Joseph Bernt

Joseph Bernt

At the risk of repeating news related in the last column, let’s quickly review events upcoming in November.

The Northwest Authors Series will host Craig Lesley, an award-winning Oregon author. Lesley, currently a senior writer in residence at Portland State University, will discuss his contemporary western writings at the library Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

His popular books include “Winterkill,” “The Sky Fisherman” and “Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood.”

Dr. Scott Pearson will present a lecture on “The Conservation Status, Population Trends and Natural History of the Tufted Puffin” at the World of Haystack Rock Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of Haystack Rock, at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, at the library. Pearson is a senior research scientist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The next Cannon Beach Library membership meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 6. Library members Kathe Leduc, Cat Wollen and Judy Wood will host this last meeting of 2019.

As the hosts’ brunch offerings stimulate members’ taste buds, Jim Azumano will discuss “The Japanese American Wartime Experience.”

On Nov. 20, from 7-8:30 p.m., members of Cannon Beach Reads will discuss “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe,” Douglas Adams’ quirky novel highlighting quick but random intergalactic travel.

Penny Rice will lead a Cannon Beach Reads discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’” on Dec. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m.

On Dec. 8, 1941, radios in 81% of U.S. homes were tuned to the live broadcast of President Franklin Roosevelt’s address to the joint houses of Congress that painted Dec. 7, 1941 as “a date which shall live in infamy.” No one made the same claim for the date of Feb. 19, 1942.

On that date, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing and directing Henry Stimson, his secretary of war, to relocate citizens of Japanese ancestry and Japanese resident aliens from Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Alaska to internment camps featuring armed guard towers, barbed-wire enclosures and inadequate housing, with little concern for due process or the hostile environment surrounding most of the camps.

Jim Azumano may well discuss aspects of these camps and the Japanese American relocation in his talk at the membership meeting Nov. 6.

When finally signing into law on Aug. 10, 1988 the Civil Liberties Act that acknowledged and apologized for the injustice of evacuation, relocation and internment of American citizens and permanent resident aliens, President Ronald Reagan never suggested Aug. 10, 1988 as a date which shall live large in the nation’s public memory.

A pair of dates - Aug. 6, 1945 and Aug. 9, 1945 - clearly have become dates which shall live in infamy as earth’s only intentional application of atomic weapons on civilian populations.

President Roosevelt was right: Dec. 7, 1941 has gathered cultural strength. While our lives must continue, still this columnist often momentarily twitches when an appointment, meeting or other mundane event coincides with the nearly mythic date from 78 years in the past, six years before my birth.

This year, the potent date coincides with two longstanding north coast traditions - the Cannon Beach Library Holiday Tea and the Cannon Beach Lamp Lighting Ceremony - both scheduled for Dec. 7.

At the holiday tea, library volunteers will serve homemade holiday cookies, candies, sweets, nuts, hot cider and tea to north coast residents and visitors, surrounded by seasonal decorations and cheer, from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 7.

A drawing for a handmade quilt, donated by Karen French, will occur during the holiday tea, too. Remember to buy drawing tickets ($1 each, 6 for $5) at the library from now until the tea. The holder of the winning ticket need not be present at the drawing to win; the quilt will be mailed to the winner.

The holiday tea offers a warm setting for conversations with friends and neighbors, before crossing Hemlock Street at 4 p.m. to enjoy the Lamp Lighting Ceremony in Sandpiper Square.

One behavioral pattern I’ve noticed among library patrons is a tendency to enter the library and immediately turn to the left to visit sections devoted to used-book sales, mysteries, contemporary fiction, newly acquired fiction and - less frequently - newly acquired nonfiction.

Consider turning right on next entering the library. Explore what some of the special collections have to offer.

New to Oregon and curious about local flora and fauna? Check the extensive information available about the natural world near Cannon Beach. Want better to understand the history of the Pacific Northwest?  Spend a couple of hours browsing the library’s Northwest Collection.

Expect discussion of these collections to creep into future “At the Library” columns.


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