The Public library in Winsted, Connecticut is asking for donations. Their microfilm readers are beyond repair. Following is anbeardsleylib excerpt from an article about the need.

WINSTED — Much of Winsted’s history is noted in newspapers, census records, minutes and passenger lists. While original copies are no longer available, hundreds of documents are archived on microfilm and microfiche in the Beardsley & Memorial Library’s genealogy and local history room.

Despite good care and maintenance, users of the valuable collection are barely able to view and research the hundreds of rolls of films because of outdated and poorly running microfilm readers.

“At this time, one old microfilm machine is inoperable. The other machine is also old, has limited capabilities and operates slowly in spite of a few broken parts. Printing mechanisms are no longer operable, either, making it less helpful to researchers,” stated a letter from the Beardsley & Memorial Library Board of Trustees. “To remedy this problem, the Board of Trustees has launched a fund drive to upgrade the old microfilm equipment.”

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