Rachel Bell will present an interactive early childhood music program for young ones ages 0-4 on Monday, April 27, at 10:30 am. Children and adult caregivers will be encouraged to sing, dance, clap, and feel the beat during this fun and educational program which will last about 45 minutes. The program is free, but space is limited so please call the library at 274-9382 to reserve a space.
Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Coudersport Public Library on Monday, May 11, at 6 pm. The program is co-sponsored by the Lumber Heritage Region. The presentation includes telling stories, singing original songs, showing a video clip from his PBS film and reading excerpts from his novel. Jamerson has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at CCC built national and state parks. The program is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It’s about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of strength, wit and charm.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created in 1933 by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression. During its nine year run, 194,000 thousand men between the ages of 17-25 served in Pennsylvania. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month. The money often put food on the table for the families. There was an average of 74 camps in operation each year in the state. Company 380 opened up May 3, 1933 10 miles south of Coudersport. The C’s went into town on the weekends and the money they spent help keep merchants in business.
The CCC enrollees planted millions of trees in the Allegheny National Forest and state forests, constructed thousands of miles of roads, built hundreds of bridges and dams, stocked fish, repaired riverbanks, fought forest fires and built over 20 state parks including Blue Knob, Hickory Run, French Creek, Laurel Hill and Raccoon Creek. They were also involved in historic restoration projects at Fort Necessity, Gettysburg and other sites. The camps not only revitalized the state’s natural resources but also turned the young enrollees into men by teaching them discipline and work skills. Thousands of homeless, destitute, and at-risk youth from Philadelphia joined the CCC and as a result the city saw significant reductions in juvenile crimes.
Jamerson’s book, BIG SHOULDERS is a historical novel that follows a year in the life of a seventeen-year-old youth from Detroit who enlisted in the CCC in 1937. He joins two hundred other young men at a work camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is a coming-of-age story of an angry teenager who faces the rigors of hard work, learning to cope with a difficult sergeant and fending off a bully.
Some of the songs Jamerson performs with his guitar include Franklin D., written by an appreciative CCC Boy. Chowtime, a fun look at the camp food. City Slicker, which tells of the mischief the boys create in the woods and Wood Tick is about the nicknames locals gave to the enrollees. Tree Plantin’, Fire Fightin’ Blues is about the hardships of work out in the woods. The folk songs range from heartwarming ballads to foot stomping jigs.
Along with a novel and CD of songs on the CCC, Jamerson produced a PBS film, Camp Forgotten, which aired on 58 TV stations. Former CCC’ers and their families are encouraged to attend and bring photo albums and CCC memorabilia. For more information please call the library at 274-9382 or visit Jamerson’s website at: wwwbilljamerson.com. Further information on the CCC can be found on the internet at www.ccclegacy.org.
Results from the 2nd Annual Coudersport Public Library Lego Building Contest have been announced. We received seventeen wonderful entries this year! Placing first in the Age 3 and under category was Ezra Morley. Placing first in the Age 4-5 category was Carter Gill. In the Age 6 category, Eli Small won first place, Ellie Greene won second place, and Anneliese Morley won third place. Owen Gill won first place in the Age 7 category. There was a tie for first place in the Age 8 category between Luke Greene and Ty Small. Savannah Gill won second place in the Age 8 category. First place in the Age 9 category went to Gideon Morley and second place went to Kevin Sherry. Xander Brown won first place in the Age 10 category, Calla Small won second place, and Morgan Rapp won third place. And in the Age 11 category, Evan McKeone won first place, Scott B. Robinson won second place, and Silas Morley won third place.
Thank you to all who entered!
Do you know a child who loves building with Legos? Beginning in February, the library will sponsor a monthly Lego Building Club on the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm. The library will provide the building bricks, children need to bring only their creativity!
Promoting play contributes to early literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity, and language and vocabulary skills. It also lays the foundation for logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving.
The library is happy to accept donations of Legos from the public to help ‘build’ our club if you have any that are not being used!
Do you like to knit, crochet, embroider, or hand quilt? Would you like to work on your projects with like-minded enthusiasts, exchange tips, ask questions, and have a fun time? Please come to the new Knitting, Crochet, and Needlework Group meeting at the Coudersport Public Library! The schedule of meetings can be found in the flier
Our Preschool Story Hour program will return on February 3 and run through May 12. 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. Please call the Library at (814)274-9382 with questions.
Our Books and Babies Lapsit Program returns this Winter on Wednesday mornings at 10am.
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.