Why is the Davenport Library involved in trying to document life in this particular time? Either by writing or recording interviews?
For one thing, it’s therapeutic to write creatively and to analyze your own feelings and worries. For another, it’s important to document history while it’s happening.
In an article by Anna Momigliano in the New York Times, she describes the impetus of writers in Italy to write and publish right now:
Much like Sigmund Freud wrote down his dreams when he woke, before they faded, [author] Giordano sought to document, in real time, his experience of the pandemic. “Once the emergency is over, any temporary awareness will also disappear,” he writes. “I don’t want to lose what the epidemic is revealing about ourselves.” Doctors, novelists and other writers are exploring, as quickly as they can, the pandemic’s impact.
The first phase is a writing project, QC Life in the New Normal. Some writing prompts are:
What have I learned about myself and others in the last few weeks. How have I changed? What am I grateful for? What keeps me going? What does “coping” mean? How has my work life changed? What is the impact on my home life? How has the arc of change on my daily life affected my decision making? What is my decision-making process? Who have I come to admire, and why? (locally, nationally, world-wide)
The second part we’ve launched is QC Life in the Covid-19 Era Oral History Project
As part of the “In Your Own Words” oral history project, you can record an interview using free video conferencing software (video, or just audio).
Sample questions could include:
Describe how you keep active? (exercise or fitness routines) How do you plan your day? How have you changed the way you relax? (reading, streaming, tv, technology, games, or hobbies) How have your school, work life, or medical appointments changed? Describe the first wave, and subsequent waves of change. How have your plans (vacation or travel) been impacted for the present and near future?
We are putting out the call to anyone who would like to record an interview. Are you, or do you know? Grocery store workers, nursing home staff or residents, social workers, parents of small children, students of any age, farmers, teachers, first responders, small business owners, military personnel, restaurant workers, and anyone and everyone – we all have an important story to tell.
If you’d like to make an appointment or for more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our website at www.davenportlibrary.com.