Library History

n January the village of Liverpool initiated the celebration of its 150th birthday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the library by former mayor Oliver Masters. A Businessman’s seminar was held at the end of the month . The Liverpool Lions Club donated three magnifying devices for the new Mark Loveless branch.

At the January Board meeting a motion was passed unanimously to install paper, pen and pencil dispensers in the library. It would be convenient for patrons and add revenue for the library as well.

The library also sponsored a “drop-in” site at the United Church of Christ at Bayberry. Selections were available for “all adults of retirement age” according to the Liverpool Salina Review. Librarian Barbara Herrgesell was named to supervise the depository.

In March the Board heard a report from consultant William Scarborough of The Energy Center on possible expansion of the current facility. He proposed a two level modular structure -to be built off site- that would hold shelving and tables and chairs. The installation would involve elevating the present ceiling by three feet. The Board opted not to do it even though the library was beginning to feel crowded.

On April 28, 1980 the Liverpool Public Library Needleworkers group was formed. It met from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Monday at the library. Beginning and intermediate needleworkers were invited to “ exchange information” while they worked on their individual projects which ranged from knitting and crocheting to macrame and beading.

Volunteers began to hold a free Hypertension Clinic under the auspices of the American Red Cross at the library every first and third Tuesday of the month.

A coupon exchange took place once a month. Patrons were invited to trade or exchange their grocery coupons, qualifiers and refunders. A box containing subject labeled folders for coupons was kept in the library and patrons were invited to participate at their leisure. The library even had a collection of catalogs available for loan. The collection included retailers like Sears and Spiegels, gardening companies, pet supplies and clothing stores.

A popular activity that year was the playing of “New Games.” Librarian Jean Armour attended a workshop and brought the idea back to Liverpool. The non-competitive games were offered to students at Morgan Road and other local schools by Jean and fellow librarian James Shults.

Early in the year the library received a grant from New York State which provided funds to microfilm their back issues of the local newspaper, the Liverpool Salina Review, and to purchase a microfilm reader as well. Local Liverpudlian Virginia Peta donated a few newspapers from 1875 and 1876 and these were filmed as well.

Sometime during 1980 - the sesquicentennial year of Liverpool - the Liverpool Community Chorus began. The all volunteer group of one hundred was directed by local businessman Phil Lambrinos and met at the library every Tuesday evening.

Alas, budget problems resurfaced. The current budget amount for the library was $441,000 and the proposed amount for 1980-81 was $526,000. A second proposition asked for $161,866 to erect a Porta Boutique branch at the Seneca Mall.