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Urbandale Public Library/Life Stories: Pandemic Memoirs

Updated December 2020

How will we remember the Coronavirus pandemic? What do we want future generations to know about our experience?

It sounds like a cliche, but we are truly living in an unprecedented time! Writing down our memories of this historic period helps create an important record for future generations. Writing can also be cathartic, helping us gain perspective in uncertain times.

In 2020, the Urbandale Public Library hosted two special sessions of our Life Stories Memoir writing program focused on recording memories of the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants worked to create a collection of short memoirs to share now and provide future generations with a record of their experiences.

Several participants have submitted their writing to share with us. Through the link below, you’ll find their reflections about fear, isolation, frustration, newfound productivity, and a range of other experiences. We thank these writers for sharing their work with us!

Life Stories: Pandemic Memoirs & More: Click here.

If you are interested in sharing a COVID-19 pandemic memoir of your own, please send it via email to Laura Sauser, Community Manager, at  Please indicate whether you would like your submission to be anonymous; otherwise, only first names will be published.