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Library History

Programs throughout the year included poetry workshops, Sunday afternoon Arts Alive concerts, Friday night mystery movies, Storytime Science for children, a children’s reading club, the Armchair Traveler, storytimes for toddlers and preschool children, and Mystery Readers Anonymous discussion group ( led by Director Fay Golden in her office on Sunday afternoons).

Joyce Mills joined the staff on February 24th as a video production assistant to Rick Fensterer.

Since the previous year’s budget had been defeated two to one, the Board opted to present the budget on a day separate from that of the school district’s budget. On April 8 the Board of Trustees presented a “tight” $2, 270, 500 operating budget to the voters with no tax increase. It passed 572-228.

In June LPL participated in the first statewide Summer Reading Program. The end of the month marked the retirement of Head of Circulation Services, Dolores Turcotte who had been employed at the library since November 1965. Known for her skill in handling student pages as well as the public, Dolores also had been the subject a library produced video demonstrating her pie making ability.

At the July meeting of the Board Dr. Thomas J. Wells was reelected president and Sharon Fulmer vice president. A motion was made and approved to name the Small Meeting Room in memory of D. Kenneth Sargent. The Board also voted in favor of acquiring additional off site storage space for one year. Personnel changes included Dorothy Morgan becoming the Business Manager and Yvette Hewitt becoming the Director’s Secretary.

July was the month of another Art in the Park which was held again in the Willow Bay area and an exhibit in the library lobby which proved controversial. Paintings done by employees of the Liverpool Central School District were on exhibit and one was a nude woman. There were a few complaints which brought the media to the library, but artistic freedom prevailed and the painting remained in the exhibit throughout the summer. Most patrons when questioned by the media said they had not even noticed the painting!

In August the local Optimist Club donated a second TDD ( Telecommunications Device fort the Deaf) to the library. Now the library had one available to loan to patrons as well as one in place at the Reference Desk.

We began to offer public access to the Internet, but only if you made an appointment and worked with an Internet facilitator in the Computer Lab.

On September 24 an Award Ceremony was held at the library to honor the staff. Board President Dr. Thomas J. Wells presented Merit Awards to Jeanne Biggins and Rita Mewing, a Performance Award to Zita Kecskes and the Student Merit Award to Nick Bufano.

In October came the resignation of Assistant Director Jean Armour Polly. According to Board minutes her office chair was declared “surplus, and present [ed] to her as payment in full for the hundreds of overtime hours she ha[d] worked for the library.”

“Cornucopia,” an arts and crafts show resembling a mini Art in the Park, was held at the library in time for people to buy their Christmas gifts.