Over the years, our little library has been blessed again and again by the generosity of groups and individuals in our community.
This summer we have again received a generous gift, this time from the Steidel family, which has donated a one-of-a-kind fanciful rendering of our own Cannon Beach Library. This colorful poster will be reproduced and go on sale at the library this month as a fundraiser. The prints are 11 inches by 17 inches and will sell for $10 each. Many thanks to the Steidels!
We have in our library two unique Pacific Coast collections – the Haystak Rock Awareness Program collection and the Northwest collection.
The HRAP collection, formally called the Bob Carey Memorial Collection, is another example of how we have benefited from citizens who love Cannon Beach. Bob Carey was an accountant and worked for the U.S. Defense Department. His wife, Fran, who still lives here, tells us he enjoyed running marathons, even though he didn’t start running until age 40.
He, along with Joe Hummel, were for years a couple of “the men on the beach,” participating in the HRAP program. Joe is still active in the library book club, Cannon Beach Reads, and when Bob Carey died, the HRAP Collection was started at Joe’s suggestion. To these two men we owe the HRAP collection, which includes books on all forms of marine life, coastal birds, coastal plant life, tidepool life and much more. Come check it out.
Joe Hummel also has contributed much to the Northwest Collection. Over the past year, he donated some beautiful books on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. A local resident now for many years, he taught English at the University of Idaho, University of Southern Illinois and several others before moving here.
The Northwest Collection includes books focusing on early Oregon history, the early fishing and lumber industries, stories of shipwrecks, and the early exploration of the Oregon Coast. The collection also includes books on the Oregon desert country, history from the Snake River area to Klamath Falls and stories of the Oregon Trail. There are also books on Northwest individuals such as Joe Meek, Sam Hill and Chief Joseph. The Northwest Collection also has books on Alaska, the sought-after Northwest Passage and the Puget Sound area. Browsing through this collection would obviously take more than one afternoon!
Cannon Beach Reads will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the library. The group is presently reading “The Light Between the Oceans,” by M.L. Stedman. As always, new members are very welcome.
The featured event for August is a talk given by author J.A. Jance on Aug. 26. Jance is a top 10 New York Times bestselling author of many thrillers and mysteries. Before becoming an author, she worked as a school librarian on a Native American reservation. She was originally advised to use “J.A.” rather than Judith Ann Jance so more people would read her books. The talk begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Coaster Theatre and is free — a not-to-be-missed event.
Now that we are in August and autumn is just around the corner, we are looking forward to our next fundraiser: a fall celebration featuring homemade baked goods, autographed Steidel posters and a book sale of books for children and young adults. This event will happen on Saturday, Sept. 27. More specific details will be in future library columns.
Finally, we are still selling raffle tickets for our lovely hand-fashioned quilt. The quilt is displayed in the library every day, and at 1 p.m. Aug, 26, we will have it at the Cannon Beach Farmers Market. The drawing will take place at our fall fundraiser; the quilt will be shipped to the lucky winner!
Carla O’Reilly is a volunteer at the Cannon Beach Library.