In 1965 Director Susan Gabbay wrote a History of the Liverpool Library. Then, in 1972, she added a brief supplement. Now in the year 2001 I have undertaken the task of bringing that history up to date.
The purpose of this history is to relate the events as they occurred: the budget votes, the services, and the Boards. Current employees have been queried and contributed to this history. Wilhma Louck’s diary, library statistical reports, the local Liverpool Salina Review newspaper, the annual Director’s Report, the Board minutes, the monthly reports of former Assistant Director Jean Armour Polly and myself have all provided the details for this supplement to LPL History.
Throughout the supplement many employees are mentioned by name. Please be aware, however, that the supplement is not all-inclusive, nor is it meant to be. It is as accurate as it can be given the resources available and the memories of those who participated in the variety of events and services.I begin with a brief statement about the Seventies. This is followed by a year-by-year accounting of what transpired.
At the beginning of the 70s decade the library was located in the same building as the Liverpool Central School District Office at the corner of Tulip and Second Streets. The director was Susan Gabbay.
According to statistics in a report from the files of Jean Armour Polly, then the Serials Librarian, the population served was 33, 281. The library was run by ten and one half full time equivalents (probably about twenty people) and it was open fifty five hours per week in the winter and forty five hours per week in the summer. We owned 24, 290 books, 848 records, 1500 pamphlets and subscribed to four newspapers and eighty magazines. The annual operating budget was under $70,000.
As a point of comparison --in the year 2000, we subscribed to over 350 newspapers and magazines and owned 83, 033 books, over 10, 000 audio items and almost 5, 000 videos. DVD’s, CD’s and software…today’s popular media...did not exist when Sue Gabbay penned the original history.
Elaine R. Lyon
Administrator for Support Services and Technology
September 30, 2001
Liverpool Public Library Scrapbooks, 1978-2001
Liverpool Public Library Minutes of the Board of Trustees, 1976-March 2001
News clipping collection of Marilyn Cooley ( duplicated scrapbooks)
Liverpool Salina Review newspaper microfilm (various years)
Liverpool Public Library Department Head meetings notes
Jean Armour Polly monthly reports, various years
Susan Mills monthly reports, various years
Elaine Lyon (aka Heller, Goldberg) monthly reports, September 1980-May 2001
Responses to query made of all Liverpool Public Library staff, summer 1998
Responses to my constant questions: current LPL staff with a lot of patience