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Wiregrass Newsroom: State grant helps Dale County library advance

BJ Childree sits at an outdated microfilm reader trying to make out the words of an old newspaper article. BJ Childree sits at an outdated microfilm reader trying to make out the words of an old newspaper article.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney

OZARK, AL (WSFA) -- BJ Childree sits in the geneology department of the Dale County library quite often.  She tries to make out the words on a microfilm screen as age-old newspaper articles scroll past her eyes. 

But as these papers get older so does the machine used to read them.   And not only that, you can't print the information.   It's a problem for the hundreds of folks visiting this room each month. But a $6,800 dollar grant from the state is going toward a new microfilm reader, printer, and scanner.

"Now we can go to the newspaper, and find the entire record, we can make a copy of it," says Library Director, Sandra Holmes.

With the new printer, a copy of a page from a newspaper could run you about $0.25 cents, but for some it's worth it--rather than costing them 5-6 hours of their time.

"If I found what I wanted, I would have to take a pen and paper, and sit here and write it maybe not word for word, but probably just take out the interesting, things that I thought I would need when I got home," says Childree. 

That's what used to be the case for many--hours of hand-writing newspaper articles because printing capabilities were unavailable.

But now with a digital screen and copier/scanner this popular room for BJ and many others is bringing age-old information into the 21st century.

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