News Release: 4/29/2020April 29, 2020PRESS RELEASE:
Library Begins Community History Project on COVID-19
St. Clairsville – Right now so many people are vividly aware of the many ways that Covid-19 has affected our lives. The St. Clairsville Public Library wants to preserve our community’s response to this world pandemic for future generations.
The library is actively creating an online archive with artifacts showing how citizens of the area are responding to Covid-19. The all-digital archive will include photos, journal entries, interview recordings, and even coloring pages. Families and community members of all ages are invited to share photos and responses to the experiences they are having throughout this pandemic using the resources found on the library’s website for the project .
Access to this project can be found on our website with links to a variety of ways to submit. One exciting way to capture responses is the Storycorps app. Storycorp is a non-profit organization that has created an app to record interviews and upload them to the Library of Congress, where they will be stored. Specifying our community code STCATHOME when you make a profile will give your app the questions to ask during the interview. The next step is to find someone and talk about what the Covid-19 experience is like for them, and the changes they are seeing. Children can also participate! Have your child work on the Covid19 Time Capsule found on the library website. Staff will scan and add your child’s resulting work to the COVID19 online library. There are various ways to submit your documents and instructions can be found on the library’s website.
We are all living it now, but these stories will be important for children and grandchildren to know about and the Covid-19 History Project at the library plans to preserve those stories. Imagine helping people 100 years from now by recording and saving experiences right now.
The library is also providing virtual story times, technology training, and many digital resources during this period even though the library’s doors are currently closed to the public. Once the stay at home order is lifted in early May, library staff will resume curbside service for patrons who want to borrow books and videos. Patrons will be able to contact the library about the kinds of materials wanted, and arrange a pick up at the curb just like at area restaurants. For more information on St. Clairsville Public Library, including how to access digital resources, or for updates on library services, visit www.stclibrary.org or call (740) 695-2062.Contact:Emily Kessler, Program Coordinator(740) 695-2062
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