Early in January the Board announced that the library’s budget referendum would be held separately from that of the school district. Library officials hoped that holding it separately would help to “eliminate the confusion that results from a combined referendum.” Last year’s defeat prompted this action.
A bomb scare took place on March 2 and staff and patrons had to evacuate the building. Fortunately it was a hoax. (Anonymous sources report that the staff put a sign on the door saying “Closed for Repairs” and made a hasty retreat to Mothers Restaurant on First Street.)
And so on April 3 a $441,000 budget was presented to the voters of the LCSD. It was approved by a vote of 301 to 46 ( significantly less than the previous year’s tally of 1132-1286.) Stuart Krupkin and Judith Green were reelected as Trustees.
Virginia Henderson, the clerk who did all of the card catalog filing, took on the responsibility of Interlibrary loans.
Wilhma’s entry for April 30 says she began to bank the library money twice a week. There was $108.93 from fines and $39.60 from the copier. She noted that the Red Cross Blood Pressure Unit would be at the library the first and third Tuesday of every month from now on. (In the year 2000 they were still holding the clinic on Tuesdays! )
May 21st marked the dedication of the large meeting room to Miss Frances Carman, who had served as the director of the library from 1964 to 1970. The public was invited to participate in the dedication ceremony. Henceforth the room was known as the CCR- the Carman Community Room.
On June 1st Renee Romance began as a volunteer, preparing books for circulation at the library branch which was to be located in Room 108 at the former Mark Loveless Elementary School on School Road.
At the June Board meeting the trustees elected Stuart Krupkin as their President and Larry Dunstone as their Vice President/Financial Officer. Anita DePentu was named Secretary to the Board.
Art in the Park took in $356.14 on July 14 and 15.
In August word was received from the Central New York Community Foundation that the $4000 grant previously awarded for a bookmobile could be used to help the defray the cost of establishing the Mark Loveless Branch.
September 19 marked the official opening of the Branch. Hours of service were Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Judy Sibio and Mary Lou Matthews, who later became clerks in the Audio Visual and Technical Services departments respectively, were also volunteers.
In early December a library Christmas party was held at the Beefsteak Mining Company Restaurant at the Penn Can Mall. It was the first time the party had been held at a restaurant and not at the library or in the home of a librarian.
For almost a decade the librarians took turns writing a column for the Liverpool Salina Review. In Fay Golden’s final column of the year she reminisced about the seventies and pondered what changes would occur in the eighties. At year’s end the library employed 6.2 librarians, 16 clerks and pages, and a full time custodian.