Library friends, we of the Cannon Beach Library Board were very honored this past Wednesday, April 5 to host our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Chamber Hall. There were games, prizes and a delicious array of fresh food to thank our much-appreciated volunteers. As most Cannon Beach residents know, our library is operated almost entirely by a team of hardy volunteers, who perform desk duties, keep our shelves well-stocked and organized, help to put on various community events and fundraisers, among many other crucial tasks. We are beyond grateful for our team of hard workers! Without you, we couldn’t keep our doors open!

On Saturday, April 8, author Warren Easley will be speaking at the library at 2 p.m. Once a research scientist and international business executive, Easley now lives in Portland, where he spends his time writing fiction and tutoring GED students. His Cal Claxton Mystery Series began with “Matter of Doubt,” then “Dead Float” and now continues with “Never Look Down,” which was recently published. Attendance at recent author talks has been quite heavy, so anyone wishing to get a seat should arrive well before 2 p.m.

The World of Haystack Rock lecture series will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 when Tom Horning of Horning Geosciences will be giving a talk on the geology of Haystack Rock. Of course, we can see the rock on a daily basis (except when the weather is unusually foggy) but how much do we actually know about how the rock and surrounding rocks were formed centuries ago. Anybody who lives on the North Coast, or even many of our visitors, will find this a very interesting presentation.

A special treat is in store for participants in Cannon Beach Reads, our own reading discussion group. Longtime Cannon Beach resident Peter Lindsey has done a rewrite of “Comin’ in Over the Rock” and this local book will be the focus of the regular group meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. New members are always welcome, but anyone who has read Peter’s first version of the book, or knows him personally, should find this a very interesting historical discussion indeed.

As we progress toward the important celebration being held in October 2017 — namely our 90th birthday as a library — we have several wonderful future events in late spring and early summer scheduled. First of all, during Memorial Day weekend, May 27 to May 29, we will have a “Rare, Old and Poetry” book sale. This is no ordinary book sale, but will include books that have been judged valuable due to their age or importance. The sale will also include some of the poetry books donated to the Cannon Beach Library over the years, notably by our old friend Joe Hummel (the rest of the poetry books will be a part of a new poetry shelf soon to be created).

And, obviously, our 4th of July book sale will occur once again over Independence Day weekend. It seems like a distant event, but will be upon us before we know it! This is a good time to bring us the books you would like to donate so they can be evaluated and priced.

Finally, our new entry door to the library has at last been installed. It was created to resemble our traditional door, though newer and sturdier. Many thanks to board member Rance Babb, who coordinated the project.

In conclusion, we would once again like to heartily thank the wonderful volunteers who — over the years and especially the past year — have graciously volunteered their time to keeping the Cannon Beach Library the cozy and well-run establishment it continues to be!

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