Documenting COVID19

April 2020
Documenting the Crisis

We are living through an incredible moment in our lifetime. Documenting the impact of this crisis on regular people, as it unfolds, is important information. This written record can help us be better prepared for future emergencies, can be used as an archive for historical research and sharing our experiences can unite us even as we are at home self-isolating. Garwood Public Library, in partnership with the Garwood Township Historical Society, is collecting the thoughts, feelings and general impact of the COVID-19 Quarantine on Garwood residents of all ages for a historical record of life in Garwood, NJ circa April 2020. The collection will be made available to the public in the near future and we plan to include a follow-up several months’ post-quarantine. Between April 20 and until the quarantine ends, we ask those who live or work in Garwood share in 1500 words or less, and/or include a captioned photo, or video describing their personal experience in response to one or more of the following questions:

● What has surprised you most as this quarantine has unfolded?
● What is your biggest fear?
● What is an unexpected, positive impact of the quarantine?
● What is the most difficult part of the quarantine?
● What are your hopes for the future when this is all over?


All submissions* must be accompanied by your first and last name, age and any other information you would like to include such as occupation, school/grade, etc. Please send as an attachment via email to
* Only send this work if in agreement that Garwood Public Library and the Garwood Historical Society has permission to share the words and pictures with the public as part of the historical record and no benefit, financial or otherwise, is given or implied for the submitted material.