Annual Memorial Day Weekend Rare and Old Book Sale

The Cannon Beach Library offers a host of spring events.

From thousands of books residents and visitors donated to the Cannon Beach Library this past year, library volunteers have selected hundreds of rare, old, and classic books for this annual Memorial Day Weekend fundraiser.

This year the Rare and Old Book Sale occurs Saturday to Monday, May 26 to 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cannon Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock.

The books selected for this special sale range from $1 to $600 each, prices far lower than found online and in brick-and-mortar used bookstores. Most books are priced under $10. This sale features first-edition, author-signed, particularly collectible, richly bound and simply interesting old books.

Collectors will find some surprises, including many Modern Library and Everyman’s Library editions and numerous books signed by author Ursula K. Le Guin, long a resident of Portland and Cannon Beach.

Cannon Beach Library differs from a public library in that it is a member-owned nonprofit organization that has served the library and information needs of residents and visitors in Cannon Beach and Arch Cape since 1927.

The library accomplishes this mission through the efforts of 95 volunteers who contributed 8,750 hours this past year to ordering new books and videos; cataloging and covering books; sorting shelves; managing the library desk; pricing used books and stocking the Used Book Sale Room; maintaining the building and equipment; servicing interlibrary loan requests and answering visitor and patron questions.

Volunteers also arrange such special member and community events as the Fall Festival and Crafts Sale, the Holiday Tea open house, Northwest Author appearances and Cannon Book Reads meetings; and this Rare & Old Book Sale and the library’s huge July Fourth Used Book Sale.

The Cannon Beach Library has one paid employee, but the labor of volunteers represents the equivalent of having four additional fulltime employees. Still, volunteers alone cannot provide patrons with all their library and information services. To remain open and add new books — including current children’s titles—and videos in a warm, well-lit building, requires fundraising.

The City of Cannon Beach provides a small subsidy to the library and patron fees help, but numerous fundraising events, such as this Memorial Day Weekend sale — along with generous donations from library members, residents and visitors to Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, and proceeds from an always open Book Sale Room—cover the costs of new books and videos, a paid office manager, building maintenance, office equipment, supplies and utility bills.

So, this Memorial Day Weekend will find volunteers managing a three-day Rare and Old Book Sale and selling tickets to a drawing for a stunning handsewn, heirloom “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt donated by Marlene Laws, a longstanding member of the Cannon Beach Library.

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