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Finding Friendship, Preserving Memories

Steve and Muhammad

Library programs provide a way for folks in our community to share expertise, learn from one another, and maybe even make some new friends.

We recently received a remarkable story from patron Steve Holtzman, telling us about his experience in one of the Personal Archiving Workshops presented by Muhammad.

Personal Archiving Workshops held in Central Library's Local History Room provide the instruction and equipment necessary for folks to preserve at-risk materials like home movies, audio cassettes, photographs, and more.

Steve said Muhammad's instruction was friendly and personable, even while also being rigorously engaged in learning the technology he's teaching. "Rather than wait until he knows more and has mastered every nuance of technical aspects, he shares his understanding of what’s really important: preserving one’s family legacy," Steve said. 

Steve explained that Muhammad is aware of the emotions that may surface in such a project, as well as the barriers people may face in completing it - but he helps get you started.

"I discovered this workshop quite by accident...Now, I have been richly rewarded with new tools to accomplish some important family projects. And, I made a new friend in the process with this remarkable man. He provides a rich example of service from which we can all learn."

Thanks to Steve for sharing his story, and to Muhammad for providing such inspirational guidance to his fellow community members.

Learn more about the Personal Archiving Lab below, or visit our calendar of events for a complete schedule of upcoming programs at a library near you.


About Personal Archiving Lab Workshops

The Personal Archiving Lab at Central Library is a collection of equipment that can be used to digitize at-risk analog materials, like home movies, video tapes, audio cassettes, photographs, and more.

Stop by the Central Library every Tuesday or Thursday from 3:00-7:00pm for a tutorial on how to use the library's Personal Archiving Lab, then make an appointment for your personal archiving project. Call 266-6350 for more information or to make an appointment.

The Personal Archiving Lab supports the following formats: VHS and VHS-C tapes, DVDs (not BluRay), audio cassettes, MiniDV and Hi-8 tapes, photographs (including negatives and slides), and other paper-based documents.


The Personal Archiving Lab is funded by a gift from Marvin J. Levy.

June 25, 2018