Isolating Together: Portland Public Library


Isolating Together: Portland Public Library

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Greater Portland is a vibrant region, filled with creative and adventurous individuals. As a community, we are integral to one another, and the Library is integral to our community. Amidst this time of isolating during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to send us your thoughts from your individual point of view describing how you are living with the present social distancing measures. We may now be physically distant but let us remain socially connected.

How are you weathering the challenges of this COVID-19 pandemic? Send your thoughts, poems, letters, diary entries, original artwork, doodles or comics to We’ll preserve your submissions here, on our library blog, and on our library social media.

Archives provide future generations a richer view of history, first-person documentation of our times and lives. This is an opportunity to document our own histories for future historians and social scientists trying to make sense of it a hundred years from now!


Portland Public Library


Portland, Maine
Cumberland County, Maine

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Sending Words
Letter-writing has a significantly enhanced value during the pandemic. It's a safe way for people to personally "visit" one another.

A Social Distancing Sign of the Times
People wait outside Trader Joe's in Portland.

During quarantine, dog walks had gotten a little more animated in the early afternoons as more kids were out playing in the streets. More neighbors without dogs have been walking the neighborhood and it feels as if every third house has a new…

The marquee on Portland's State Theatre, 609 Congress Street, with a message of encouragement for passers-by. "Resurgam" is the City of Portland's motto, meaning "I shall arise again."

It's a picture of the local Little Free Library operating one block away from my apartment. The author of this note was more prepared than the entire federal government.
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