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Joseph Bernt

The Cannon Beach Library is inviting residents and visitors to its annual Holiday Tea on Dec. 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the library, 131 N. Hemlock St.

Enjoy fancy cookies, candies, breads, hot mulled cider, tea, and conversation with friends and neighbors amidst holiday decorations and fireplace warmth.

A drawing for the winner of a vintage handmade, double-wedding-ring quilt donated by Karen French will be held at 3 p.m., during the Holiday Tea. You can purchase tickets before the drawing ($1 each or $5 for six). The winner need not be present, and the library will mail the exquisite quilt to the winner.

The hour following the quilt drawing easily will accommodate another delicious cookie and cup of hot cider before crossing Hemlock for the Lamp Lighting Ceremony in Sandpiper Square at 4 p.m.

Contact the library at 503-436-1391 to bake your favorite treat for the Holiday Tea.

As Cannon Beach Reads prepares to begin its 14th year in January, members of the reading group have selected the following fictional books: “Travels with My Aunt” by Graham Green, “Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited” by Aldous Huxley, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain, “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks, “My Antonia” by Willa Cather, and “Martin Marten” by Brian Doyle.

Members also have selected the following nonfiction titles for 2020: “Mozart’s Starling” by Lyanda Lynn, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warning” edited by Paul Hawken, “The Library Book” by Susan Orleans, “Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters” by William L. Sullivan, “Night” by Elie Wiesel, and “The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America” by Ernest Freeberg.

Meeting dates and discussion leaders for each of the selected books will be posted next week at the library and at Cannon Beach Book Company, 130 N. Hemlock St. Copies of the books may be borrowed at the library, or purchased at the bookstore in inexpensive editions.

On Dec. 18, at their last meeting of 2019, members of Cannon Beach Reads - with guidance from discussion leader Penny Rice - will discuss “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” by Zola Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and filmmaker who focused on race issues in the American South during the early 20th Century.

“Barracoon” is based on Hurston’s interviews in 1927 and 1931 with Cudjoe Lewis, then a resident of Plateau, Alabama, and the last survivor of the Atlantic slave trade. Lewis shared memories of his childhood in Africa, his capture and his life as a slave.

Cannon Beach Reads meets every third Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in current and classic bestsellers is welcome to attend and enjoy conversations over coffee, tea and treats.

Charlie Plybon, the Oregon policy manager for Surfrider Foundation, and staff members from the Department of Land Conservation and Development will lead a discussion of the importance of rock shore ecosystems, unique habitat adaptations of the organisms that live in those ecosystems and historical protections for these areas on Dec. 11.

Sponsored by the World of Haystack Rock Lecture Series, this presentation will explain Oregon’s current process for updating the state’s special rocky habitat designations, a process allowing the public an opportunity to propose and recommend special management areas such as the marine garden at Haystack Rock. Plybon’s presentation at the library will begin at 7 p.m.

All who knew and loved Joseph Hummel, an active member of Cannon Beach Reads, are invited to a memorial and celebration of his life at the library on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

Born Nov. 24, 1930 in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, Hummel taught English at Southern Illinois University, the University of Idaho and other schools before moving permanently to Cannon Beach and becoming an active member of numerous community organizations.

An avid reader, he made significant contributions to the library. He donated books to several special collections, including the Northwest Collection and the Lewis and Clark Collection. The donation of his extensive poetry library anchors the library’s Joe Hummel Poetry Collection.

He also was active in the Lighthouse Society of Oregon, Cannon Beach Academy, Cannon Beach History Center, Haystack Rock Awareness Program and American Legion Post 168.

Joseph Hummel passed in Cannon Beach on Aug. 22, 2019.

The Northwest Authors Series has issued a call for submissions to its Annual Writers’ Read Celebration planned for Feb. 28, 2020 at the library. Jan. 17 is the deadline for submission of essays, stories or poems on the theme of “Views from the North Coast.”

This is an opportunity to write about your relationship to the north coast, to describe your vision of the north coast, to explain what draws you here and how you feel connected to what you see.

Anyone can submit as many as three entries, each limited to no more than 600 words. They should be emailed to or sent regular mail to Cannon Beach Library, P.O. Box 486, Cannon Beach, OR  97110.

Do not put name or contact information on any submission. Instead, accompany submissions with a separate cover letter containing the writer’s name, email address and telephone number.

A panel of judges will read all entries, then ask as many as 10 authors to read selected submissions during the Writers Read Celebration on Feb. 28, 2020.


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