Joseph Bernt

Joseph Bernt

The last “At the Library” column mentioned that the Cannon Beach Library was opening services slowly and safely beginning with Door-Side Service on July 20, which allowed contact-free service so patrons can request, and then pick up, books and DVDs.

After two weeks, the library’s board of directors decided to expand pick-up times and incorporate requests via voicemail and email messages to better serve patrons. Patrons now may call the library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 to 4 p.m. at 503-436-1391 to reserve books or DVDs. Volunteers will take patron calls, pull requested items from shelves and provide patrons an appointment time to retrieve requested items from a table at the library’s entrance doorway.

Patrons who cannot call the library on Monday or Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. may leave a message by calling 503-436-1391 or emailing Volunteers will respond to messages on Monday and Wednesday.

Patrons may request four adult books, two DVDs or four children’s books. These items are loaned for two weeks and should be returned to the drop box near the library’s front door. Door-Side Service is available to patrons who have library cards or to residents of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape who purchase a library card for an annual fee of $10.

Wearing a mask is expected for using this service. For additional information and helpful tips about Door-Side Service, patrons should refer to the library website.

The plague also is driving the library’s Northwest Authors Speakers series online. In the library’s first foray into online presentations using Facebook Live, Astoria author Marianne Monson will discuss “Her Quiet Revolution,” her recently published novel,” at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 22.

Monson based her novel on the life of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon, a frontier doctor and the nation’s first female state senator when elected to the Utah State Senate in 1896.

Monson’s talk honors the opening of the 100th year of Women’s Suffrage in the United States. Women gained the right to vote on August 18, 1920, when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment which asserted,“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Cannon Beach Reads, has not met since March, but the library’s monthly reading group intends to meet over Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., to discuss “Mozart’s Starling” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

Anyone interested in joining this discussion can borrow a copy of Haupt’s book at the library or purchase a copy at Cannon Beach Books. They should contact Joe Bernt at or 503-436-4186 for information about signing into the Zoom discussion.

New books added recently to the library include eight works of fiction: “The Vanishing Self” by Brit Bennett, “Firing Point” by Tom Clancy, “Wrath of Poseidon” by Clive Cussler, “The Sweeney Sisters” by Lian Dolan, “The Paris Hours” by Alex George, “The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin, “Home Before Dark” by Riley Sager and “Her Last Flight” by Beatriz Williams,

Also added were seven mysteries: ”The Delightful Life of a Suicide Plot” by Colin Cotterill, “Credible Threat” by J,.A. Jance, “The Girl from Widow Hills” by Megan Miranda, “Grudge Match” by Robert B. Parker, “The Last Trial” by Scott Turow, “The Shooting at Chateau Rock” by Martin Walker and “Bombshell” by Stuart Woods.

Finally, nine nonfiction titles have been added: “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” by John Bolton, “The Industrialists: How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism” by Jennifer A. Dalton, “Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboys” by Vincent DiGirolamo and “Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality” by Jacob Hacker.

Other new nonfiction books include: “Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia to Zion Journey Through Every National Park” by Conor Knighton, “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy” by Jacob Soboroff, “The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move” by Sonia Shah, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” by Mary Trump and “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy” by Larry Tye.

Your columnist is anxious to read several of the nonfiction titles that have been added to the library recently, so anxious, in fact, that I just finished “The Industrialists: How the National Association of Manufacturers Shaped American Capitalism” by Jennifer Dalton and will take this opportunity to comment on what I consider an excellent explanation of how the United States lost its manufacturing base following World War II to a misplaced pursuit of globalism pushed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM),.

In “The Industrialists” Dalton traces the 125-year history of NAM from its founding in 1895 in order to expand foreign trade through following decades building a reputation for extreme conservatism, John Birch Society members, defense of unrestricted “free enterprise” and employer rights, continuing battles to suppress union organizing and influence on government labor policy and  resistance to environmental and workplace regulation.

This critique of NAM is pretty much the standard historical presentation, but Dalton throughout “The Industrialists” argues that the organization’s leadership and staff also encouraged and cooperated with government efforts to eliminate tariffs and liberalize trade relations and markets in the face of opposition from smaller member companies aligned with the Republican Party.

Dalton also stresses NAM’s continuous efforts to develop training materials and meetings to transform, rationalize, modernize and internationalize American manufacturing while strengthening businesses in Europe, Asia and Latin America after the conclusion of the Second World War in order to expand exports from NAM’s member companies.

Unfortunately, NAM’s liberal support of international trading partners succeeded beyond expectations as America’s largest companies reacted against competition from trading partners by offshoring their own manufacturing to Europe, Asia (particularly China) and Latin America. American manufacturing, once distributed in small communities throughout the nation, left smokestacks, diminished infrastructure and unemployment throughout the country during the past 50 years.

As unions lost members as factories closed, NAM also lost member companies to foreign competition or such companies as General Electric and General Motors jettisoned their manufacturing as they entered the service economy of financial services causing many Americans to ask: “Don’t we make anything here anymore?”


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