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1988 Library HistoryIn February the Liverpool Library Needlework Group solicited volunteers to become involved in a project to create a village quilt for the library that would go on permanent display. Early plans were to make squares depicting local structures and industries. Some of those who were involved in the beginning were pictured in the Liverpool Salina Review. They were Betty Gilmore, Ceil Rosenthal, Dot Wyker, Georgia Charlton and Sophie Jakovac. Eventually over thirty people participated in the creation of the quilt. Upon its completion the quilt was hung in the main room of the library behind the Circulation Desk. Local photographer Ron Trinca created a post card depicting the quilt and these were sold by the Friends of the Library.
The Friends of the Library continued to support the library with their ongoing book sale in the lobby. They also held a plant exchange in the spring.
The library circulated books, records, software, cassettes and toys. In March the Audio Visual Department, offered a wall stud finder to their list of equipment available for loan. A microwave energy detector was also added to the collection. Both were available for three day loan.
At their March meeting the Board approved a proposal to purchase a television set and mount it above the new book area so that patrons could view the current news and the stock market information. Since WCNY already provided a free cable drop to the library, there would be no further cost involved.
The library budget proposition rose to $1.54 million and voters were promised longer hours if they were to approve the proposition. On May 25th they approved the budget by a vote of 1304 to 931. Two people ran unopposed - Dr. Thomas J. Wells and Dr. James Klaiber - and were elected to the Board of Trustees for five year terms. Passage of the budget meant that the library would be increasing its hours of operation to seventy one. Beginning in September the library would remain open until 9 p.m. on Fridays.
In June Director Fay Golden mentioned at the Board meeting that she was going to meet with Dr. Jerome Melvin, Superintendent of the Liverpool Central Schools, about a library presence in the north end of the district.
Throughout the year there were problems with the alarm system going off unexpectedly. In July Director Golden told the Board that the cause had been found and was going to be remedied. Apparently the alarm system was on the same frequency as the local police and fire department. It was activated any time that either the police or fire department radios were being used in the area!
Another problem that constantly resurfaced for the Board was that of the heating system of the library. After months of erratic temperatures in the building, visiting heating engineers and much discussion, the Board voted to install an energy automation system.
Alan Rowoth joined the Computer Department in August. Alison (Read) Post returned to work at the library on August 22. Other new hires included Judy Sibio, a former volunteer at the Mark Loveless Branch (Audio Visual Department clerk), Richard De Rosa (reference librarian) and Anita Simmons ( page.)
On September 6, 1988 at 2:08 p.m. Lee Ann Lannon of Baldwinsville became the 1,000,000 person to register for a library card at Liverpool. According to The Liverpool Salina Review, "Cameras flashed and Dolores Turcotte, head of circulation services, presented Lee Ann a special card with gold lettering saying 1,000,000 Patron. The card was provided by Gaylord Brothers. Lee Ann also received gold/brass desk calculator donated by Gaylord Brothers and a library tee shirt, book bag and bookmarks.”
An Awards ceremony was held on September 20. Mickayla Wheeler and Elaine Goldberg were the recipients of the Merit Award. Mary Lou Matthews received the Performance Award.
A video projection screen was purchased and installed in the Carman Community Room.
In December a consultant, Ruth Fraley, was hired to come to the library to tell us how we could improve our space utilization throughout the library.
Lana Rothrock was hired as a part time clerk for the Adult Services Department.