Library History

Barbara Rohmer volunteered as a page at the library. Later on she joined the staff and worked many years as the bookmender in Technical Services.

The new building was not without problems. The seal on the windows was poor and the windows all around the building began to turn blue. Iroquois Door Company was called in to replace all of the window panes!

On June 8th the voters approved the library budget of $358,761 by a margin of 1194 to 863. Sharon Fulmer was reelected to another five year term as a Trustee. At the June 23rd Board meeting Patricia Swanson was elected as Board President. Other trustees were Dr. James Klaiber, Bruce Johnson and Stuart Krupkin.

July 4th the library was closed but staff attended a ceremony in Lamb Park where a Time Capsule was buried. ( This is the triangular piece of land on the south side of Vine Street bordered by Second Street and Route 57). According to an original document “the history of the bicentennial year 1976 and other articles of interest and history from organizations and churches of our village” were placed in the capsule which was buried “below [the] rock, in the center of Liverpool.” The large red, white and blue striped drum was buried beneath a large rock. Co-chairs of the Village Citizen Committee were Shirley Jefferson and Kenneth P. Hurst. Members of the committee included Floyd W. Tillotson, Village mayor; James L. Moore, Deputy Mayor; Connie Ostuni and Virginia Peta, Historical Society; Fred P. Kies, Mr. Liverpool; Richard Baseline, Clergy, Faye (sic) Golden, Librarian, D. Kenneth Sargent, architect and Richard Worden, American Legion Commanger ( sic).

July 5th was the first day of the new “Summerbus!” program where children of elementary school age were bused to the library for a morning of story time, a movie, crafts and book selection. Ninety five children attended on the first day. There were five different bus routes covering the entire Liverpool Central School District. Each day children came from a different area of the school district. The program ran for six weeks. It was very popular and circulation soared!

The sixth annual Art in the Park show was held on July 9 and 10 in Johnson Park.
On December 2, 1977 a birthday party was held to celebrate having the Gaylord computerized circulation system for one year. Gaylord personnel were present too.

According to the local newspaper a flagpole which had been donated by the owners of the Liverpool Golf and Country Club, the Ajemian family, was to be removed from a village park. Thanks to the efforts of D. Kenneth Sargent and the Liverpool Village Board it was relocated to the Tulip Street side of the library. A plaque still in the library today says that the flag was donated to the library by Rose Ajemian and her family in memory of Archie Ajemian.

It was during the late seventies that Toby Crawford did his slide presentations of places he visited as well as of the local Liverpool area. The Community Room was well used by local nonprofit groups as well as for library programs. Musical concerts on Sunday afternoons proved to be very popular. The library offered a free film series on Saturdays in addition to many story hours throughout the week for preschool children. Over 160 people participated in the second annual Pumpkin Bash on Halloween. A Holiday Book Fair and Bakefest was held just prior to Thanksgiving. Librarian James Shults, a certified teacher, even offered a class in beginning Latin.

Glass display cases in the lobby were filled with interesting exhibits. At Christmas time hand painted ceramic figures known as “Little Saints” or Les Santons de Provence were displayed for the first time. Each year the library would add figurines to the set.