Life in the Time of COVID-19


There is no denying that we are living through a historic moment right now as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. Not since 1918 have we as a society experienced a global pandemic.

It was a week ago today that the Berryville Library closed to the public as a safety precaution, and all across Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas, the United States, and the world, life looks very different than it did just a few short days ago.

We have already documented some of the ways that the library is adapting to this new world for the time being. As of today, we are making another change in adapting our hours. We are still providing all the services discussed in the “Library Interrupted” post, but we are doing so on a slightly altered schedule. For right now, our hours are going to be limited to Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1p.m.

Here in Arkansas, bars and restaurants are closed to the public, legally only allowed to do takeout, delivery, or curbside service. The schools have been closed until at least April 17. Just yesterday, our governor closed tattoo parlors and hair salons. Entire cities and states in the US are on some form of a lock-down or shelter-in-place order in the hopes of combating the spread of the virus.

Part of what we do as a library is act as a storehouse for information, and we would like to record the social history of this historic moment for future readers and generations, week by week as it unfolds. To that end, how would you describe life here in Berryville one week after COVID-19 shut the schools down? What were you thinking about, seeing, or doing around town one week ago?  What are you thinking about, seeing, or doing now? Please share with us in the comments.

We will continue to ask these questions and collect comments on our Facebook page every Tuesday from now until the disease is conquered, and restrictions lifted. From your comments, we will create a new tale: Life in the Times of COVID-19 . . . in our small Ozark town (and elsewhere).  Wax poetic!

Author: berryvillelibrary

"Our library, our future"

5 thoughts on “Life in the Time of COVID-19”

  1. Not being a resident of Berryville, I can only imagine how life is there right now. Likely very similar to how things are here. Empty streets, very quiet everywhere, and trying hard to support local small businesses and restaurants. I hope you are staying well and safe. I am fully utilizing my own library’s online services right now. Thank you for being one of the many resources for people social distancing right now.

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  2. Things are definitely quieter in Berryville. I have to say this week, in particular, is very different from what I had planned. I was getting revved up for Spring break, which would have been this week if school was still in session. I would be running a Hogwarts Spring Break camp everyday, showing movies (Harry Potter!), and also presenting storytimes in the library and offsite. This would have been a busy week. Now I am learning a new normal. I am learning how long items need to be quarantined, how to fulfill patrons needs without opening the doors to them, and trying to follow the social distancing guidelines, while still checking in with neighbors and family members. I was making plans to spend the weekend away with my husband, though we had not decided where yet. Now we are going to stay home and enjoy each other’s company (we will see if that is true after another week or two) and wait this virus out with a sense of humor.

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