COVID Diaries

Submitted by CCCL_AliB

COVID-19 has changed the world. The movement for racial and social justice is growing. We know this is a momentous part of history; things are not nor will they ever be the same. And we’re still living through it. 

So how do we accurately document this time and respectfully collect the many diverse voices and individual life experiences into a cohesive history? The California State Library is gathering individual stories to capture life during the pandemic in the form of the “COVID Diaries.” This is a chance to tell your story, share your own perspective, and add to the collective voice of life in America during the pandemic.

When future generations ask, “What was it like?” we’ll be able to show them. What has life during the pandemic been like for you? What have you created, observed, or thought about? What medium have you turned to for self-expression? You can submit original artwork, writing, social media posts, interviews, photographs, or correspondence. The more people who add their voices to this archive, the more dimensional, richly diverse, and real the collection becomes.

Libraries across the country are working to document daily life during COVID-19, from Howard County Library’s beautiful online collection, “Created While Isolated, opens a new window,” to Arlington (VA) Public Library’s "Quaranzine, opens a new window", or San Francisco Public Library’s "COVID-19 Community Time Capsule, opens a new window".

If you’re inspired, contribute to the California State Library COVID Diaries project. As we witness this period, as we live through it, please continue to stay safe and take care.  

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