Mystery and romance at the library

Brett Willyard

As we, at the library, enjoy the summer weather and head toward our 90th birthday celebration in the autumn, we are eagerly planning our annual 4th of July book sale, which this year will last four days. Our biggest fundraiser of the year! July 1-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Fourth, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All types of books will be available at reasonable prices — mystery, fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, cookbooks, plus many other types. Tickets for a chance to win our gorgeous quilt will also be available during the book sale. You don’t want to miss this Cannon Beach tradition.

Speaking of our quilt, it will be at the Cannon Beach Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, July 11, from 1-5 p.m., so come take a look and purchase tickets! When not at the market, it may be seen on display at our library during open hours. It makes no difference if you don’t live in Cannon Beach. If you are an out-of-state lucky winner, we will ship it to you. The quilt drawing will take place at our Holiday Tea on Dec. 2.

Another popular event will take place at the library on Saturday, July 15, when the very popular local magician Brett Willyard will be here at 1 p.m. to present his annual library magic show. The show is free of charge. Brett is a very sought-after magician so attendees need to arrive well before 1 p.m. in order to find a seat. Brett’s magic shows are popular with children and adults alike — a not-to-be missed event!

Our 2017 Youth Summer Reading Contest began on June 16 and this year is “Rocking in Our READ Shoes.” There will be ongoing prizes for every five books read, plus age-appropriate grand prizes awarded at the end of the summer. Reading logs need to be turned in on or before Monday, Aug. 21. This is a good way to make sure our children are spending at least part of their summer vacation reading! Stop in at the library desk to obtain your packet.

The participants in Cannon Book Reads, our adult reading discussion group, will meet at the library on Wednesday, July 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This month the group has been reading “To the Lighthouse,” by Virginia Woolf. The book was written in 1927 and centers on the Ramsays and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920. It highlights childhood emotions and adult relationships. There is always room in the group for newcomers.

Finally, we are in the planning stages of our wonderful fall festival on Sept. 30. Library friends are invited to work on crafts for the event, and bakers will also be needed to provide pies, cookies, and other baked goods.

All in all, there’s lots going on at the Cannon Beach Library in the month of July! Drop in to see us and enjoy the events.

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