Sonoma County Library invites the community to collectively build the historical record of living through COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement and the impacts on daily life locally. The library is launching an English/Spanish online portal where you can preserve your stories through a variety of media. Sonoma County Library invites you to document, share, and preserve the record of living through these remarkable times. Your contributions will become a part of the collective memory. If you live in, work in, enjoy Sonoma County, they want to hear your story!

Here’s how:

  • Post on social media using #SonomaResponds
  • Respond to reflective prompts online
  • Upload images, videos, recordings, writings
  • Nominate online content for a web archive
  • Nominate material for the physical archive

Your contributions will be the primary sources that future generations use to understand the age of social distancing. These stories will live in the library’s digital collections and with its online partners such as the Online Archive of California, Calisphere and the Internet Archive.

To learn more and submit your contribution to Sonoma Responds: A Community Memory Archive, visit sonomalibrary.org/sonoma-responds-community-archive.

These primary sources will be shared with our community through the Sonoma County Library website, in their digital collections, and with their online partners such as Online Archive of California, Calisphere, Internet Archive, and the Digital Public Library of America.

Share your neighborhood howls, protest signs, photographs & videos, recipes & shopping lists for quarantine cooking, writings, drawings, paintings!

They are especially interested in amplifying and documenting experiences of Black, Indigenous, and folks of color, LGBTQ+ and disabled individuals and communities. If you speak a language other than English, please share your story in your preferred language. Historically these voices have been excluded and silenced in history and in representation in archives.

Submitted material must not violate confidentiality, privacy, security or other laws. Do not include personal information, such as address or phone numbers. Sonoma County Library has no obligation to use or publish your contribution if deemed out of scope.

Contact the Sonoma Responds Archive Team: sonomaresponds@sonomalibrary.org