It’s Christmas at the Kimball Public Library!  Our Christmas present is the newly arrived ST View Scan machine that takes the place of the 1983 Microfilm Reader Printer.  The ST View Scan machine is computer software driven with the capability of looking at microfilm and microfiche negatives, scanning photographs and slide negatives, and scanning documents.  The machine is for public use.  One of the functions of the machine is viewing Western Nebraska Observer microfilm and other microfilm from many sources — including genealogy records from other states through InterLibrary Loan programs, other newspapers, etc.  In the newspaper one can find obituaries, birth announcements (not birth records), wedding pictures, old ads, a huge variety or articles such as fires, construction of new buildings, award winners, and anything to do with history of the area.  At a birthday or anniversary celebration, one could print off the front page of the newspaper for the recipient of what happened on their special day and present it to them. 

Another use for the machine is to scan old 35 mm slides, save to a flash drive and/or print them off on photo paper or regular paper.  Old slides and negatives in various sizes can be scanned also.  Documents such as marriage licenses, awards, old letters that you might want to save and share with family, and more can be scanned and saved or printed.  If you are scrapbooking and need more copies, you might want to consider this.  We are thinking this new machine is a huge asset to the library and the community.

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