Mesa Public Library is launching a new archive project aimed at collecting Mesa residents' experiences during the COVID-19 health crisis. Mesa CARES Community Voices seeks to preserve the human experience of living in Mesa during the COVID-19 health crisis by documenting the reactions and resilience of residents through stories, interviews and other forms of creative expression.
"We're living through a generationally unique event," Librarian Heather Nelsen said. "We want to collect stories and experiences now so future students, researchers and members of the public can look back and understand how our community reacted."
Any work related to or inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic may be submitted, including letters, diary entries, art, poetry, photographs and video. Submissions can be made in four ways:
Text, photos, and other files can be submitted online at mesalibrary.org/MesaVoices
Use #MesaVoices and tag @MesaLibrary in social media posts
Call and leave a voice recording at 480-644-3326
Mail documents to Mesa Voices Project MS-7780, P.O. BOX 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211
Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
The Mesa CARES Community Voices project is part of the Mesa CARES Initiative that supports individuals, families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Mesa CARES offers a Community Resources Call Center, hosted and managed by Mesa Public Library Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call center is a reliable source of Mesa-based information for residents and businesses who can refer community members to available services. The call center can be contacted at (480) 644-CARE or resources can be found online at www.mesaaz.gov/MesaCARES.
Contact: Kevin Christopher