Wichita Public Library Invites You to ‘Tell Your COVID Story’


WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, the Wichita Public Library sees an opportunity to document the effects of the pandemic in Wichita. The library’s special collections section will lead a new project called “Tell Your COVID Story.” “

In October, the library received an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this project. Staff will solicit and collect submissions relating to the lives and experiences of community members during the pandemic, including written memories, photographs, videos and more. The library will pay particular attention to collecting the experiences of healthcare workers, frontline workers, small business owners, educators and students, minority communities and local politicians.

“The special collection section is a great resource for the community to learn more about the history of Wichita,” said Sarah Kittrell, collection development manager for the library. “This project will help current and future generations understand what Wichita looked like in the 2020s and 2021s as it navigated through a global pandemic, community discussions of social justice, and personal and community responsibility for health and public security. ”

An online submission form is available for residents to submit their stories (wichitalibrary.org/raconter-votre-histoire). Once the stories are compiled, staff will upload content to an online platform that residents can access.

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