The Piccolo Family Charitable Foundation recently presented a grant to the Malden Public Library in the amount of $9,195 for the purchase of a new microfilm reader. The Scanpro 3000 will enable users to produce digital output in multiple forms including pdf, digital word search, resident internet links, and enhanced digital imaging of degraded text and photos. This equipment can currently be found in the best research libraries and universities. Not only will the new machine greatly expand the scope of local researchers, it will save Library resources such as paper and print toner. Users may simply save a page as a PDF and send it to their own email and the print quality will be improved as well.
Students and residents will be able to easily create booklets for projects with the use of local press clippings on Malden topics. The timing for obtaining this equipment could not be better as it will be used in preparation of an upcoming Library exhibit of Malden's response to Pearl Harbor as seen through the local press. This historical perspective is being compiled for the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and when finished may be uploaded to the Library’s website as an educational resource for the schools.
The donation from the Piccolo Family Charitable Foundation was presented to Library Director Dora St. Martin and Library Board of Trustees President John Tramondozzi by C. Henry Kezer, President of the Foundation and Laura Hodgin, Treasurer. The Mary F. Piccolo Foundation was created for the purpose of supporting educational and scholastic enterprises of Malden, Melrose and surrounding communities.
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
Photos by City of Malden