5th Annual Library Building Fund 5K Race, Walk, and Fun Run!

The Coudersport Library will hold their 5th annual 5K Race, Walk, and Fun Run on Saturday, August 23th at 9am.  Registration and the starting line are at the Coudersport Library on Park Avenue.

All monies raised go toward a new public library building.5K_2013

Awards: 5K Run Trophies awarded to Overall 1st Place Finisher for men and women. 5K run Medals awarded to first three place finishers in each sex and age division.

Course:Our course is in town on paved streets with some rolling hills. Half mile Fun Run for kids at Mitchell Park.

Start Times: Registration day of event 8AM to 8:45AM, race starts promptly at 9AM.  Fun Run will immediately follow the 5K.

Goodies: Nice, attractive short sleeve T-shirts are guaranteed to first 75 pre-registered runners/walkers (while supplies last) and refreshments are provided at the finish line.

Entry Fee:    $15 Pre-registered / $20 Day of Race

Kids Fun Run – $5 Day of Race (open to kids 9 and under)

Download a registration form 2014_CPL_5K-2.   A map of the course is available here: Library5K_Map.  You can return it to the library via mail or in person.  Children do not need to pre-register for the Fun Run, they can register on the day of the event.  Call the library at 814-274-9382 with any questions.  Thank you for your support!



August Book Club

The next meeting of the Library’s Book Club will be held on Wednesday, August 13, at 1pm.  The club will be discussing The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Called”a brilliant exercise in intellect and imagination,” by Kirkus ReviewsThe Signature of All Things is a family saga spanning from the Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution, a time when science was coming into its own.  The New York Times calls it  “one of those rewardingly fact-packed books that make readers feel bold and smart by osmosis.”

The Book Club is open to anyone who would like to join.  To check out a copy of The Signature of All Things, simply stop by the circulation desk.

Penn State Extension Summer Science Challenge

The Potter County Office of the Penn State Cooperative Extension is once again offering their popular 4H at the Library program at the Coudersport Public Library this summer.

Join us for the 6 week Summer Science Challenge where you will get the chance to build a Power House and learn about alternative energy and sustainable living by conducting experiments and building energy-related models.

Program is free and open to all youth ages 8-16.  We will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 -11am at the Coudersport Public Library on July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6.

To register, please complete a registration form at the Library or email rwi5017@psu.edu or call 274-8540 to register.

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.

Snowman 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 www.coudersportlibrary.org.  Information about Cherry Springs State Park and its astronomy programs can be found on the web at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us.

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.”



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