All summer long, a group of dedicated young readers have focused on reading as many books in their age categories as possible – and finally we have our winners:

• 4- to 6-year-olds: Lauren Rahl

• 7- to 12-year-olds: Hannah Watt

• 13+-year olds: Abby Harrington

The children each received a $25 gift certificate to one of three local shops. Congratulations, winners!!

Lately we’ve been giving a lot of thought to citizens whose contributions have made our library the interesting place it has become. For September, we’re feeling grateful to artist Shirley Georges Gittelsohn. Anyone entering our doors can enjoy the wonderful paintings lining our walls. They generally depict the sea and surrounding forests and were rendered in calm Pacific Coast hues that are in harmony with our shelves of books and gas fireplace.

Gittelsohn, who is in her 80s and lives in Portland, has exhibited her paintings in places such as Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the Oregon Jewish Museum, Reed College and Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. Thank you, Shirley!

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, we will open our doors to welcome one and all to our Fall Festival. This year, our featured items will be the posters created by local artist Bill Steidel. The posters are 11 inches by 17 inches and will sell for $10 each.

Also available for sale at a slightly higher price will be a few signed and numbered posters. We will be selling books for children and young adults as a fundraiser. Also part of the festival will be a bake sale. Our library bakers will be creating fresh cookies, muffins, full-sized pies and mini pies for everybody to enjoy. Come sit by the fire and enjoy a cup of hot coffee with us!

As a part of our popular Northwest Author Series, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, author Stevan Allred will speak. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals and websites, and he has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. “A Simplified Map of the Real World,” his recent book, contains 15 linked stories connecting the lives of citizens of the imagined town of Renata, Ore.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, Cannon Beach Reads members will discuss “City of Veils,” by Zoe Ferraris. An American novelist, Ferraris married a man from Saudi Arabia and spent nine months there living with her in-laws. This period of time is the background for much of her writing, including “City of Veils.” New are members welcome, as always.

Finally, as the days grow shorter and the weather more cool and stormy, the library is a wonderful place to warm up. Step in some rainy autumn afternoon to read by the fire, check messages on your laptop or spend some time enjoying our shelves of books!

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