Let’s be honest, we all have a little extra time on our hands due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A great way to fill some time, stretch your creative muscle and help future generations understand our current situation is to start a diary or journal.
As part of its commitment to help document the history of Oklahoma County, the Metropolitan Library System has started the Oklahoma County COVID-19 Diary Project. The library will be collecting journals, diaries and other creative materials (even social media posts) to help record our communities’ experience during the outbreak so future Oklahomans understand the impact of the virus.
“One of the library’s roles is to preserve our history and culture for future generations,” said Special Collections Manager Larry Johnson. “Collecting community stories is something we do every day, but these are anchored in the past. History is being made right now, however, so it’s important to have fresh first-hand perspectives to better inform and inspire those future generations.”
The project is also open to all ages so it is a great chance to get your youngster involved. For more information click here.
Need some writing prompts? Talk about when you went grocery shopping and saw all the empty aisles. If your kids went with you, have them draw pictures of what it looked like. Write about working from home and all the challenges ensued. You could also share what it was like teaching your children at home.