Libraries Join State Project to Record, Archive Pandemic Stories

The county’s library system is joining a state effort to record and archive residents’ stories about their lives and how they have been affected by the pandemic.

The oral history project, “Living and Dying with COVID-19: The Maryland Stories,” will house the recordings a part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Digital Maryland and the Maryland State Archives and be available to the public.

In addition, National Public Radio’s flagship station, WYPR, will help distribute feature stories to other stations.

“COVID-19 has dramatically impacted communities, disrupting daily lives in numerous ways,” reads a press release announcing the project. “Some residents have lost family members, jobs, homes; others have been forced to rearrange their lives in other ways due to school closings or virtual learning. Everyone has a story to tell and share.”

Recording will take place by appointment from January to February of next year at the Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, and the Davis Library at 6400 Democracy Blvd. in Bethesda.

The Davis Library will accept appointments for Tuesdays from noon–2 p.m. and from 6–8 p.m. Aspen Hill appointments will be available on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.–noon and 6–7 p.m.

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