Gofundme.com is an online fundraising website that highlights fundraisers for individuals and organizations.  The library has recently posted a campaign to raise funds for a new digital microfilm reader that can be interfaced with a computer and printer.  Below is the full story.  Click here, if you would like to make a contribution to this worthwhile project.


Flora Public Library is launching a fundraising campaign to purchase a new digital microfilm reader. The library’s two existing analog reader/printers are close to becoming obsolete. They will be replaced with one unit. The library’s current microfilm readers are used extensively by staff and patrons to look up genealogical, local history, and reference information.

The new digital device would allow patrons to view the microfilm, print copies on a laser printer or scan to a computer so a file can be saved or emailed. Information, including history similar to that used in this year’s Flora Rotary Historic Tour of Elmwood Cemetery, can be found using the library’s microfilm readers. Marriage and birth announcements are available as well as obituaries for the area. Many people look up an event that happened locally or research businesses or buildings that have been part of Flora’s past.

Make and model of the unit will be similar to the one pictured here. Target amount needed to purchase the unit is $12,000.00. The new digital microfilm reader would be networked with a computer and a laser printer to provide easy access for patrons.

The library has had two 10% budget cuts in the last four years and may face another 25% cut if municipal funds are cut by the state. The reduction in revenues will make it impossible for the library to purchase the piece of equipment from basic operating funds. The machine is essential to fulfilling the local history and genealogical needs of our patrons. Thank you for your generosity in helping the library to achieve the goal of obtaining a digital microfilm reader.”