Jefferson Parish Library creates archive to document the coronavirus pandemic

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JEFFERSON, LA –The Jefferson Parish Library has launched the JPL Coronavirus Chronicles as a way for parish residents to document their feelings and thoughts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These are unprecedented times and future generations will want to know how we got through it,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. “I am proud of our Jefferson Parish Library staff for taking on this important initiative. We are calling all Jefferson Parish residents to submit stories, photos or any other items that represent your life during COVID-19, the ways you and your families are staying in touch and the emotional impact of this pandemic.“

The JPL Coronavirus Chronicles archive project is open to adults, teens and children. This opportunity is free of charge and there are two basic ways to participate:

  • Patrons may submit their comments – as many as 300 words – to describe their feelings or experiences. The emphasis is on self-expression, candor and a willingness to be a social commentator and to gather stories. No stress needs to be placed on appropriate grammar, spelling or style.
  • The second method involves uploading photographs, artwork, short stories, journal entries, or any other items that express one’s feelings about life during the coronavirus.

Patrons can participate in this program by going to the library’s homepage at www.jplibrary.net and clicking on the “JPL Coronavirus Chronicles Archive Project” link to fill out a form. Those who want to submit photos as part of their contribution should send them to JPLCovidChronicles@jplibrary.net.

For more information regarding this event, contact Chris Smith, manager of adult programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or wcsmith@jefferson.lib.la.us.

Patron views/comments will appear on the JPL website. Posts that are offensive or inappropriate will not be displayed.

In accordance with provisions of the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, as amended, Jefferson Parish shall not discriminate against individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. If you require auxiliary aids or devices, or other reasonable accommodation under the ADA Amendments Act, please submit your request to the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance or as soon as practical. A 72-hour advanced notice is required to request Certified ASL interpreters. ADA Coordinator/Office of Citizens with Disabilities 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 403, Elmwood, LA 70123, (504) 736-6086, ADA@jeffparish.net

The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River.

The East Bank Regional Library (4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. The Jefferson Parish Library is the second largest system in the state of Louisiana. More than 200 employees work for the Jefferson Parish Library including librarians, administration and support staff. For more information, contact the library at (504) 838-1100 or www.jefferson.lib.la.us

For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit www.JeffParish.net. Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777. 

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