Welcome to Liverpool Public Library
1983 Library Historyn February the local Lions club donated funds to buy a Visualtek machine, a piece of equipment that could be used by people with low vision. The Visualtek would transpose print to white with a black background and also enlarge the font size. Elaine Heller was promoted to Librarian II.
At the March Board meeting a motion to raise the price of making a photocopy from ten to fifteen cents was defeated. Director Fay Golden announced that she had applied to the Rotary for funds to purchase a printer for the computer in Pascal Place.
March 12 and 13 saw the library as the starting point for the popular YMCA Folksmarch. Participants traveled along either a 5k or 10k route through the village of Liverpool.
In April the library received six Polaroid cameras from the Polaroid Corporation and A-V librarian Renee Romance made them available for circulation to the public. Vicky Coleman (soon to be Gaworecki) came to work as a librarian.
Wednesday, May 4th saw the annual library vote passing 1574 to 761. The budget for 1983-84 would be $659,835. Robert L. Dunstone ran unopposed for the Board of Trustees.
In July the Board of Trustees recognized six employees for special service to the library. They were Dolores Turcotte, Barbara Herrgesell, Mickayla Crouse, Anita DePentu, Lyn Krivanek and Richard Fensterer.
In August Hilda Watrous resigned as a Trustee and the Board asked Joseph Ciranello to fill the position until the next election which would be held in May 1984.
On September 13th a special referendum was held and the voters approved an expansion plan for the library, 621-486. The $375,000 that was approved was to be counted as matching funds to a federal grant. In addition the Community Foundation awarded the library $95,000 which was to be used to renovate the second floor. On September 21 the Board held a special meeting with architect D. Kenneth Sargent to discuss plans in more detail.
A reader printer was purchased for users of microforms. Now patrons could print information found in their searches of the Liverpool Salina Review and back issues of magazines.
Programs during the year included music concerts, Summerbus!, a visit from local children’s author Bruce Coville, fingerprinting for area children ( sponsored by the Neighborhood Watch program), Saturday family film series, and a book discussion group. The Art Rental Gallery continued to flourish.
As the result of a grant from the Town of Salina ( and a prize won at the New York Library Association meetings by librarian James Shults) the library was able to add a subscription to a computerized index to periodical articles on microfilm known as Magazine Index. The resource quickly gained in popularity over the print Readers Guide to Periodical Literature indexes.