Reading accounts of a fictional pandemic such as Station Eleven, subject of a community read program in spring of 2021 by the Libraries in the Woods collaboration, or non-fiction such as some of the titles pictured below, can bring perspective to our own experience of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Perspectives on the Pandemic program at the FML, now concluded, was designed to foster this perspective through sharing our experiences and to better understand ourselves and the times in which we live. Scheduled events included two zoom-based community conversations and an outdoors, perspective themed musical performance.
To read a summary article on the outcomes of the Perspectives on the Pandemic program at the Field Memorial Library, click here.
More questions to bring out perspectives on the pandemic:
If you had three words to describe the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, what would they be?
What advice would you give to future generations facing another pandemic?
Have you discovered healing strategies for yourself in recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic? If so, what worked or is working for you?
If you learned of other pandemics in human history during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, did that affect how you view your experience during the time of Covid-19?
Our Pandemics book collection each one of which can add to your perspective on our experience with Covd-19
In spring 2021, the Field Memorial Library (FML), a member of the Libraries in the Woods (LITW) Collaborative, participated in the NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley community read of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014). We joined 21 other area libraries to encourage reading the novel and sharing in conversations, events, and other activities that the partners sponsored during April and May. This shared reading project was also part of a regional NEA Big Read sponsored by Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and its partner library, the Tilton Library in Deerfield. More than 40 libraries, organizations and businesses in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties are participating in the three-season program. New England Public Media is also both a media sponsor and programming partner for this widespread Western Mass project. Find the full event schedule here. Copies of the novel are available through FML.
NEABig Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Previous programs and resources are listed below
FML joined with the Belding Library in Ashfield and the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls in a Zoom-based discussion on May 25 at 6:30 of the phrase “Survival is Insufficient,” which has a key meaning in the novel Station Eleven and is drawn from a specific episode of the Star Trek Voyager series.
Because Survival is Insufficient: Station 11 and Star Trek Voyager
On the right is a list of services that stream the Voyager episode on Survival Instinct. It is however, without links.
Click here to go to the page where if you press the “All watch options” you can click to watch the Survival Instinct episode on your preferred service. The Google Play option is below.
The Star Trek Voyagers episode “Survival Instinct” is Episode 2 of Season 6, originally airing Sep 29, 1999. It costs $1.99 to purchase access to this episode through Google Play by clicking on Survival Instinct above.
For more information on the Star Trek episode Survival Instinct: