Coudersport Public Library Trustees are growing closer to breaking ground for a new, modern facility with the acquisition of the locally-harvested timbers that will become the central post and beam section of the new building.
It was a chilly day in February when this crew assembled near Seven Bridges to check out a mature stand of larch (Larix laricina) owned by Forest Investment Associates. Goal was to find trees that would make large and long post-and-beam timbers for the new Coudersport Public Library Building. The trees had to be cut and hauled out before spring thaw so they could be milled, dried and prepared for fitting in time for the proposed start of construction in the spring of 2015. Shown from left to right are Ben Mehl from Alpen Haus Crafters of Clara, Durran Knapp of Odin Wood Products, Arthur Metzger on behalf of the library and David Andrus of Generations Forestry. Other large timbers will be coming from a 100 year old stand of larch owned by Albie and Michelle Gledhill at Austin. -Photo by Steven Mehl
Library Trustee Brian Wahlers puts it this way: “We have been talking and discussing a new library in Coudersport for over 20 years and now we’ve cut down these trees!”
“We are fully aware that our community has been hearing about a new library for many years and our building fund account has been growing thanks to the generosity and support of the community. But in order to bring this project to completion, we need to step up the pace of fund raising, and for that we need our community,” says Michael Wetzel, who is Treasurer of the Library Trustees.
“Our most pressing need at this time is a dedicated group of folks to assist us in planning a fund raising campaign. We are fully confident that, with a well-executed fund raising campaign, our goal of putting up this building in the spring of 2015 will be realized,” says Jane Metzger, Library Board President.
The Library Trustees are hosting an open meeting at the library on Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. inviting any interested people to come and learn more. “We’re planning to unveil the architect’s plans and also display a model of the new building, constructed by local resident Christalyn Snyder, a recent graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology,” Metzger says.
Library Trustees will be on hand as well as Arthur Metzger, who is volunteering his time as a building project manager.
Part of the big timber to be used in construction of a post-and-beam segment of the new Coudersport Public Library is shown at Silver Brook Lumber in Roulette. The larch trees for these large timbers (some 30-feet long) were growing on a hillside near Camp Moxie near Seven Bridges earlier this year. They were hauled to an Amish mill at Black Rock, NY that could cut big logs. Their next stop will be at Elliot Lumber in Roulette. Kiln drying will take place there before the timber heads over Clara Hill to the shop of Alpen Haus Crafters. At Alpen Haus they will be cut to fit before heading to the construction site on Park Avenue in Coudersport.
Other library trustees include Tonya Andrus, Krista Batterson, Billie Haskins and Terri Shaffer. The Coudersport Public Library is located a 502 Park Avenue and serves the Coudersport School District.
Library Director Keturah Cappadonia has been at the helm since 2009. Library assisants include Ellie Daisley and Nancy Trimbur, along with Laurie Shear who fills in when needed. The Library opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. During the week, 8:00 p.m. is the closing time with early closing at 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Batterson speaks for the Board when she says “Our public library is an invaluable resource. I once heard it described as the living room of the community, bringing people and ideas together. That is how I feel each time I enter the Coudersport Library. People are reading, studying, teaching, playing games, attending meetings, putting together puzzles, and researching or communicating on the computer. I also view the library as a way for all people to have access to information regardless of their ages or economic status. It is a way for a community to share resources. Access to information, whether in print or digital format is a right for all people. Our library is in need of an update. Let’s
Brian Buchsen, right, of Silver Brook Lumber is shown with Arthur Metzger, volunteer project coordinator. Buchsen donated the use of the space which was formerly the site of Close’s Lumber. (Photos by Jane and Arthur Metzger)
invest in our community by investing in our library.”