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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Massachusetts Libraries: MA Library Idea Share

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Topsfield Town Library -- Share Your Story

by Kelly Woodside on 2020-04-27T14:14:00-04:00 | Comments

"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." Thus reads the introduction on the webpage for Topsfield Town Library's new "Share Your Story" project. Community members are invited to share journal entries, photos, drawings, or other documents that tell the stories of their lives during this time.

Topsfield Library Diector screenshot for page image links toLaura Zalewski said she was inspired to begin planning this initiative after seeing another library share on the allregions discussion list how they had found information about what the library did during the 1918-19 flu pandemic:

"It got me thinking about the use of digital resources like Instagram, Facebook, etc and what is the retention of those picture and posts relating the COVID-19 pandemic. And would Topsfield residents, 100 years hence, be able to find that information? So, "Share Your Story" emerged. Responses have been dribbling in and we're hoping for more."

Is your library helping residents in your community document their experience during this time? If so, we would like to feature it on this page. Please submit your information via the contact information above.


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