Hello, my name is Ruth Mini
I’ve written two books called Sad Songs and Gray Dresses and Sad Songs and Prom Dates. If you want to know more about my upcoming books, please bookmark my published books page. I post updates for my new books there. Please check the sidebar for progress. I update the website whenever I write, so if you don’t see any progress feel free to tag me on social media and gently remind me to continue writing. (I’m at @ruthmini on twitter!)
Here are several fun facts about me:
- I’ve been performing in plays since I was 11 years old.
- I wrote my first book when I was 15 years old.
- I graduated high school when I was 16 years old.
- I have an associate’s degree in Psychology, an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
- I have seen over 1200 movies. (Last updated: 10/28/2021)
- I’ve been an extra in a few short films.
My website launched in 2008, and in 11 long years, my website has changed focus over the years. I have been learning graphic design, web design, and web development for the last 15 years.
Very few young people in my family are interested in genealogical research and oral histories. I have taken it 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 and makes up only one section of my archive.
I have started 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 will eventually take over for her, so I am working with her to pass down the legacy of our family history.
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 am currently writing a historical fiction book about my grandma who participated in strikes for the union in the 1970s. That story is one of many than I plan to write. I have many more family members that I plan to feature soon.
What I am most proud of is my mobile library. 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. Four years later, I’ve given away 9,600 books for free.
By the end of 2021, I will receive my Master’s Degree in Library Science. I decided to specialize in Special Collections. I’m not sure what the future holds for me, but one day I would like to have my own archive. If you want to support my dreams, please consider making a donation. Every little bit helps.
My dad always told me, “There’s no point in complaining if you aren’t going to do something about it.”
Some families can’t afford books, and I want to remove any obstacles to reasonable access to reading.
I also want to preserve my family history and make it more accessible to everyone by digitizing, organizing, and adding metadata.
I cannot continue to do this without your support.
Don’t forget to check out the Ruth Mini Mobile Library.