How’s Your Week Going?

Click Here to Share Your COVID-19 Story

Whether you live, work, or feel at home in Sagadahoc County, you’re invited to tell us a story about how the COVID-19 epidemic is affecting you and your community.

As librarians, we know the power of storytelling, not just for the storyteller but also for the listener. Our patrons value the sense of community we share, and we want to continue to support our wonderful library community by collecting and sharing their stories during this challenging and ever-changing time.

We chose to call this project “How’s Your Week Going?” because we’re all taking it a week at a time. We can’t predict how long we’ll be affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, so we want you to know that you can keep sending us stories for as long as this project continues.

Archiving Your COVID-19 Stories

The Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room will create an archive of COVID-19 stories, images, and other records at Patten Free Library. Stories from the community will be a valuable part of the COVID-19 archive.

Submissions by Morse High School Class of 2020 students to the To Sail Once Again creative contest will also be included in the COVID-19 archive.

The History Room will preserve these stories for future generations of historians, genealogists, and library patrons who want to understand how local people experienced this historic moment.

Your story will be accessible to the public in the History Room as soon as the library reopens. We may also share your story with our community through newsletters, exhibits, podcasts, and social media. For your privacy, you’ll have the option of keeping your story closed to the public for 75 years.

How to Share

Sharing your experience is simple: write your story, snap a photo, make an audio recording, or do all three.

History Room
Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530

Questions to Consider

  • What routine daily or weekly activities are limited for you?
  • How have you been keeping in touch with friends and family?
  • Have you and your community found new ways to care for neighbors in need?
  • Has the epidemic changed the way you think about your home, town, state, country, or the natural environment?
  • Have your learned anything new or surprising about yourself or your community?
  • Have you started or planned any new personal projects or hobbies?
  • What do you hope to do when the epidemic is over?
  • What do you want future historians to know about your experience?
  • What do you miss most about visiting the library?

History Room Hours & Staff

Hours
Currently closed, contact us for remote services

Staff
Jill Piekut Roy, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian
Peter Goodwin, Assistant
Jack Martin, Assistant
Karen Richard, Assistant

Video Tour of the History Room

Links

Photo Gallery

History Room Photo Gallery