The Optimists Club of Liverpool donated Assistive Listening Devices to the library for use in the Carman Community Room by patrons who require sound amplification.
From February to June the library ran the Homework Connection program in conjunction with the County library system. Volunteer Homework Helpers assisted students in using library resources in order to complete their school research projects. An intergenerational program “Reading is Ageless” took place in March. Senior citizens from Birchwood Center and West Side Manor read stories and poems and did crafts with elementary school students.
In March the Board voted to name the Circulating Software Collection in honor of past employee Jean Armour Polly. A major undertaking of the Board was to review all of the library’s policies. Two readings were held on each policy. The time between the two readings was planned to give the staff and the public time to comment. Over two dozen policies were implemented within a few months.
Reference librarians offered a program “Overcoming Library Phobia” in March and April. Small groups of adults were tutored in the use of the library catalog and collections. Other programs included a resume workshop given by Baldwinsville Business teacher, Joseph Bisignano and a presentation by Miriam Monfredo, mystery author from western New York state. All American Tim Green who was a Liverpool High School graduate spoke at another Meet the Author program.
Nolan Lushington was hired as a consultant regarding the library’s expansion project . The Board acknowledged and approved the action of Dr. Wells in acquiring the property at 213 Second Street (adjacent to the library) for $212,000.
The April 4 budget vote for $2.6 million passed 268 to 133. Sharon Fulmer was reelected to the Board of Trustees for another five year term.
In June Dawn Stonecipher was hired to work in the Audio Visual Department as a part time page. Melissa Messere and Chris Dahlin were hired as pages for the Children’s Room in August. Kerry Higgins joined the paging staff in October.
“Journaling: Writing Your Own News” proved to be a popular workshop. It was led by Linda Loomis on June 28.
In June Dr. Klaiber resigned from the Board. He was awarded a plaque commemorating over twenty years of service as a library trustee. Dr. Thomas J. Wells was reelected as President, Joe Ostuni, Jr. as Vice President, and Patricia Mautino as Secretary of the Board. Daniel Kelly was appointed to the Board in October to fill the vacant position.
On July 14 the Board met with the Department Heads for an all day meeting. The main topic was the proposed expansion. In mid summer several employees visited area libraries to view space utilization firsthand. The public libraries they visited were in Geneva and Clifton Springs.
Rubber Stamping techniques were the subject of workshops for adults in September. An exhibit of Banned Books attracted attention that same month. For the first time the Art Rental Gallery included jewelry as part of its show.
October saw the beginning of the ninth annual Arts Alive concert series. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the series was supported by the Friends of the Library. This year the Art Rental Gallery Open House was held in conjunction with the jazz program.
Local author Barbara Block ( “Chute and Adders”) was the guest speaker at the Meet the Author series on October 16th. That same month Fay Ann Golden was honored by the Friends at their annual membership tea for her many years of dedication and service to the library.
Library employees honored and presented with Merit and Performance Awards in November were Renee Romance, Judy Sibio, and Lisa Murphy.
Also in November was the third annual Cornucopia show. Described as “Arts and Crafts with Distinction,” the show was a spin off of the popular Art in the Park. Paintings, stained glass and one of a kind jewelry were some of the wares offered.
In December the Board held two special meetings for the purpose of interviewing six architectural firms who had responded to the Request for Proposals sent out by Director Fay Golden.
The library received a Poets and Persons in New York grant to hold poetry workshops in February and March.