Madison Story Project

Madison Story Project.Making History

The Madison Story Project was a joint digital storytelling project between Madison Public Library and Madison Children’s Museum that collected, archived, and shared contemporary youth stories from the Madison, Wisconsin area. The project allowed youth to tell their stories in their own words and to make visible their contributions to our local community. Through sharing these stories with the public, the project created a dialogue between youth of different backgrounds, and between youth and adults about the experiences and issues that are important to them.

Teen Bubbler offers an exercise in telling a Personal Narrative is the first 2-day project we bring to the classroom that introduces students to the intricate fun of Stop-Motion Animation. This can then be followed up with a 3-day project to make Book Trailers - commercials for books. Book trailers are the attempt to sell somebody else's story, whereas personal narratives focus on an event or series of events from the students' own lives. Therefore the story-telling and technology can be mastered during the first project with the book trailer project building upon that base with the more difficult challenge of convincing others to read a specific book.

A whiteboard animation offering some insight to the world of a Madison teenager in the early 2000's.

A Madison teen shares her views on being a teenager in 2014.

A Madison teen shares the story of finding a gun at his previous home in Chicago.

A Madison teenager sharing the story of the day he had to go to school soaking wet.


Whiteboard animation depicting the life of an older sister.