January 26 was the date of the third “Happy Hour” for teens run by Young Adult librarian, Victoria Gaworecki. Students in grades 7-12 participated in an evening of fun and games.
During the February school vacation the annual stuffed pet show was held. There were over one hundred participants and their owners.
Plans for the library expansion were affected when the federal money became unavailable. There was much discussion in the community and at the school district board meetings, but in the end permission was given to construct the addition. Library officials opted to postpone full construction of the second floor in an effort to keep the price scaled down to the amount of money they had. Then, thanks to the efforts of Assemblyman Michael Bragman, the state filled the void by granting the library the $225, 000 needed to complete the project as originally planned.
And then at 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, March 27th a horrific event took place. The Liverpool Community Chorus had just finished their evening of practice in the Carman Community Room when one of the participants, Bonnie Merritt, a Chestnut Hill Middle School English teacher, was shot and killed by her estranged husband as she left the library’s Second Street entrance and walked to her car. Librarians on duty phoned the police and within minutes Acting Police Chief Gerald Neri and his staff were on the scene. People had to use the library phone to call home for rides since no cars were allowed to be moved from the crime scene. Police designated the library a “command post” and interviewed witnesses in an effort to determine the identity of the woman and facts about the shooting.
April 1st the Liverpool Public Library became the first library in the area and one of the first in the nation to circulate computer software. Only Apple compatible software was in the collection at first.
On May 9th the library operating budget of $727,284 was approved by a vote of 1354 to 697. Stuart Krupkin and Joseph Ciranello were each elected to the Board of Trustees. Krupkin was elected to a five year term and Ciranello was elected to fill eleven months of a vacated position.
On May 12th a groundbreaking ceremony for the 10,355 square foot addition was held.
In June the library had to be closed so that bookshelving and materials could be relocated to the Carman Community Room, which was transformed into a staff area. Minor disruptions and a fair amount of noise would occur during the next few months as construction took place.
The Summerbus! program was cancelled. The parking area was closed to the public and to the staff and the number of tables and chairs in the seating areas was reduced. Several years of the periodicals backfile were sent into storage.
In spite of the inconvenience the staff remained optimistic and one August Friday evening after closing they held a “Library Olympics.” Events included the warped record roll, empty book cart race, full book cart race, trash pitch, date due card stamp-off, biography fetch, and library trivia. Needless to say a good time was had by all!
July 14th marked the wedding day of Assistant Director Jean Armour, who became Jean Armour Polly. All of the librarians attended the wedding. Most of them traveled in Betty Matiskella’s van up to Big Moose in the Adirondacks. Anna Foley, a library clerk who was working towards her library degree at Syracuse University, was left to staff the reference desk for the entire day!
In August Jane Miller joined the Circulation staff.
September 4 marked the first day on the job for Robert Watkins, Sr. as Head Custodian.
The following staff were recognized for their achievements: Victoria Gaworecki, Yvette Hewitt, Martha Hopper, Judy Locke, Renee Romance and Vicky Smith.