This is a big moment in history, and as librarians, we believe it’s important to document it. We’re asking for your help in giving future generations a look at what it was like to live through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Want to be a part of the project? We’re asking for the following submissions from all ages:
- Stories about your life during this time
- Journal entries
- Anything else you’d like to contribute!
Using the collected responses, the Library staff will self-publish a book describing Topsfield’s experiences during the pandemic. The book will become part of the library’s circulating collection and will be a permanent part in our local history collection.
(Photo: Bobbi Whiting doing a remote story time for her grandchild.)
How to submit:
Written submissions may be sent in via this submission form.
Photos, drawings, and other images may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to send a hard copy of your submission, please mail to 1 South Common St. Topsfield, MA 01983.
‘Quaranzines’ Bring Readers Together Despite Distancing
(All Things Considered, May 27, 2020)
‘Write it down’: Historian Suggests Keeping a Record of Life During Pandemic
(UVA Today, March 17, 2020)
At Home Boston
A community-wide for writing project, hosted by the Boston Book Festival
12 Ideas for Writing Through the Pandemic With The New York Times
Writing projects for students (or anyone) to try at home— including journals, poems, comics and more. (New York Times, April 15, 2020)
A Journal of the Plague Year : an Archive of COVID-19
An international digital archive, open for anyone to contribute.
#ICPConcerned: A Forum for All to Document the COVID-19 Pandemic
Photography project hosted by the International Center of Photography of New York.
Six Feet Photography
Another international project looking for participation.