Joseph Bernt

Joseph Bernt

As daylight shrank and winter weather became the reality last November, the Northwest Authors Committee invited residents and visitors to the north coast to submit poems, stories and essays related to a theme of “Views from the North Coast” for the Writers Read Celebration.

24 writers responded.

With winter barely a month old, a panel of six judges associated with the Cannon Beach Library then read and discussed these, selecting 13 submissions from 12 authors for reading at the Writers Read Celebration on Feb. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the library, 131 N. Hemlock. Light refreshments will be served.

John D. Ciminello of Naselle will read two poems, “Deer, Raven, and the Sideview Mirror” and “Deer and the Apples.”

Emily Class of Portland will read the poem “Walking the River” submitted by her father, Kenneth Robert Class of Stockton, California.

Darrell Clukey of Cannon Beach will read the story “Confluence.”

Ellis Conklin of Seattle will read a personal essay, “Views from the North Coast.”

Mindy Hardwick of Cannon Beach and Portland will read her story, “Fall on the Oregon Coast.”

Kay Limbird of Warrenton will read the story “Oregon Beach Cult-ture.”

Phyllis Mannan of Manzanita will read the poem “The Ocean Beside Us.”

Jean McGonigle of Astoria will her poem, “In Memory of a Great Storm.”

Jennifer Nightingale of Astoria will read her poem, “Coastal Pilgrimage Down 101.”

Ruth Reno of Oregon City will read the personal essay “Am I a Local?”

Kay Stoltz of Manzanita will read a story or memoir titled “My Place.”

And L. Swartz of Wheeler will read the poem “Three Dead Birds.”

The Writers Read Celebration, sponsored annually by the Northwest Authors Series, is free and open to the public.

Not sufficiently busy as a member and secretary of the library board of directors, as well as training and scheduling volunteers working on the library desk, Claire Landrum is promoting “Book Bingo” as a rainy-day activity until the sun and tourism return to Cannon Beach.

“This project was not original with me,” Landrum admitted. “I was looking for a fun way to involve residents stuck inside on these rainy days. I know many libraries use Bingo to encourage reading in their communities.

“Looking for something fun to do? Pick up a Bingo card from the front desk or download one from the library’s website ( Read a book corresponding to the description in each square,” Landrum said.

“When a book is completed, write the title and author in the appropriate square, then ‘Bingo’ when a row is filled to win a $5 voucher for the library book sale room.

“Cover all Bingo squares for the large prize—a free annual library card and reusable library tote.

“All fully completed cards are eligible for a grand prize drawing on May 20,” Landrum added.

Bingo square descriptors for five books that complete one horizonal row include “Book of short stories,” “Reading for second time,” “Set during winter,” “Published decade you were born” and “NW author.”

Play Book Bingo and begin summer by having read as many as 24 books.

Marjorie MacQueen can’t help herself. She just purchased 19 new titles in January for the library. They include seven popular fiction books by Isabel Allende, Tom Clancy, William Gibson, Ann Neapolitano, Thomas Perry, Taylor Jenkins Reid and Beatriz Williams.

She also added seven popular mystery titles, by Rennie Airth, Joseph Finder, Iris Johansen, James Patterson, Nick Petrie, Peter Robinson and Dana Stabenow.

Five nonfiction titles added include “American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power” by Andrea Bernstein; “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn; “Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition” by Buddy Levy; “The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry that Shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Ian S. Port; and “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America” by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig.

Mark your calendar for these events at the library—both free, open to the public and previously announced in this column.

Colleen Weiler, a Jessica Rekos fellow for orca conservation at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, will present “Orcas of the Oregon Coast” for the World of Haystack Rock Lecture Series on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Kathleen Bell leads members of Cannon Beach Reads, the library’s reading group, in a discussion of Graham Greene’s “Travels with My Aunt” on Feb. 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Finally, two major library fundraisers - the Memorial Day Weekend Old and Rare Book Sale, and the July Fourth Holiday Weekend Book Sale - seem months away, but the end of May and beginning of July will surprise volunteers, visitors, patrons and Northwest bookhounds in fewer than four months.

Book donations contribute significantly to the library’s budget, keep books in circulation and add quality books to the library’s collection. Donations during the past month have declined, which often occurs when the rain races sideways down Hemlock. Residents and second-home visitors hunker near fireplaces as winter envelops the Oregon coast.

Janet Bates and volunteers who process donated books naturally worry when contributions slow. So please keep the Cannon Beach Library in mind while preparing for spring cleaning at your year-round home or your second home on the north coast.

Have many books to donate? Let the library know, at 503-436-1391, for help bringing discarded books to the library.


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