Speaker programs, discussion groups, a contemporary collection of important books and a busy book-sale room, connect residents and visitors with significant books, important local writers and close friends and neighbors influenced by contemporary book culture.

Two major book sales Memorial Day and July Fourth weekends also connect readers and books. This year the Memorial Day Rare & Old Book Sale occurs Saturday through Monday, May 25 to 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cannon Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock.

From thousands of books donated this past year, volunteers have selected hundreds of rare, old and classic books for this annual Memorial Day fundraiser—books priced from $1 to $600 but mostly under $10. This sale features first-edition, author-signed, richly bound and collectable old books.

The July Fourth Weekend Book Sale occurs Thursday through Sunday, July 4 to 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cannon Beach Library differs from public libraries. As a member-owned, nonprofit organization, it has served the library and information needs of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape since 1927 through fundraising events and approximately 100 volunteers who contribute more than 8,000 hours each year to maintain the library, its services and programs.

So, this Memorial Day Weekend will find volunteers staffing a three-day Rare & Old Book Sale and selling drawing tickets for a handsewn quilt donated by library members Karen and Michael French.

Organization and the dedication of library members and volunteers keep this member-owned non-profit library humming.

Cannon Beach Library members meet at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesdays of September, October, November, February, March and May and devote a couple hours to catching up with friends and neighbors, hearing presentations on important topics, discussing library business and enjoying a brunch hosted by fellow library members.

The May meeting also serves as the library’s annual meeting at which the membership elects library board members and officers.

At this year’s May 1 meeting—hosted by library members Pam DeVisser, Wanda Meyer-Price and Cat Wollen—library members elected four members to the library board of directors. Newly elected directors are Amy Jones, Mary Kerwin, Wanda Meyer-Price and Linda Sugano. Officers elected were Phyllis Bernt as president, Lynne Murray as vice-president, Claire Landrum as secretary and Gayle Andrus as treasurer. Rance Babb, Janet Bates and Karen French continue as board members.

Cannon Beach Library membership is open to the public. Annual dues are $10, which includes access to monthly meetings and the best free brunches in town. Membership applications are available at the library, 131 N. Hemlock St.

This column frequently includes short reviews of nonfictional books recently added to the library, books being discussed by Cannon Beach Reads or current books available through inter-library loan.

On May 3, this column highlighted Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.” Goodell, an environmental journalist and contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine, describes the impact of global warming, melting polar ice and rising oceans on coastal communities throughout the world during the past two decades.

Those who missed the Cannon Beach Reads discussion of “The Water Will Come” Wednesday evening, May 15, especially those contemplating a move to the North Coast, should check out the library’s copy of Goodell’s description of the battles coastal communities in the United States and elsewhere are waging against rising oceans.

The Cannon Beach Reads group next meets Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., to discuss “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” Betty Smith’s classic novel familiar to post-WWII readers. Copies are available at the library and the Cannon Beach Book Company.

The Northwest Authors Series introduces residents and visitors to another successful Portland author when the series hosts Kristina McMorris, a New York Times bestselling novelist, at the Cannon Beach Library, Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m.

McMorris, who lives with her husband and two sons in Portland, will read and discuss “Sold on a Monday,” her recently published bestseller inspired by a 1948 newspaper photograph showing a mother and four children on a porch in front of a sign reading, “4 CHILDREN FOR SALE: INQUIRE WITHIN.”

In addition to “Sold on a Monday,” McMorris has published “Letters from Home,” “The Christmas Collector,” “Bridge of Scarlet Leaves,” “The Pieces We Keep,” “The Edge of Lost” and two anthologized novellas. McMorris’ appearance is free and open to the public.

Finally, the Cannon Beach Library has recently acquired the following nonfictional books:

These include Carrie Gibson’s “El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America,” which I am currently reading and hope to review in a May 31 “At the Library” column; Frans de Waal’s “Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves”; Andrew G. McCabe’s “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump”; David E. McCraw’s “Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts”; Michael Tomasky’s “If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How It Might Be Saved” and biologist Edward O. Wilson’s “Genesis: The Deep Origins of Societies.”


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