Library History

In January the Nightshift Bulletin Board service went live. Liverpool was the first public library east of Chicago to offer this service. Computer users were able to dial in and read messages posted by the library. We even offered a service where they could type their reference questions and Aunt Libby ( aka Jean Armour Polly) would respond. The Bulletin Board was operational for about three years.

On Tuesday, March 5th a second referendum was held pertaining to the construction of the library addition. Taxpayers were asked to reapprove their original vote…a technicality in the New York State Local Finance Law. Since the cost of the project had increased since August 1983 when the original estimates were made, a revote was required. New projected costs were $995,000, but the cost to area residents remained at $375,000. The balance of the funding was to come from Community Development funds and state grants. The referendum passed by a vote of 397 to 158.

In March Shirley Titsworth joined the Audio Visual staff as a clerk.

At the May 9 election the library budget of $827,327 for 1985-86 was approved by a margin of 1084 to 699. Joseph Ciranello was elected to a five year term as a Trustee.

On May 15 the video collection was inaugurated by librarian Renee Romance who recalled that seven videos were put into the collection on the first day. Footloose proved to be the most popular and was rarely on the shelf for more than a few hours. Other titles were The French Connection, The Sound of Music, Mick Jagger, Grand Hotel, Funny Girl and Fiddler on the Roof. Soon Wizard of Oz and dozens more were added. The collection proved to be very popular.

In June Director Fay Golden participated in a three week seminar at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University in England. The seminar was sponsored by the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma and the Bodleian Library.

June 29 and 30 Art in the Park was held in Washington Park. Entertainers featured were John and Sondra Bromka, strolling minstrels, and Robin Schade, local folk singer.

The annual awards for staff members were announced in early July at a small ceremony in the “new” Director’s Office (located in a corner of the Carman Community Room.) Six people were honored for their achievements: Cheryl Cornell, Anna Foley, Jean Polly, Judy Rossoff, Rick Fensterer, and Pam Sprague.

At the end of the month pages Chris Becker and Ed Mack left employment.

On November 15th the library closed for the final phase of construction. Firewalls had to be constructed and renovations completed on the older part of the building. Patrons were directed to the Baldwinsville Library to retrieve their reserved items. It was thought that the library would reopen on or about January 2. In actuality it was February 3.

Susan Mills, former director of the Marcellus Free Library joined the staff as Audio Visual Librarian during the month of December. Victoria Gaworecki went on maternity leave ( and would return later as the part time Young Adult librarian) and Renee Romance was appointed to Librarian II status as the Children’s librarian.