Record albums and books lined the floor of the Children’s room as it was the only area unaffected by the construction. There was scarcely room to walk!
Plastic sheets were hung from the ceiling to block entrances to the library and to form walls until the real wall was built. Windows of the existing building were removed and then reinstalled in the new wall. Despite the signs and obvious appearance of the building the public continued to try to enter to return items or use the photocopier.
On February 3, 1986 the library reopened to the public.
On March 19 and April 3 tours were held for the public. Among the sights were an expanded children’s room with a separate area that housed picture books for the very young, a separate computer lab funded by a New York State grant of $25,000 obtained through the efforts of Assemblyman Michael Bragman, a new meeting room, a periodicals storage area and, best of all, more space for patrons!
A new telephone system was put into place and John Ryan was hired as the first Information Aide. His desk was across from the main entrance to the library. He greeted patrons as they entered and answered the hundreds of daily telephone calls.
Library expansion meant greater financial need and the proposed budget exceeded one million dollars for the first time in the library’s history. On May 7 the voters approved an amount of $1,200,476 for the 1986-87 budget year. 1086 votes were in favor of the budget; 859 were opposed.
The newly expanded library required more staff and many new people were signed on. Jeanne Biggins began as the Fiction librarian. Judy Sibio became a full time clerk in July. Susan Smith started as the first Outreach Librarian and she initiated the Books by Delivery service. Sue selected and delivered books to homebound patrons residing in the Liverpool Central School District. Chester Macklin was hired as a full time Audio Visual librarian. Barbara Wood joined the staff as the second Information Aide in May. Other changes were the return of Vicky Gaworecki from maternity leave, the resignation of Betty Matiskella (Pamphlet File librarian) whose husband had been transferred to Connecticut and a maternity leave granted to Jean Polly. Regina Fredericks joined the staff as the Pamphlet File Librarian in August.
On June 14th ( Flag Day) the library entered a float in the Liverpool community sponsored parade. Fay Golden dressed up as Wilbur the Pig from “Charlotte’s Web.” Yvette Hewitt portrayed Mother Goose. Merritt Lennox was the Cat in the Hat. Several children staff members were the children of the Old Lady in the Shoe. Other staff members walked in a group as characters from Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.. Dorothy Morgan dressed up as the young Dorothy, Renee Romance as the Wicked Witch, Joe Slater, and Ed Mack portrayed the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Wizard.
The Fifteenth Annual Art in the Park was held on June 28 and 29 in Washington Park.
July 7 through August 1 marked the return of the Summerbus! program. In addition to book selection children were able to participate in creative craft projects, view films, and hear a presentation by someone from the Discovery Center.
In September the Friends of the Library purchased a rocking chair for use in the Children’s area.
According to the September monthly report of Susan Mills, Head of the AV Department, twenty one compact disks were purchased and put on display. They began to circulate among library patrons the week of October 6. The CD cases were displayed in special hanging bags while the actual compact disk was held in a metal cabinet behind the AV Circulation desk. The loan period was seven days.
In October a change occurred in the reservation policy. Previously adults had been charged the price of the postage paid ( fifteen cents) to notify them that their reserve was in. Students were not charged at all and they were notified by telephone. It was decided to offer free reservations to all. With notifications reaching one thousand per month it was decided to use post card notification for all so that staff could spend their time assisting patrons here.
In October Laurel Sharp signed on as a librarian.
We received a grant from New York State to purchase System 80 equipment and materials. It was used to tutor people who were learning English as a Second Language and as a remedial reading tutorial with children. Elaine (Heller) Goldberg authored the grant.
In October the Board received a letter from F. Robert Kolch, School District Clerk, stating that absentee ballots could be used in future library budget and trustee elections.
November marked the publication of her first book “The Essential Guide to Apple Computers in Libraries “ by Assistant Director Jean Armour Polly.
November 19th marked the first session of the “Four Star Book Revue” a series planned by Fiction librarian, Jeanne Biggins. Linda Loomis, reporter from the Liverpool Salina Review, discussed the Anne Sperber biography on Edward R. Murrow.
In December the first Macintosh computers and laser printer arrived at LPL.
No Merit Awards were given in 1986 ( for the year 1985) due to the lengthy construction project.