Library History

On June 18 the library budget of $159,865 was approved by a vote of 1708 to 1279. Patricia Swanson and Dr. James Klaiber were elected to the Board of Trustees. They joined Bruce Johnson (president), Sharon Fulmer, Stuart Krupkin, Etta Schreiner, Nicholas Vaccaro, Robert Audley and Agnes Benfey.

On June 21 the fourth annual Art in the Park drew over 1000 visitors who wanted to buy arts and crafts from local artists.

In June Susan Gabbay resigned as director after five years in that position. According to an article in the Liverpool Salina Review, Mrs. Gabbay “ wanted to spend more time with the individual patrons and concentrate on the day to day affairs of the library .” Fay Golden, Children’s librarian, was named as her successor beginning July 1. Mrs. Gabbay became the Assistant Director.

Using the plans drawn by the architectural firm of Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw and Foley construction was completed in less than fourteen months. The library closed on August 22 for three weeks so that materials and staff could move into the new half million dollar building located on the corner of Tulip and Seconds Streets. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 21, 1975 with County Executive John H. Mulroy as the guest speaker. Other dignitaries included Liverpool Central School District Board President Arthur D. Little and Margaret A. Horner, Acting Director of the Onondaga County Library System, and D. Kenneth Sargent, the Project Manager. About two thousand people attended! Circulation set a record of 1,039.

Service hours once the new building opened were Monday through Thursday 10-9, Friday and Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 1-5. Previously the Sunday hours had been from 12 noon until 3. The library continued to be closed Saturdays during July and August and closed Sundays during June, July and August.

Programs from the Dedication and Open House listed the following Library Board of Trustees: President, Bruce N. Johnson, Vice President, Sharon Fulmer, Secretary, Dr. James Klaiber and trustees Patricia Swanson and Stuart Krupkin. Library Staff at that time included Director Fay Ann Golden, Assistant Director Susan Gabbay, Adult Services Librarian, Margaret A. Trinca, Children’s Librarian, James W. Shults and Senior Clerk, Dolores Turcotte. Other clerks were Virginia Henderson, Yvette Cuppins, Esther Norton and Carol Pouliot. Typist was Wilhelmina Loucks. Pages at that time were Julie Henderson, Elizabeth Burden, Brian Turcotte, Kerima Gabbay. The Custodian was Francis ( Frank) Burgess.

Unfortunately vandalism took place the early weeks that the new building was open and staff were forced to park their cars on the street. Gas caps were stolen and tires were slashed. Discussions began about hiring a security guard.

A Christmas party was held for the staff at Fay Golden’s house on Cambridge Street in Syracuse.