NAMPA -- A library in southwestern Idaho is working to convert its archive of historic newspapers from deteriorating microfilm to digital copies.

The Nampa Public Library was recently awarded $10,000 from Canyon County, and library officials say they hope to use that money to purchase a digital microfilm reading machine.

Misty Preece, secretary for the organization Friends of the Library, told the Idaho Press-Tribune that making the collection digital will improve access for the public and make the images easier to read.

The library has copies of the local newspaper dating to 1898. The library still needs another $14,000 to cover the costs of a computer, software and a monitor for the archive project.

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