Library of Us

In collaboration with the Penlee Family Project, Storylines is creating a series of bespoke books to enable people of all ages to share their stories.

The first book to enter the library will bring together people’s experiences and stories of lockdown and Covid-19. Through a series of 100 creative, story-sharing packs, Storylines provided resources, prompts and activities that enabled people of all ages to contribute towards the book. This process has provided families with a framework for reflection and healing and given those who are isolated an opportunity to connect with others and engage with something creative. This was made possible with additional funding from the Cornwall Community Foundation.

Storylines have also created a series of hand-made books to enable monthly exchanges between children and adults in the community.

Over time we hope to build a collection of books which can be treasured and explored for years to come.

Videos

  • Video ThumbnailStory exchange book - vimeo Video
  • Video ThumbnailSince the first lockdown in Spring 2020 we have had the joy of collaborating with the Penlee Family Project, a fabulous intergenerational community support group based in Pool. To help the project continue to engage with their community remotely, and with thanks to additional funding from the Cornwall Community Foundation, Storylines created a series of 100 creative, story-sharing packs. These packs were bursting with resources, prompts and activities that enabled people of all ages to contribute towards a book to document personal experiences of the pandemic. This process provided families with a framework for reflection and healing and gave those who are isolated an opportunity to connect with others and engage with something creative. We have been bowled over by the responses we’ve since received and there is so much material that we have created 3 beautiful books to share them. The book in this film documents many aspects of life over 2020: including what we have missed; what we’ve been doing; our daily walks; how communities have pulled together; acts of kindness; what we’ve eaten; what belongings have helped us through; what reflections we’ve had; what advice we’d give and what dreams we’ve had. From aged 2 to aged 92, new parents to those isolated at home, we’ve captured a wide range of voices and experiences of this past challenging year. Putting the books together we have experienced many different emotions. We have laughed and we have cried. Some of the stories were heart breaking to read, and others warmed our hearts and gave us hope. Hope can never be taken away. We can be sad at what has been lost and taken from us but we can also rejoice at all we have come through and the beautiful lessons we have learned. Here in our book about the Covid 19 experience in our community, we capture the stories of everyday lives in everyday places across all generations. We thank everyone for their contributions to this testimony of our shared experience. Terry Reynard and Kim Parker, Penlee Family Project Directors
  • Video ThumbnailSince the first lockdown in Spring 2020 we have had the joy of collaborating with the Penlee Family Project, a fabulous intergenerational community support group based in Pool. To help the project continue to engage with their community remotely, and with thanks to additional funding from the Cornwall Community Foundation, Storylines created a series of 100 creative, story-sharing packs. These packs were bursting with resources, prompts and activities that enabled people of all ages to contribute towards a book to document personal experiences of the pandemic. This process provided families with a framework for reflection and healing and gave those who are isolated an opportunity to connect with others and engage with something creative. We have been bowled over by the responses we’ve since received and there is so much material that we have created 3 beautiful books to share them. The book in this film documents many aspects of life over 2020: including what we have missed; what we’ve been doing; our daily walks; how communities have pulled together; acts of kindness; what we’ve eaten; what belongings have helped us through; what reflections we’ve had; what advice we’d give and what dreams we’ve had. From aged 2 to aged 92, new parents to those isolated at home, we’ve captured a wide range of voices and experiences of this past challenging year. Putting the books together we have experienced many different emotions. We have laughed and we have cried. Some of the stories were heart breaking to read, and others warmed our hearts and gave us hope. Hope can never be taken away. We can be sad at what has been lost and taken from us but we can also rejoice at all we have come through and the beautiful lessons we have learned. Here in our book about the Covid 19 experience in our community, we capture the stories of everyday lives in everyday places across all generations. We thank everyone for their contributions to this testimony of our shared experience. Terry Reynard and Kim Parker, Penlee Family Project Directors

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Testimonials

  • “Working through the packs has helped me to explore a few isolation emotions that I hadn’t previously realised and helped me to remember the positives from the Covid experience so far. The combination of writing and drawing helped to engage creatively. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.”
  • “We have enjoyed thinking back over the last few months together as a family and getting creative. It’s kept us busy and helped the children talk about how they feel. We really enjoyed all the different activities.”
  • “It was such a joy to do the packs. A chance to process this experience and to reflect on what has happened to me, my family but also worldwide. It has helped ‘repair’ and order the experience. Thank you for the opportunity. ”
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