Books Unlimited Gala to be held Tuesday, Nov. 11

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the directors of the Coudersport Public Library will host the twenty-ninth annual Books Unlimited charity fundraiser in the Coudersport Consistory ballrooms. This is the main fundraiser that we use to support the day-to-day operations and services that our library provides for our community.

Reverend Evon Lloyd is pictured donating her beautiful original painting done in acrylics, "Lake Erie Sunset," to Librarian Keturah Cappadonia.

Reverend Evon Lloyd is pictured donating her beautiful original painting done in acrylics, “Lake Erie Sunset,” to Librarian Keturah Cappadonia.

The evening will start off with browsing, socializing, and cocktails. It will continue with heavy hors d’oeuvres and delicious desserts, intermingled with our usual door prizes and fund raising events of auctions and raffles. Tickets for the Gala cost $30 and are available from members of the Library Board, Friends, or at the Library. We are very confident that the evening will be as enjoyable as it has been in the past.

We are looking for items of high quality that we may offer for auction, raffles, and/or door prizes. These may be gift certificates, arts and crafts, antiques, or any usable modern merchandise. Of course, monetary donations are also greatly appreciated, no matter the amount. If you wish, you may leave items at the Library or you may call the Library at 274-9382 to arrange for pickup. We need to have all donations in by Friday, Oct. 31, so they can be listed in our program booklet.

 

We thank everyone in advance for theiBooks Unlimited Dinner Poster_2014r support of our local library.

 

 

Book Club will Meet on November 12

The next meeting of the Coudersport Public Library’s Book Club will take place on Wednesday, November 12, at 1:30 pm.  The Club will be discussing the book Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran.watermark

Watermark is an atmospheric and compelling novel about the search for identity, the power of self-expression, and value of the written word, set during the dark days of the Inquisition in Medieval France.

All are welcome to join us for our monthly book club. There is no cost to join the book club. Books are provided at no cost by the Potter-Tioga Library System. You can ask for a copy of the book at the circulation desk.

Class of 1974 Donate to Library Building Fund

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Dennis Goodenough and Terri Shaffer present an envelope with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the CAHS Class of 1974 to Coudersport Library Board members Jane Metzger and Billie Haskins in front of a model for the new timber frame construction library building.

Members of the Coudersport Area High School class of 1974 gathered for their 40th graduation reunion on September 13 and chose to celebrate by making a collective donation to the Coudersport Public Library Building Fund.  These moneys will be used to help fund the planned construction of a new library building scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015.

Terri (Booth) Shaffer, a classmate and Library Trustee, brought a table-top model of the future building and explained the how the new building will function.  She also shared information on some of the programs the Library provides to the community, particularly free internet access to families who may not be able to afford in-home service.  The Library provides a lending collection including books, reference materials, periodicals, recorded books, DVDs and more to the community free of charge. Programming at the library includes story hour and other programs for children, book club, programs for adults, and public space for open dialogue on critical issues.

“We so appreciate the generous support of the Class of 1974 as we begin a capital campaign to help make our dream of a new library a reality that will benefit our community for years to come,” says Jane Metzger, Library Board President.

Coudersport Public Library Trustees have embarked on a unique plan to use local resources to build a new structure adjacent to the current library building. A capital campaign committee is being organized with Georgianna Leete, Anne Acker and Linda Lane volunteering to serve as co-chairpersons to work to raise the funds needed to complete the project.

 

Presentation by US Rt. 6 Walker at Coudersport Library on Oct. 23

9-10 rt6Do you remember the man who walked across Route 6 from Cape Cod to Long Beach, California a few years ago? He spent almost a month here in Pennsylvania. Well, he is coming back…and we’re pleased to welcome him to the Coudersport Public Library on Thursday, October 23, at 6:30 pm. 
Joe Hurley, author of ““Ten Million Steps on Route 6: A Fresh Look at America and Americans From Cape Cod to California”, will be presenting at quite a few libraries across PA Route 6 in mid – to – late October.

Joe is a retired newspaper reporter who spent most of his career at The News-Times in Danbury Conn., where, among other things, he wrote the consumer-humor column “Shallow Pockets”. He lives in New Milford, with his wife Pat. Same house, same wife, same out-of-control forsythia bushes for more than 30 years.

In 1999, Joe came to the startling realization that he knew almost nothing about the other side of the state, even though Connecticut is small enough to fit in the back pocket of Colorado or Nebraska. That year, photographer David Harple and Joe walked across Connecticut on Route 6 to give News-Times readers, and themselves, a better picture of their home state.

Later, Joe noticed that Route 6 stretched all the way to California – it was one of the nation’s few coast-to-coast highways and remains the longest continuous highway in the country. After retiring, Joe walked that 3,600-mile road while photographer Travis Lindhorst traveled along in the comfort of a car.

Their stories and pictures ran weekly in a dozen newspapers across the country. Now they’ve published a book about the adventure: Ten Million Steps on Route 6: A Fresh Look at America and Americans From Cape Cod to California.

Joe gives an inside look at the walk and the book in a program called “Behind the Scenes of Ten Million Steps.” It’s virtual trip across Route 6, with Joe leading the way and visitors following along with copies of the book in their hands. (Joe loans them for the journey.)

“Seeing the stories and pictures gives people a real sense of being there,” Joe said. But he added that the best part is taking the trip with a group of people. “It’s different every time because the people determine where we go by their questions and comments. I have an agenda, but it almost never goes the way I planned – and that’s what makes it fun.”

When he’s not doing the program Joe is pretty much a homebody, writing occasional magazine stories, attempting to play basketball with other old guys, and promising Pat he’ll get after those forsythia bushes someday.

Joe is also hoping to participate in some of PA Route 6’s craft fairs, markets and fall festivals on the weekends during his tour. Interested venues may contact Joe directly at japhurley@hotmail.com or visit Joe’s site at: www.Route6walk.com.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an exciting evening with Joe!  Please contact the library at (814)274-9382 with any questions.

Baby Lapsit Program Returns for Autumn 2014

Our Books and Babies Lapsit Program returns this Autumn on Wednesday mornings at 10am. lapsit_aut_2014

This free program emphasizes adult and child interaction through short, colorful books, fingerplays, rhymes, and songs.

There will be time following the program for adults and babies to make new friends and engage in creative play.

The program is designed for babies ages 0-2 years and their caregivers

No registration is required.  Contact the library at (814)274-9382 with questions.

Coudersport Library 5th Annual Building Fund 5K Results

The Coudersport Public Library held its 5th annual 5K Race, Walk, and Kids Fun Run to benefit the library building fund on Saturday, August 23, 2014. This year’s event drew its largest crowd to date, with 86 people participating in the 5K event.

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First Overall Finisher Gabe Trimbur approaches the finish line on Park Avenue. (Photo by Bill Trimbur)

Finishing first overall was seventeen-year-old Gabe Trimbur of Coudersport, with a time of 17:46. Finishing first among women was Debbie Morgan, age 48, of Ulysses, with a time of 23:41.

Other top finishers include: Males: Ages 10 and Under: 1st Brady Streich, 2nd Reilly Streich, 3rd Kevin Sherry; Ages 11-14, 1st Brynen Kisiel, 2nd Owen Chambers, 3rd Ethan Kisiel; Ages 15-19, 1st Eli Trimbur, 2nd Duane Gunn; Ages 20-29, 1st Justin Hoven, 2nd Chad Rugh; Ages 30-39, 1st John Sherry, 2nd Rich Neefe, 3rd Brian McCorkle; Ages 40-49, 1st Sean Conklin, 2nd Sean Batterson, 3rd Thomas M. Kisiel; Ages 50-59, 1st Bill Daly; Ages 60 and Over, 1st Tom Gooch, 2nd Roger Deller, 3rd John Wallace. Top finishers for females include: Ages 10 and Under: 1st Haila Cracknell, 2nd Marah Fowler, 3rd Ella Wahlers; Ages 11-14: 1st Tianna Bowser, 2nd Sarah Chambers, 3rd Aly Bliss; Ages 15-19: 1st Katie Bertrand; Ages 20-29: 1st Charlie Tuttle, 2nd Amie Tingley, 3rd Allison Hogan; Ages 30-39: 1st Jessica Rohrer, 2nd Gail Bowser, 3rd Shaylene Small; Ages 40-49: 1st Daphne McNamara, 2nd Kathy Tuttle, 3rd Jill Conklin; Ages 50-59: 1st Colleen DeBoer, 2nd Julie Burlison, 3rd Janice Wilcox;

Ages 60 and Over: 1st Karen Greenawalt, 2nd Lydia Storey, 3rd Betty

Runners take position at the starting line.

Runners take position at the starting line. (Photo by Bill Trimbur)

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A complete list of finish times can be found here:  5th Annual CPL 5K Results By Time

 

Preschool Story Hour Autumn 2014

Our Preschool Story Hour program will return on September 16 and run through December 16.  This free weekly program meets on Tuesday mornings at 10am at the library and lasts approximately 30-45 minutes with songs, stories, and crafts.  Children ages 3-5 and caregivers are invited to attend this fun and educational program.  Registration is not required for this drop-in program.  A schedule of themes can be found below.  Please call the Library at (814)274-938storytime2 with questions.

Tuesdays at 10am

September 16: Pirates

September 23: Farm Animals

September 30: Monkey Business

October 7: Falling Leaves

October 14: Owls

October 21: Pumpkins and Apples

October 28: Halloween Tales

November 4: No Story Hour- Election Day

November 11: Construction Junction

November 18: Turkey Time

November 25: Thanksgiving Tales

December 2: Counting Cookies

December 9: Snowy Snowmen

December 16: A Visit with Santa

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