1991 was “The Year of the Lifetime Reader” for the library. A year long calendar of events was mailed to the residents of the Liverpool Central School District. The theme was the creation of the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. It supported the concept of literacy and reading projects that benefited all age groups. Special events included visits from the following authors: Johanna Hurwitz, Betty Greene, Hope Ryden, and Frederick Busch. There was also a poetry program given by local writer Stephen Dobyns.
Fred Lont joined the staff as a substitute reference librarian. He worked some evenings and many Sundays.
Library statistics were up again this year…reference was 21% above the previous year. The electronic patron counter tallied visits from 45,451 people.
The Optimist Club donated several fishing rods and tackle to the library. These unusual items were then made available for loan for the next ten years.
The Library acquired a color copier and staff from the Computer Department made calendars and greeting cards for patrons at reasonable prices. It proved to be a very popular service.
In May the library registered lpl.org as its domain name. Access was provided by a SLIP connection through PSA and eventually Nysernet. The electronic world provided gateways to the world, but only a limited number of staff participated at the onset. Jean Armour Polly spoke of our computing accomplishments at an American Library Association program in July.
On June 26th the library presented their $2.42 million budget to the public at the same time that the School District presented theirs. According to the Review it was a record year as more voters participated than in any other election since 1980. All of the school propositions failed and the library budget was defeated as well. The count was 2772-1733. Elected to the Board of Trustees were Larry Dunstone and incumbent Dr. James Klaiber .
At their July meeting the Board voted not to return to the voters ( as the Liverpool Central School District did) opting instead to make cuts in the various materials lines . Dr. Thomas J. Wells was elected Board president. Dorothy Morgan was appointed the official Secretary to the Board.
In July Board of Trustee member Patricia Mautino traveled to Washington D.C. to serve as one of nine hundred delegates to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
In November the library was named as a beta test site for the Library of Congress American Memory project. The collection of CD ROM and video disks consisted of text and photographs from centuries of American history. There were documents from the Continental Congress, recordings of American heroes like Pershing, Harding and Coolidge as well as photographs of the Pan American Exposition held in Buffalo in 1901 and other events. Part of the grant was a computer which offered key word searching of the collection. Liverpool Public Library was one of a dozen sites in the United States that was able to make this collection of rare items available to the public.
Once again the Board of Trustees recognized staff members for their dedication and superior work through the year. Those honored were Gina Fredericks and Vicky Kwasniewski received Merit Awards, Joe Pietricola received the Performance Award and Sue Burt received the Student Merit Award.