Nancy Duffy, local television personality, displayed her “Eagle Faces” collection of charcoal-chalk drawings and spoke at an evening reception. Valerie Bell, director of Ste. Marie Among the Iroquois, gave a slide presentation of the Woolcott collection—a group of turn of the century photographs of the Onondaga Nation taken by local photographer Fred Woolcott.
A Health Fair was held in the Carman Community Room on Sunday January 14. Representatives from various health related agencies and groups were on hand to answer patron’s questions on such topics as yoga, body mass measurement, smoking cessation, sleep therapy and others.
Other program offerings included small class instruction on the Internet and em-mail, After Dinner Books, Arts Alive Concert Series, Armchair Traveler video series, storytimes for children and the Wednesday Winners guest lecture series.
Dorothy Morgan, Business Manager, was recognized as Library Journal’s Paraprofessional of the Year. A Library Journal photographer visited her at the library to take several pictures and she was featured on the March cover of the magazine. A reception was held at the library on March 22 to honor her achievement.
A Community Leaders’ Coffee Hour was held on April 5. Once again leaders from local businesses, schools agencies and churches were invited and honored. This year featured the presentation of special Young Community Leaders Awards co-sponsored by Rotary and the Library. The award recognized individuals or groups of individuals between the ages of 5 and 12 who had involved themselves in making changes for the betterment of the Liverpool community.
The Board reviewed five proposals from architectural firms who expressed interest in out building and renovation plans. After meeting with each of the firms, the Board selected Clough Harbour Associates.
On April 24 the library budget of $3,064,908 was approved 254 to 89. George Alessio, Jr. and Larry Dunstone were reelected to five year terms on the Board. They ran unopposed.
Dan D’Agostino resigned from the Board in May because he was no longer residing in the area. Richard Berryhill was appointed to fill the vacancy in July.
In late spring Project Links began. It was a New York State Library funded grant enabling middle school students to create a community web page for the greater Liverpool area. Under the guidance of technical adviser Tom O’Neil children met at the library and created web pages using Adobe Go Live. They used Apple iBooks owned by the library.
Spring programs included craft days and a chocolate festival for kids and an antiques appraisal session for adults. Reading clubs were offered for both children and adults.
In the area of Technology the iBook use flourished for special programs and staff use while the adults lined up to use the fourteen public access computers to surf the Internet and check their email. The seven computers in the children’s room were also busy. In the lab users could use the new equipment to scan film negatives or 35mm slides and save to their disk or make prints at a nominal charge. Scanning services continued to be offered as well. A Techtronix Phaser 780 printer offered high quality color printouts at reasonable prices.
Wireless access came to LPL with the addition of a Cisco Access Point enabling laptop computer users to access LPL databases and do research on their topics right in the library providing they had the appropriate card in their computer. Many Liverpool High School students—and other adults--- took advantage of this feature.