Pandemic Stories Project

The Pandemic Stories Project is a community storytelling project reflecting the experiences of Jessamine County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between May and September 2022, JCPL collected audio, video, manuscript, and photo submissions. Together, we created a communal record of this history-making happening.

Watch, listen, and read the stories below!


Sheila Lovell’s Pandemic Story


Photo of Steve Phan in the JCPL recording studio. He is wearing headphones and sitting in front of a microphone.

Steve Phan’s Pandemic Story

Steve Phan, Chief of Interpretation at Camp Nelson National Monument, shared what it was like to move from Washington, DC to Kentucky and open a new National Park in the middle of a pandemic.

Download the transcript of Steve Phan’s Pandemic Story.

Photo of Books and Bites staff Carrie, Jacqueline, and Michael in front of a book shelf.

The Books and Bites Team’s Pandemic Story

The Books and Bites podcast staff recorded a story together. Listen to Carrie, Jacqueline, and Michael discuss pandemic life at JCPL.

Download the transcript of the Books and Bites Pandemic Story.

Photo of JCPL Creative Space Specialist Makayla DeMoss.

Makayla DeMoss’s Pandemic Story

JCPL Creative Space Specialist Makayla Denton DeMoss shared what it was like to live through the pandemic with chronic illness.

Download the transcript of Makayla’s story.


Please note: Views and opinions discussed in Pandemic Story Project submissions belong to the submitters and are not endorsed by the Library.