Library History

Librarians initiated the “Overcoming Library Phobia” program for the general public. In small group sessions people were taught to use the newest technology when doing research for their papers and projects.

Two literary programs were offered: Daytime Book Discussion on Wednesdays at noon and the Readers RoundTable on Thursday evenings. The English Conversation Club, a series of weekly two hour sessions where adults from other nations could practice their English speaking skills, began under the direction of Outreach librarian, Susan Smith. Soon librarian Connie D’Acurzio assisted her in leading the group.

On January 1st the library building became smoke-free. Staff were asked to confine their smoking to an area in the parking garage where a custom made bench would be installed.

Sixteen story times were conducted for children ages one year through grade 2 from February through April. The 3/4 Club took place every other Tuesday for third and fourth graders. The program encouraged library use and reading for these elementary school children.

In March Patrick Lawler, David Lloyd, Steve Smith and others read their poetry at the Friday night Poetry reading programs.

Melora Macbeth, former director of the Salina Free Library, began as Head of the Computer Department on March 10. The library began to circulate IBM and Commodore software in addition to Apple.

The library continued to be a site for the AARP tax consultants who offered free assistance to senior citizens. Tax forms were also distributed by the library as part of the national program sponsored by the U.S. government.

April was Dinosaur Mania month for children and there were programs and displays on this popular theme.

Over four hundred voters turned out for the library budget vote in the middle of the month and gave their approval to the 9.9% increase. Dr. Thomas J. Wells was reelected to a five year term on the Board of Trustees.

In June, fines for overdue books, records, audiocassettes, compact discs, software, and periodicals were raised to twenty cents per day. Fines on videos, art prints, sculpture, and equipment were raised to $2 per day.

June also saw the introduction of Voice Mail and an Autoattendant for the telephone system.

June 21st marked the one hundredth anniversary of the granting of the library’s charter. A belated birthday celebration took place in the Carman Community Room in September.

From July 12 to August 6 Summerbus returned and hundreds of children from the Liverpool area were transported to the library for a morning filled with fun things to do! The 22nd Art in the Park returned to Johnson Park on August 21-22.

Librarian Rita ben Simon, an American Red Cross certified instructor, taught a two part course ( four hours each) in Babysitting.

August found controversy surrounding the library’s display of a nude painting as part of an exhibit sponsored by the Liverpool Central School District faculty. Some patrons complained and the media arrived with lights and cameras, but Director Fay Golden said the painting would stay.

Performance Awards were presented at a staff reception to Lana Rothrock, Anita Simmons and Shirley Titsworth.

In September a reception was held for those people who had been the subjects of a series of local history interviews videotaped by Rick Fensterer. The Liverpool Legends series provided a history of the area as seen through the eyes of local residents. Linda Loomis, co-editor of the Review and an adjunct professor at Onondaga Community College, served as the interviewer for the series. Sixteen tapes have been produced thus far (2000) and more are planned. Subjects include the following people: Betty Gurnett, William Hassett, Betty Henes, the Hurst Family, Robert Kinman, Luke LaPorta, the Maurer Family, Joe and Virginia Peta, Helen Heid Platner, Marjorie Stevens Sargent, Julia Scott, Frank Selinski, Russ Tarby, The Weekly Newspaper, and Lola Wilcox. All of the tapes were made available for loan.

Meanwhile the Children’s Department sponsored a series of Friday evening “Pajama Parties” where preschoolers and their favorite ( stuffed) bedtime buddies were invited to enjoy Curious George, The Berenstain Bears and Madeline.
The first Mother Goose StoryTime Program was held in October.

On October 13 local author Diana Abu-Jaber discussed her novel “Arabian Jazz” at a reception, book sale and signing.

Library tee shirts were offered for sale by the Friends. The original design of a bar code preceded by the numbers 0101 was replaced with a new design. The phrase “There’s power in knowledge” surrounded a drawing of a “clenched fist.” The words “Liverpool Public Library” appeared underneath. Deb Suppes, member of the library’s custodial staff, created the winning entry in a design contest held among the staff.

Towards the end of the month Alan Rowoth became Head of the Computer Department and Mickayla “Micky” Wheeler, Head of Circulation, resigned and moved to Florida.

In November the library became the site for EDCON, a computerized regional database of educational and training opportunities for adults in the Central New York area. It was sponsored by the Regional Learning Service.

November was also the month that the library belatedly celebrated its one hundredth birthday. June 21 was the official charter date and Director Fay Golden said in the Liverpool Salina Review, “We decided to keep it low-key. There’s been so much going on here anyway it’s been hard to get a meeting room.”

Barbara Moul was hired as a page in the Computer Lab. Jeanne Biggins became the Head of Technical Services. Her first task was to initiate intensive training on O.C.L.C. (Online Computer Library Center), a national system used for cataloging materials.

In December Susan Mills, Head of the Audio Visual Department began the long process of disposing of the vinyl record collection. The project was expected to take six months.