Making a Time Capsule


Making a time capsule

Almost any container will do if you keep it in a dry area of your home like a closet shelf, in the attic, or a kitchen cabinet.  Examples are a plastic sugar container, a coffee can, or a large mason jar.

Decide when you would like to open the time capsule – a year from now or maybe 10, it’s up to you.  Mark the date on your calendar and the container when you are to open it.   And it’s always a good idea to let someone else know where it is located.

Things to put in time capsule:

  • Toilet paper.
  • Empty bottle of hand sanitizer.
  • Facial mask.
  • List of movies or TV shows you’ve been watching, and books you’ve enjoyed.
  • Some newspaper or magazine clippings about current events.
  • If you’ve been doing more cooking at home, what have been your favorite recipes? Or a recipe for a dish you made using creative substitutions.  The library’s online magazine, Flipster, has some great ideas.
  • Print photographs of you and your family wearing face masks.
  • Also include pictures of flyers and notices that have been posted about social distancing.
  • Unique ways you celebrated special events – birthdays, graduations, etc.

Write a letter to your future shelf.  Some question you might include are:

  • What is the date and where are you sheltering in place?
  • How have people you know been affected by Covid-19?
  • What lessons has this experience taught you and what are you thankful for?
  • What do you miss right now and what is the first thing you’d like to do when this is all over?