Library Sponsoring 2nd Annual Lego Building Contest

legocontestThe Library is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Lego Building Contest this March.  Children are invited to build creation from building blocks and bring them to the library on March 26 & 27 to be judged and displayed.  Additional rules can be found on the poster.

Library Lego Club for Children

LegoClubDo 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!

Knitting and Needlecraft Group at the Library

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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

Preschool Story Hour Winter/ Spring 2015

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 librpreschoolstoryhourary 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.

Baby Lapsit Program Returns for Winter and Spring 2015

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

This free program emphasizes adult and child interaction through short, colorful books, fingerplays, rhymes, and songs.Babylapsit2015

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.

Northwest Charitable Foundation Donates to Library Building Fund

Steve Erway, manager of the Coudersport branch of Northwest Savings Bank, delivered a check for $5,000 from the Northwest Charitable Foundation to representatives of the Coudersport Public Library last week. The Foundation, based in Warren, is a champion of community-building projects. The one-time grant will be used to help fund the construction of a new library adjacent to the current facility on Park Avenue. Erway (left) is pictured with Keturah Cappadonia, library director, and library trustees Jane Metzger, Tonya Andrus and Terri Shaffer. Library Trustees had originally planned to break ground in the spring but FEMA-mandated work on the Mill Creek levee system that runs through Mitchell Park will delay construction. The construction will be postponed until the needed work on the levee system, which will continue through the summer, is completed. A scale model of the new library (pictured) is on display at the library.

Steve Erway, manager of the Coudersport branch of Northwest Savings Bank, delivered a check for $5,000 from the Northwest Charitable Foundation to representatives of the Coudersport Public Library last week. The Foundation, based in Warren, is a champion of community-building projects. The one-time grant will be used to help fund the construction of a new library adjacent to the current facility on Park Avenue. Erway (left) is pictured with Keturah Cappadonia, library director, and library trustees Jane Metzger, Tonya Andrus and Terri Shaffer. Library Trustees had originally planned to break ground in the spring but FEMA-mandated work on the Mill Creek levee system that runs through Mitchell Park will delay construction. The construction will be postponed until the needed work on the levee system, which will continue through the summer, is completed. A scale model of the new library (pictured) is on display at the library.

Coudersport Public Library Trustees have announced that plans to break ground for construction of a new library in the spring of 2015 will need to be postponed due to the borough’s planned work on the levee system that protects Mitchell Park and the adjacent neighborhood.

 

Library Trustees heard from representatives of the Coudersport Borough Council in November that the needed work on the Mill Creek levee system through Mitchell Park will necessitate stream and levee access in the area where excavation and construction of the new library is planned adjacent to the current library. The site plan for the new library may need to be revised to accommodate setback requirements as well.

 

“When this information was initially presented, I must admit that my first reaction was disappointment that our long-anticipated construction was going to have to be postponed,” says Jane Metzger, President of the Board of Trustees. “But after having discussion with Borough Council representatives and Borough Manager Bev Morris detailing the situation, we realize that in the scheme of things, a delay really is immaterial.”

 

Borough Manager Morris details the borough’s process as follows: “The Coudersport Borough is in the process of reinforcing the levee system that runs through the Borough to meet FEMA mandated standards.  All levee systems must meet these FEMA standards or they will not be certified. If the levees are not certified by FEMA, the majority of residents and businesses will be required to obtain flood insurance.

The Borough obtained a H2O grant ($466,000) to begin this project. The levee project has been broken into five phases.  Phase one (Lower Mill Creek) is complete. Phase two (upper Mill Creek) is two-thirds complete. A Flood Mitigation Grant ($376,000) has been obtained to continue this project.  Phase three (Mitchell Park levee rising), phase four (CARP levee rising) and phase five (Mill Creek debris basin cleaning) will be bid early 2015 for construction beginning in the Spring/Summer of 2015.  These phases need to be complete before FEMA will certify the levee that protects Coudersport Borough residents.”

 

“The Library Trustees are so appreciative of the close relationship we share with the Borough Council and Borough Manager especially since the public library is located on borough property. We feel that having the library located adjacent to the park provides benefits to all,” Metzger continues. “The borough is confident that the work on the levee system is likely to be completed by the end of 2015 and with that information, we fully anticipate that the community will see its new library begin to take shape in 2016.”

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