Library History

April 1st Mary Lou Matthews joined the staff in Technical Services, filling in for Wilhma Loucks who went on sick leave for three months. That same day the library saw its 500,000th patron. Susan Jones received prizes from two Gaylord representatives, General Manager of GLS, Bob Scherzer, and PR representative Irwin Vrooman.

Part time security person Mike Burg, who was also a Liverpool police officer, spoke to the staff on the subject of problem patrons, our legal rights ( and theirs) and how to deal with various situations.

Computers were beginning to become popular at home and Fay, Jean Armour and Peggy Trinca traveled to the Fairport Public Library outside of Rochester, New York to see what they were doing in the way of public computing. The decision was made to begin to offer computing to the patrons of the Liverpool Library.

In May the library presented its annual operating budget to the voters at the same time as the LCSD budget propositions. The library’s budget passed by a wide margin of 2162 to 1100. Judith Green was re-elected as a library trustee.

The Library Board of Trustees was expanded from five members to seven. Stuart Krupkin served as president. Newly appointed members Genevieve Pieniazek and Sondra Stock joined Sharon Fulmer, Judy Green, Hilda Watrous and Larry Dunstone on the Board.

The Summerbus program was shortened from its usual six weeks to four, from July 13 to August 4. Notary Public service became an official library service when the Board opted to pay the fees for new notaries, Peggy Trinca and Jean Armour, as well as for Elaine Heller who was scheduled to take the test and for Judith Rossoff who already had her Notary License.

In her annual message appearing in the Liverpool Salina Review Director Fay Golden reported that “as a conservation measure the Library Board had an energy management system installed to help control the use of electrical energy which heats, cools and lights the building. And thus try to control costs. The Mark Loveless Branch of the library was closed in June when the School District offices were moved to the Zogg School….”

A Citizen’s Committee was formed to do a needs assessment. It consisted of the following Liverpool residents: Lee Lopez, Marie Cady, Jacquelyn Pfisterer, James Johnson, Agnes Benfey, Patrick DiDomenico, Freda Lewis, Richard Hartman and Charlotte Sherman. At the end of a year’s work the committee issued a report recommending expansion of the facility.

October 16, 1981 marked the debut of the Apple II+ computer. Librarians began to offer “validation” classes where they explained how to handle a floppy disk and how to use a computer. Validation classes were held every evening and were limited to 30 people per session. All of the sessions were quickly filled for weeks ahead and several librarians took turns teaching. Over 600 people were validated in the short span from October 11 to December 1. The Apple computer was placed in the Children’s Room and people had to sign up in advance to use it. Eventually the validation session was transformed into a slide-tape presentation.

The following staff were recognized for their achievements: Cheryl Cornell, Anita DePentu, Anna Foley, Virginia Henderson, Barbara Herrgesell, Martha Hopper, Lyn Krivanek, Lisa Murphy, Jean Armour, Judith Rossoff, Margaret Trinca and Dolores Turcotte.