Hello, my name is Ruth Mini. I wrote a book called “Sad Songs and Gray Dresses.” I love watching movies and taking pictures. My website launched in 2008, and in 11 long years, my website has changed focus over the years. I decided to focus my website on all things library related. That includes my local library and my mobile library.
There are several organizations that I was born into through my family lineage. These organizations aren’t just extracurricular activities; this is my life. This is my connection to my ancestors who helped found the City of San Antonio. Very few young people in my family are interested in genealogical research and oral histories, so I’ve taken upon myself to capture these stories on film so that future generations can hear these stories.
My Oral History Project is just one of the many projects I do. These oral histories are a part of my personal archive that I have started in order to teach myself the inner workings of archival work while seeking information and guidance from archivists at the library. My mother has earned a reputation in this city for being a collector of documents. I have graciously undertaken the role of being the family historian, a role my mother has done unpaid for most of her life.
My goal is to one day publish the stories and lives of all my ancestors even if it takes the rest of my life. I’m the one who keeps searching even after years of finding nothing.
What I am most proud of is my mobile library. I started that project because I was unemployed, and used the $600 I have saved up to fund it. There was a lot sacrificed in my first year to get this project off the ground. I started it because I wanted to learn how to work at a library and I couldn’t get a job at the time. Instead of waiting around for the opportunity, I taught myself.
My dad always told me “There’s no point in complaining if you aren’t going to do something about it.” Kids these days spend too much screen time and not enough reading time. Some families can’t afford books, and I want to remove any and all obstacles to reasonable access to reading.
You may not be aware of it yet, but I’m about to take over the world. I’m capable of accomplishing big things, it’s just a matter of time. My life is just beginning and I’ve already done so much. Remember my name because pretty soon you won’t be able to forget it.
Don’t forget to check out my mobile library.