• 275 Main St Owego, NY 13827
  • Phone: (607) 687-3520
  • Email: director@coburnfreelibrary.org
  • Hours: MWF 10a-5p, T/Th 2p-7p, Saturday 1p-4p
  • (Closed on Saturdays in July and August)

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Welcome to the Coburn Free Library!  Drop by to see us at 275 Main Street to browse, read the local paper, or consult with our friendly staff for research help or a good book recommendation.  We have a copier, printer, public computers, Wi-Fi, fax, and online resources to help with job searches, homework, family trees, and more!

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The Coburn Free Library will be closed today.  Snuggle in to finish your book and come get a new one tomorrow.  ❤️ 📚Storytime will be cancelled today and 2/1 (Mrs. G has meetings that morning.)  We will resume storytime on Feb 8th with the Letter M.  Magnificent!
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Radio has brought us friendly voices we love and trust over the years. They entertain us. They inform us. This evening meet one of those local voices at 5:30pm. Registration is appreciated but not required. https://coburnfreelibrary.org/event/…

1/24 at 5:30pm Jeff Kellam will present on his career in radio. You won't want to miss it!
2023 marks Jeff Kellam's 60th year in radio, and he's marking the occasion of that anniversary by reflecting on how broadcast radio has changed over those six decades.
Jeff grew up listening to stations in his native Endicott and nearby Binghamton. At Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., he found the campus radio station to be his primary extracurricular activity. That was 1963. Jeff was majoring in Religion and Philosophy, on his way to a seminary education to prepare for the ministry. While the pastorate was his early intention, the comedian and satirist Stan Freberg changed Jeff's path. Choosing a seminary with a radio station proved to validate his call to a media-oriented ministry.
Before seminary studies had led to his graduate degree, Jeff started an experimental Sunday night rock show on Richmond, Virginia's number one rock station. That "experiment" led to national syndication, and a 20 year run for "Celebration Rock." Among the stations carrying his weekly program was WAAL (The Whale) in Binghamton. Jeff played the hits, interviewed musicians, and produced thematic audio experiences for his audience of youth and young adults. (Want to hear about interviewing members of Lynyrd Skynyrd at 3 a.m.?)
Now, as 2023 dawns, Jeff co-hosts "Encounter" on WNBF radio and WBNG-TV, and shares a podcast called "The Spirit of Jazz" with Owego native the Rev. Bill Carter. As part of his presentation for the Coburn Academy, Jeff will share some audio clips, open the floor for participants' own radio memories, and mourn the passing of creative radio.
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The Rev. Jeff Kellam is a retired Presbyterian minister living in a unique retirement community along Ivory Foster Road in Owego. He was ordained at his home church in Endicott (Union Presbyterian) as "Minister of Electronic Media" and produced radio and television programs through much of his career. While serving as Director of the Video Education Center at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. he taught a creative high school student how to edit videotape. The kid's name was Vince Gilligan, and he became the creative force behind "Breaking Bad," and "Better Call Saul." (Jeff takes neither credit nor blame for that.) Of note, Rev. Kellam has been married to his college girlfriend Joan for 55 years.
Rev. Kellam has served pastorates in Richmond, in Craftsbury, VT, and in Trumansburg, NY before retiring to Owego. In retirement he creates videos for Bill Carter's Presbybop Jazz Quintet, as well as for the Broome County Council of Churches. From listening the Green Hornet as a kid to currently hosting "Encounter" on WNBF and WBNG-TV, Jeff is a firm believer in broadcasting's potential to entertain, inform, and even inspire.
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Radio has brought us friendly voices we love and trust over the years.  They entertain us.  They inform us.  This evening meet one of those local voices at 5:30pm.  Registration is appreciated but not required.  https://coburnfreelibrary.org/event/coburn-academy-love-learning-learn-local-2022-12-13/2023-01-24/ 

1/24 at 5:30pm Jeff Kellam will present on his career in radio.  You wont want to miss it!
2023 marks Jeff Kellams 60th year in radio, and hes marking the occasion of that anniversary by reflecting on how broadcast radio has changed over those six decades.
Jeff grew up listening to stations in his native Endicott and nearby Binghamton. At Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., he found the campus radio station to be his primary extracurricular activity. That was 1963. Jeff was majoring in Religion and Philosophy, on his way to a seminary education to prepare for the ministry. While the pastorate was his early intention, the comedian and satirist Stan Freberg changed Jeffs path. Choosing a seminary with a radio station proved to validate his call to a media-oriented ministry.
Before seminary studies had led to his graduate degree, Jeff  started an experimental Sunday night rock show on Richmond, Virginias number one rock station. That experiment led to national syndication, and a 20 year run for Celebration Rock. Among the stations carrying his weekly program was WAAL (The Whale) in Binghamton. Jeff played the hits, interviewed musicians, and produced thematic audio experiences for his audience of youth and young adults. (Want to hear about interviewing members of Lynyrd Skynyrd at 3 a.m.?)  
Now, as 2023 dawns, Jeff co-hosts Encounter on WNBF radio and WBNG-TV, and shares a podcast called The Spirit of Jazz with Owego native the Rev. Bill Carter. As part of his presentation for the Coburn Academy, Jeff will share some audio clips, open the floor for participants own radio memories, and mourn the passing of creative radio. 
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The Rev. Jeff Kellam is a retired Presbyterian minister living in a unique retirement community along Ivory Foster Road in Owego. He was ordained at his home church in Endicott (Union Presbyterian) as Minister of Electronic Media and produced radio and television programs through much of his career. While serving as Director of the Video Education Center at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. he taught a creative high school student how to edit videotape. The kids name was Vince Gilligan, and he became the creative force behind Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul. (Jeff takes neither credit nor blame for that.) Of note, Rev. Kellam has been married to his college girlfriend Joan for 55 years.
Rev. Kellam has served pastorates in Richmond, in Craftsbury, VT, and in Trumansburg, NY before retiring to Owego. In retirement he creates videos for Bill Carters Presbybop Jazz Quintet, as well as for the Broome County Council of Churches. From listening the Green Hornet as a kid to currently hosting Encounter on WNBF and WBNG-TV, Jeff is a firm believer in broadcastings potential to entertain, inform, and even inspire.
History, food, and stories of Viking adventures?!  Sign me up!  Join us tomorrow 1/21 at 2pm for Viking Food Preservation presented by Winterberry Homestead.  FREE.  Click to register.  https://coburnfreelibrary.org/event/viking-food-preservation-learn-to-make-yogurt-and-sauerkraut/

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Excellent program! Thank you for bringing it to our local library. I’m looking forward to making my own sauerkraut!

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