbally during your phone call, please note that your recording may already be publicly available. If you verbally opted-out in your recording, don't worry! Your story will not be uploaded to the library's Digital Scrapbook. 

Can I leave an anonymous story?
We understand that you may want to share stories that contain sensitive information. While we generally discourage anonymous stories, we are willing to share them on a case-by-case basis. In your message, please explain why you are requesting anonymity and leave contact information (if you would prefer we not follow-up via phone, you can leave an email). We will never publish your story if you have requested anonymity, or if you have opted-out.

I don't see a way to share my recording directly on the Digital Scrapbook website. How can I share my recording on social media, etc.?
At this time, you can only share entire pages of the Digital Scrapbook. To share your individual recording collected via the StoryPhone, visit the library's Sound Cloud homepage where all of the audio is stored: https://soundcloud.com/sppl. Sound Cloud allows you to embed this audio on other social media channels and websites.

Is StoryPhone toll-free?
StoryPhone is NOT toll-free. The library is not responsible for any charges you may incur with your phone plan by calling this number.

I am interested in using StoryPhone, but I don't know where to begin! What kind of stories are you looking for?
One-hundred years ago, the library expanded from Central Library downtown to a network of neighborhood libraries. We created StoryPhone and the Digital Scrapbook to capture and share the stories of our community. There's no right or wrong way to use StoryPhone! Your story can take any direction! It can be about a funny experience, your first library memory or the first book you ever checked out or read, a brief history of your neighborhood--truly anything! The Digital Scrapbook contains personal stories, but it also expresses shared experiences!


User Agreement

By submitting your story via StoryPhone, you are agreeing to the Digital Scrapbook User Agreement.

  • By contributing to the SPPL Digital Scrapbook site, you grant the Saint Paul Public Library the right to make your contribution publicly available, to copy it for preservation, and to distribute it for non-commercial purposes.
  • The Saint Paul Public Library is under no obligation to post a story or photo that may violate federal law or Library policies.
  • The copyright and any related rights to stories or photos contributed to the site are the sole responsibility of the contributors.

About 100 Years/100 Stories

One-hundred years ago, the Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) expanded from a single building to a network of neighborhood libraries, ushering in a new era of community-oriented service. In celebration of 100 years of transforming alongside our community, we aim to collect the rich, individual stories that define us. Learn more and tell us your SPPL story at sppl.org/100.