Joseph Bernt

Joseph Bernt

The Cannon Beach Library—by moving traditional discussions, meetings, lectures and readings to virtual presentation via Zoom and Facebook Live, and especially by offering access to library resources through “Limited Browsing” on Saturday afternoons and “Door-Side Pickup” on Monday and Wednesday afternoons—is pleasing a growing stream of patrons, residents and visitors alike.

These efforts to offer safe library services depends on dedicated library volunteers, as Clatsop County and the State of Oregon struggle to shoot limited COVID-19 vaccine into those residents under eighty or those not employed in healthcare or educational occupations and facilities.

Make a point of thanking library volunteers for their help accessing a Zoom presentation or reserving and retrieving a book from the library’s expanding collection.

Not being able to hold in-person library member meetings during the plague postponed last year’s and probably this year’s annual meetings at which new members and officers are elected. At its January meeting the Library Board of Directors voted to hold an election of board members and officers by mail ballot in May.

A nominating committee consisting of Sandi Lundy, Lynne Murray and Mary Beth Cottle developed a slate of candidates. A ballot containing that slate, along with any additional nominations, will be mailed to members in early April; completed ballots will be due in the library office by May 7. Only paid members of the library are eligible to vote so those interested in voting should make sure their 2021-22 dues are paid asap.

Nominated to fill two open seats on the board are Melodie Chenevert and Caroline Godderz. Rance Babb and Janet Bates will be stepping down from the board. Also nominated are Phyllis Bernt, president; Lynne Murray, vice-president; Claire Landrum, secretary, and Karen French, treasurer. Returning board members are Amy Jones, Mary Kerwin, Wanda Meyer-Price and Linda Sugano.

Let’s also take this opportunity to highlight upcoming events available via Facebook Live. On Saturday, February 20, at 7 p.m., the library’s Northwest Author Speakers Series sponsors the Third Annual Writers Read Celebration.

Of the 37 writers who submitted 51 stories, essays and poems, 10 North Coast writers will read 13 of their works addressing the theme of “Pandemic.” These authors include Laura E. Bailey, Nat Finn, Lisa Mayfield, Jeanie McLaughlin, Robert Mushen, Russell Myers, Jennifer Nightingale, Emily Randell, L. Swartz and Alana Thelen.

Participate in the Third Annual Writers Read Celebration using the Facebook Live link on the library website:

Kiirsten Flynn, internship coordinator and boat driver in the field at Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington, will discuss “Insights into large whale entanglements in the Pacific Northwest from research of populations, responses and reports” via Facebook Live for the World of Haystack Rock Lecture Series, Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

A NOAA-certified Level 3 Entangled Large Whale Responder, Flynn holds a Masters degree in environmental management. She has taught courses on marine mammals at Evergreen State College and environmental science in middle school. She also has served as a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Sponsored by the Friends of Haystack Rock, Flynn’s presentation can be accessed on Facebook Live@Friends of Haystack Rock.

Led by Wanda Meyer-Price, members of Cannon Beach Reads will hold a Zoom discussion of “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks, Wednesday, March 17, at 7 p.m.

In addition to readings, lectures and literary discussions, the library continues to entice patrons by regularly adding new titles to its collection. In January, 21 important books were added to the library.

Seven new novels added to the “Green Dot” shelf should encourage patron use of “Door-Side Pickup” and “Limited Browsing” services:

New fiction includes “The Wrong Family” by Tarryn Fisher, “Prodigal Son” by Gregg Hurwitz, ”Fifty Words for Rain” by Asha Lemmie, “A Crooked Tree” by Una Mannion, “Migrations” by Charlotte McConaghy, “The War Widow” by Tara Moss and “The Breaker” by Nick Petrie.

New additions include four nonfiction books: “A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future” by David Attenborough, “The Hour of Fate: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle to Transform American Capitalism” by Susan Berfield, “How to Educate a Citizen: The Power of Shared Knowledge to Unify a Nation” by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. and “Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization” by Joe Scarborough.

Ten new mysteries added are “The Overnight Kidnapper” by Andrea Camilleri, “The Butterfly House” by Katrine Engberg, “Fortune and Glory” by Janet Evanovich, “Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner, “Lost Boys” by Faye Kellerman, “A Reasonable Doubt” by Phillip Margolin, “Long Bright River” by Liz Moore, “The House on Vesper Sands” by Paraic O’Donnell and “The Scorpion’s Tail” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

While browsing the Green Dot shelf, look for “Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-up & Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House” by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz.

If this book sounds like yet another dish on Donald Trump, you would be mistaken by 50 years. Maddow and Yarvitz realized that even the most “Brazen Crook” and bigoted national public figure, such as Spiro T. Agnew, Nixon’s choice for his running mate in 1968, is often forgotten after 50 years.

In “Bag Man” Maddow and Yarvitz return to the backstory of Agnew’s kickback and bribery scheme tied to government contracts from within the White House while President Nixon was facing likely impeachment during the infamous Watergate Scandal.

I promise—really I promise—a full review of this classic Rachel Maddow deep dive in my next “At the Library” column.


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