Here in Cannon Beach, we “locals” often breathe a collective sigh of relief when the cooler, stormier days of autumn are upon us. Though our hours of daylight are fewer, the days suddenly seem longer, and we often look for ways to fill them that are different from the more hectic activities of the summer months.

At the library, for instance, we are in the midst of celebrating the arrival of autumn with two cozy, communal fund-raising events. On Saturday, Sept. 27 we opened our doors to members of our community, as well as visitors, as we hosted a Fall Festival. We spent hours arranging a sale of books for children and youths and decorating the library for fall. Those of us who enjoy cooking and baking spent the better part of a week turning out pies, cookies, cupcakes and even chutney!

We also featured the colorful posters depicting our library that were so generously donated by local artist Bill Steidel for use as a library fundraiser. Members of the Steidel family were special visitors at the festival, to our delight.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, our library doors will again be opened to one and all as we help celebrate the Stormy Weather Festival with mulled hot cider and a warm fire. Lovely gift baskets will be auctioned beginning at noon. Early holiday shoppers will have the chance to buy books suitable for gifts. Our guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for this year’s quilt for the last few hours! Winners of both the gift baskets and the quilt will be announced at 5 p.m. To accommodate visitors with jobs during the day, our doors will remain open until 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in contributing a basket for the raffle should contact the library at 503-436-1391.

The Northwest Author Series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 when Northwest author Angela Day will be the speaker. Her book, “Red light to Starboard,” recounts the regional and national history that led to oil titans being entrusted with the spectacular ecosystem. It discusses the environmental consequences as well as failed governmental and public policy decisions. As always, admission is free.

Cannon Beach Reads will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. The group is reading “Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walter. As always, new members are welcome!

The November Club meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the library. The program that morning will be Providence Seaside Hospital “Elder Care.” Refreshments will be served, as always.

An early December event will be our annual Holiday Tea, which will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tea and pastries will be served, and there will be a holiday tree raffle.

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