The Withee Public Library prides itself on its dedication to the Withee community in the past, present, and future, and the library is currently working on a project that will serve the community by preserving the past for use in both the present and the future.
The Withee Library possesses bound paper copies of our community newspaper going back decades, but these paper copies are in rough shape and difficult to search. The library is updating this collection by converting the newspapers to searchable digital copies that would be available on the computer.
These searchable digital copies will be invaluable to local historians, genealogists, or anyone interested in the history of their family or the community. The funds for this ambitious project were raised by the library through a number of donations, grants, and a $500 Shopko Foundation Grant. We are exceedingly grateful to all of our generous donors and for the community support for this exciting preservation project.
The library expects to unveil the completed database and make it available for public use by January 2017. Thank you again for your community support and generosity.
Picture caption: Library Director Justine Paulson receives a grant check from Amy Pogue, Abbotsford Shopko Manager, on behalf of the Withee Public Library project to convert historical documents to digital.