Book Club will Meet on October 8

The next meeting of the Coudersport Public Library’s Book Club will take place on Wednesday, October 8, at 1:30 beastspm.  The Club will be discussing the book In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson.

Called an “enthralling work of novelistic history,” In the Garden of Beasts chronicles the story of William E. Dodd, America’s first Ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and his family, in 1933.  The book is an addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

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.

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 or visit Joe’s site at:

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.


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)


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


Library Stargazing Night at Cherry Springs State Park

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Stargazing Night

at Cherry Springs State Park

Friday, September 19 at 9pm

Weather Permitting

The event may be rescheduled due to inclement weather.


Coudersport Public Library patrons are invited to Cherry Springs State Park to enjoy the magnificent night sky and have your questions about stargazing and telescopes and other astronomical equipment answered by Environmental Education Specialist Greg Snowman. Patrons who have telescopes are invited to bring their equipment with them and receive help in setting them up and using them.

The program will last approximately 1-1 ½ hours. Cherry Springs State Park is located on top of a mountain and the weather generally tends to be on the cool side. It can also be damp. It is recommended that you wear proper clothing and foot gear. Visit the Cherry Springs State Park website for driving directions and additional information.

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

Cherry Springs State Park and the Coudersport Public Library have teamed up to develop a new Astronomy Outreach Lending Program aimed at fostering scientific literacy and stimulating an interest in astronomy.

Beginning on June 17, Cherry Springs State Park will place an Astronomy Outreach Box in the Coudersport Public Library.  The Outreach Box will be available for Coudersport Public Library patrons over the age of 18 to check out for a seven day period at no cost.

Contents of the new Astronomy Outreach Box on display at the Coudersport Public Library

The Outreach Box contains the Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope which is easy to use and pre-assembled.  The telescope has a sturdy wooden base and a relatively large optical tube which shows far more detail of the Moon and deep sky objects than most “beginners’ telescopes.

The idea for this new lending project comes from a program initiated by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society in 2008 by placing telescopes and educational materials in selected libraries in New Hampshire.

Coudersport Public Library Director Keturah Cappadonia read about the unique program telescope lending program available at New Hampshire libraries and was eager to develop a similar program locally.  “Knowing we have one of the best places on the east coast for star gazing here in Potter County, I thought this might be an ideal way for the library to partner with Cherry Springs State Park in an effort to promote public awareness about the enjoyment that astronomy can create for people of all ages.”

After being contacted by Cappadonia, Cherry Springs Environmental Educator Greg Snowman assembled the Astronomy Outreach Box for the Coudersport Public Library using materials the Park had on hand.  In addition to a telescope, the Astronomy Outreach Box contains eyepieces, lens, moon filters, flashlight, Celestron personal Planetarium, binoculars, a planisphere, moon map, astronomy books, and an outreach guide compiled by Snowman.

telescopeboxSnowman commented, “Cherry Springs State Park is happy to be a partner in this program and assist in the mission of the public library system in providing materials to those individuals who otherwise may not have access.”  For those who check out the Astronomy Outreach Box and catch the stargazing bug, Cherry Springs State Park offers free weekly astronomy programs.

Cappadonia is confident the Astronomy Outreach Box will be popular with many library patrons.  “This has a really broad appeal for both educational and enjoyment purposes so I can see people of all ages wanting to use these materials.  Homeschooling families, hobby-seeking adults, high school students– all of these people could really enjoy what the Astronomy Outreach Box has to offer.”    

The Astronomy Outreach Box will be available for check-out at the Coudersport Public Library beginning on June 17.  There will be a waiting list available as well.  Patrons will be asked to read and sign a Borrowing Agreement before they can check out the Astronomy Outreach Box.  For more information, please contact the library at (814)274-9382.  Additional information about the library can be found on the web at  Information about Cherry Springs State Park and its astronomy programs can be found on the web at

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