Library History

The year began with the library hosting a four part discussion series, “Lives Worth Knowing: Distant Lives.” It was funded by a grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities.

Judith Rossoff took over as Head of the Audio Visual Department while retaining her responsibilities as the Assistant Director.

Other programs included the Armchair Traveler, After Dinner Books , the Arts Alive Concert series and Story Times. Jean Armour Polly and Patrick Dolan gave a lecture on technology as a tool for family learning. Computer card catalog instruction was offered to seniors.

In March the Friends of the Library sponsored a Charity Art Auction at Loretto’s Greenpoint Senior Living Community and raised five hundred dollars for the library.

In April a second silent auction was held. It featured autographed scripts from Mash, Grace Under Fire and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, autographed photos and recordings. Proceeds were used to benefit the library.

In early May three hundred fifty six voters approved the library’s $2,823,986 budget while two hundred ninety seven voters said “no.” Trustee Marlene Ward won another five year term on the Board. Newcomer Fred Elkins was elected to replace Joseph Ostuni who had chosen not to run.

The library participated in the village wide garage sale and netted over $3200. The Silent Auction brought in over $800.

Film programs for children continued to be held on Saturday mornings and for families on Saturday afternoons. Attendance was beginning to drop as more people owned VCR’s.

In lieu of Summerbus! The library offered dozens of programs for children throughout the summer. Offerings included Bicycle Safety Fun, story times at Brueggers, puppet programs, the Music Lady, craft fun and a book fair. Summer Reading programs for kids of all ages was offered in conjunction with the county library system once again.

Under the guidance of Fiction librarian, Rita ben Simon, a Readers Advisory Book Reading club was begun. The group of avid readers---staff members from a variety of departments--- wrote brief plot summaries and commentaries on fiction suitable for adult readers.

At the July 9th meeting the board officers elected for the coming year were Dr. Thomas J. Wells, President, Patricia Mautino, Vice President, and Marlene Ward, Secretary. Larry Dunstone was appointed as Financial Officer once again.

In the fall it was the Arts Alive concert series and a food drive for local pantries, a Drop in for Crafts program, Mother Goose story time, Internet for Seniors, Armchair Traveler and After Dinner Books. There was a workshop on writing resumes and one on preserving photographs.

During the last quarter of the year changes in the organizational structure began with the melding of the Audio Visual Department functions into other departments. Elaine Lyon was named Administrator for Support Services and Technology. She directly supervised Computer Support Services and Collection Development and worked with the Technical Services, Telecommunications and Building & Grounds coordinators. Renee Romance was named Administrator for Public Services. She directly supervised Youth Services, Reference Services, Programs and Public Relations and worked with the Coordinators of Circulation and Special Services. (The original intent was to use the term “Assistant Director of,” but this was not approved by civil service because a library the size of Liverpool could only have one Assistant Director. Hence the term “Administrator” was selected to use for the job titles).

In September Cheryl Cornell moved from Computer Services to Technical Services where she continued to process computer software. Judy Sibio and Shirley Titsworth soon joined her as clerks and Leanne Cook joined them as the cataloging librarian.
Judith Rossoff took over as Coordinator of the Technical Services department after Jeanne Biggins left to become the Reference Coordinator. Rita ben Simon became the Computer Lab Manager.

At their September meeting the Board approved the establishment of a new staff award to be known as The Board of Trustees Award for Professional Development. It was an incentive award for continuing education or training. The Board selected Judith Rossoff as the first recipient and awarded her a $500 stipend to be used in professional development.

Merit Awards were presented to Rodney Muench and Barbara Zwolak. Yvette Hewitt received the Performance Award.

In November the sidewalk and steps leading into the library were repaired and a new electrical panel and circuit breakers were installed on the second floor in the Computer Support Services area.

The Board also approved the naming the CD collection in memory of Susan Mills, former head of the Audio Visual Department, who succumbed to multiple myeloma about one year after her retirement.

In December the Audio Visual Circulation Desk was shut down and combined with the Periodicals Circulation Desk. Media Desk became the new name for this multifunctional area.

Once again the library was a collection site for the Toys for Tots program of the Volunteer Center’s Christmas Bureau. The Children’s Department sponsored a Scholastic Book Fair in the lobby for two days. The Friends of the Library held a stocking stuffer sale of library related items on their gift cart in the lobby throughout the month. Book lapel pins made by Lucinda were especially popular. Proceeds from the sale benefited the library.

And the year ended with the Board learning that Director Fay Ann Golden would be retiring July 31st after 23 years at the library. A search committee was formed.