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Holiday Fun in December at the Princeton Public Library

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December Take-n-Make Project
December’s Take-n-Make project is a star made from clothespins. It is so simple yet pretty. It is perfect to add some rustic charm to your holiday décor. Kits include clothespins, twine and instructions. You will need a glue gun or craft glue. The kits will be available for pick up on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, while supplies last.

Holiday Fun at the Library
On Monday’s in December we will be showing our patron’s picks for their favorite Holiday Movies. They will begin at 5:30 PM in the Matson Meeting Room.

We will also have live Holiday Music in the main area of the Library by locals who play piano, guitar, hammer dulcimer, and vocals on Fridays starting at 4 PM.

Princeton Public Library Adding Website to house local newspapers
The library is working with Innovative Innovative Document Imaging (IDI) to transfer the Bureau County Republican (BCR) newspapers into a user-friendly PDF format. IDI will build and support the website, data and search functions. The end result will provide an easy, searchable access platform for each year and individual edition. “Currently, we have the entire paper available on microfilm, with the exception of the past five years, but other services only offer the content on an article by article basis” said director Julie Wayland. “This tool will present the entire layout, including weather, sports, advertisements and other items as they are originally published.”

The library has every edition of the BCR from the start of the paper through 2017 on microfilm. Staff will submit the physical papers to IDI to be scanned for the website and returned with a microfilm version. Due to the cost, the library is unable to transfer all of the back issues at this time. The board of trustees has approved the ongoing addition to the budget to decrease the gap and the Friends of the Library has generously agreed to contribute to the project.

IDI is currently developing the website and transferring 2018 issues. The 2022 issues will be sent to IDI in January. Once the gap is closed, the library will begin sending the oldest editions and the most current year of BCRs annually with the goal of having the entire collection available and searchable on the website. “This is going to make it so much easier for researchers and genealogy enthusiasts to locate information using names and keywords to return all issues within a given year” said local history librarian, Margaret Martinkus.​

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