Welcome to Liverpool Public Library
1978 Library HistoryProgramming continued to be a major service offered to the community. From February to May six story hours were offered each week. The Volunteer Center began a free information and referral service at the library from ten a.m. until five p.m. every Monday. Jasper T. (Toby) Crawford, Jr. presented a slide-tape show of his photographs of early Liverpool. Included in his presentation were pictures of the amusement park on Onondaga Lake, willow basket making and the salt flats.
In conjunction with the locally owned Liverpool Bookseller the Library sponsored a program by local cardiologist and author Dr. David Nash in mid -June.
In April the Central New York Community Foundation awarded $4000 to the library towards the purchase of a bookmobile. In an article for the Liverpool Salina Review Director Fay Golden explained the need to reach people in the housing and apartment complexes in the area and to the senior citizens in Clay. Funding for the bookmobile was included in the upcoming1978-79 budget.
On April 28 the library held a reception in honor of the new Art Rental Gallery. Local artists would hang their works on display in the library and patrons could either buy them or rent them by the month ( with rental fees applying to eventual purchase if desired).
On May 22 the juvenile department received two large stuffed toys from the Liverpool Police Benevolent Association. One was a large brown bear and the other was an unusual looking creature named Bigfoot. In the eighties the brown bear lived atop the card catalog and visiting children would touch its nose for good luck!
June 7 there was a staff luncheon at LeMoyne Manor honoring Lisa Wengerath who was marrying Michael Murphy.
On June 14 the annual budget vote was held. For the first time in its history the Library’s budget was defeated. 1132 voted in favor and 1286 were opposed. The school budget was also defeated 1309 to 1125. It was their first defeat in five years. Propositions for locker room improvements, school buses and an athletic field were also defeated. Budgets everywhere in the nation were defeated in the wake of Proposition 13 in California. Clearly the mood was somber.
Bruce Johnson, who had been elected to the LCSD Board, resigned from the LPL Board and Judy Greene was appointed to take his place, with Hilda Watrous designated as the alternate. Trustees voted to have Patricia Swanson continue as Board President. Larry Dunstone, newly elected trustee, was asked to serve as the vice president.
The budget was trimmed ten percent ( down to $430,000 from $470, 000) and resubmitted to the voters in a referendum on July 27. The proposition was defeated even more soundly the second time with 1297 in favor and 1995 opposed. As a result the library closed on Saturdays for the rest of the summer. The last budget figure approved by the voters became the operating budget for 1978-79. It was $353,000.
In September 7 it was announced at a staff meeting that we had to cut out the security positions due to the May budget defeat. Also, fines on books were to be raised on October 1 from two to five cents per day with the maximum fine being raised from one dollar to two dollars.
October 30 marked Ray Mincolla’s last day as security person at the library. He was rehired shortly afterwards and remained on the library staff until August 1982.
In November custodian Frank Burgess completed construction of a book drop in the garage in the area by the elevator. Now patrons would be able to drive through the garage to return their items.
In November we ceased ordering books via OCPL and instead began to order directly from the Baker and Taylor Company.