100 years of Prince George Citizen now in digital form at library

A century's worth of the Prince George Citizen is now available in a digital form at the Prince George Public Library and a celebration will be held Thursday night to mark the milestone.

"The digitization of the Prince George Citizen is significant since the publishing lifetime of this newspaper closely coincides with the lifetime of the city," said chief librarian Janet Marren. "It is the most complete record of our region's history, and making it available to researchers is a huge accomplishment."

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The format allows for easier searching of stories and the database holds all issues of The Citizen, dating back to May 17, 1916.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the main branch and will feature speakers from a number of the organizations involved, including Gordon Yusko, assistant director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC Library.

Library staff will also be available to give demonstrations of the database.

- Patrons are being asked to drop off non-perishable food items at either of the library's branches for the Food for Fines program.

For each item donated, library patrons receive $2 off of their late fees, up to a maximum of $30. The program does not cover fees for lost or damaged items.

Items collected will support the Prince George Council of Seniors Christmas hampers. The PGCOS is specifically seeking healthy food items such as canned vegetables, canned fish or meat, oatmeal and other hot cereals, peanut butter, rice, barley, dried beans and pasta.

A wish list is available on the PGCOS website.

Over $530 in fines were waived during last year's version. This year's edition started Tuesday and will run through the month of December.

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