During the first week of the year the building next door was razed to make room for the proposed expansion. Formerly the home of Carol’s Antiques, it had housed the Liverpool Methodist Church over a century ago.
In mid-March several members of the staff gathered together to form a discussion group which they called “Good Sons, Good Daughters.” Susan Mills, Head of the Audio Visual Department was instrumental in initiating this support group when she discovered that - like herself - many staff members were facing problems associated with aging parents who had health problems.
On April 1 the Board held a special meeting with the architects in an all day session to discuss the various aspects of the construction project with respect to the library services they would like to see provided in a new building.
A few days later, on April 5, the $ 2,476, 099 budget was passed 304 to 168. Patricia Mautino was elected to a second five year term and George Alessio was elected to fulfill one year remaining of Daniel Kelly’s term. At the same meeting the Board approved contracting with Art Mack for construction management services on the building project. During the following weeks the architects met with the Department Heads on several occasions. Concurrently the staff formed “cluster groups” where they discussed ways to reorganize the existing departments.
At the May meeting Director Fay Golden told the Board about a staff member’s idea to invite the trustees to a “Take your trustee to work” day…so they could learn what people did in the daily operation of the library . The idea was met with enthusiasm and took place several weeks later.
In May a quilt featuring characters from children’s literature was completed and hung in the Sargent Meeting Room, site of many of the library’s Storytimes. Designed by Children’s Services clerk Alison Post the quilt project was coordinated by librarian Barbara Herrgesell.
At the Board meeting one month later video fines were reduced from $3 to $1 per day. A motion was passed whereby the library would be authorized to support ALA conference attendance by a Board member, the Cluster Heads and the Business Manager.
Linda Loomis led a one evening seminar, “Writing Your Memoirs” for adults while teens attended a session on poster art.
July marked the organization meeting of the Board and Dr. Thomas J. Wells was reelected President, Joseph Ostuni, Vice President, Patricia Mautino, Secretary and Larry Dunstone, Financial Officer.
In the fall the annual Performance Award was given to all members of the Circulation Department for excellence in service. Members recognized included Sue Bell, Joyce Brough, Stacie Brough, Laurie Carey, Maureen Cullican, Jeff Dottolo, Ginny Henderson, Karen Knapp, Jim Loomis, Connie Lundblad, Monica Miterko, Jessica Presutto, Pam Sprague, Lisa Vigliotti and Barbara Wood.
There were many special meetings for the Board and many meetings for the staff, especially the Department Heads. In September plans were firm for the new building. It had grown to 61,000 square feet. In October the dates for the public hearing and referendum dates were set: November 28 and December 5 respectively.
On October 17 a special meeting was held at the Liverpool Central School District’s Educational Communications Center. Officials from the Onondaga County Legislature, the Salina Town Board, the Village Board and the School Board came to hear about and respond to the plans for the new building. The local newspaper printed many letters about the expansion. Most of them were negative saying the plan “showed little restraint,” “would hurt taxpayers,” or “enough is enough.” The newspaper editorial advised its readers to “ support the referendum saying “the cost increase was reasonable for the value gained.”
December 5 came. The $8,450,453 referendum was soundly defeated. The vote was 3,764 against and 676 for. It was the second largest voter turnout in the library’s history. The previous one had been when the 1991-92 budget had been defeated.
Throughout the year the usual variety of programs were held: storytimes, Armchair Traveler, Arts Alive concerts, Poetry readings, Readers Roundtable book discussions, and the English Conversation Club. A Ukrainian Easter Egg demonstration was held in early March and a Resume workshop and college admissions seminar in April. April also had Dinosaur Day in the Children’s Room. An origami workshop for adults was held in May along with a Creative writing seminar given by Linda Loomis who wrote for the Review and was an adjunct faculty member at OCC and SUNY Oswego.
Personnel news included Barbara Moul being transferred to the Personnel Department in September and Bryan Morgan being hired as a page in December.