This project began as many big ideas often do, as part of a dinner table conversation during the first days of the COVID-19 epidemic. How will this virus affect our family, work, and community? What will our new reality look like? What might we learn about ourselves and others over the coming weeks and months? We are living in unprecedented times--a phrase heard daily, but what exactly does it mean? How can we give lasting value to our thoughts and feelings so they live beyond our social media posts?

As the case counts started to rise across the country, the value of dinner table conversations taking place all around our community became clear to me. I wanted to create a project inspiring every day people to express themselves, share their experiences, and record them for history. I couldn't help it. As a creative person and librarian, it just felt right. It also felt like a way to help and cope.

The Carbon County Sheltered Stories project is made possible by: partnership from Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe and Lehighton Area Memorial Library, grant funding from the Carbon County Community Arts Fund, the support of the Palmerton Area Library staff and Board of Directors and each person who contributes their story.

Thank You to All,

Rachel DeMicco, Project Coordinator

Library Programs Administrator

Palmerton Area Library