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Show Us Your NEW COVID-19-era Experience for History's Sake

 Back in April 2020 as the threat of COVID-19 put everyone on high alert, the library’s Local History staff saw a chapter of Ozarks history unfolding: Store shelves picked clean. Visiting loved ones through closed windows.

 The staff asked people to send snapshots of their experiences in a project called Enduring COVID-19 in the Ozarks. Over 200 people have added their photos – some funny, some heartwarming -- to this visual story of people making the best of a bad time.

 The story continues even now with the long-awaited arrival of the vaccine, so we’re renewing the call for your photos, whether you’re having driveway parties around a fire pit, masking in public or – happy day – getting the vaccine.

Visit thelibrary.org/enduringcovid19 to submit a photo. Click a link to see the gallery of 200-plus snapshots added so far. We hope to see you there, too.  

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 You likely have your own family history captured on slides and negatives that are worth transferring to another format so you can see and share them. You can do that using a simple device at the library’s Maker Space. It’s located at the Edge Community Technology Center inside the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.

 There’s no cost; just bring your own USB flash drive (sold at the library) and your slides or negatives. An appointment is necessary by calling 837-5011, mask up, and a staff member will be there to walk you through the easy process.


Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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