Happy 2018 to all of our library friends and visitors! It may be cold and drizzly outdoors, but inside the Library the fireplace is lit, the shelves are well-stocked with books to read and DVDs to watch, and we have some upcoming experiences to share with all of you!

First of all, Cannon Beach Reads, our library reading/discussion group will be meeting at the library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17. For January the group has been reading “Life on the Mississippi,” by Mark Twain. The book contains anecdotes about Twain’s training on the Mississippi River as a steamboat pilot. In the second half of the book, the author describes a trip many years later on a steamboat from St. Louis to New Orleans. Tom Schaeffer will be the discussion leader. As always, the group encourages and welcomes new participants. Call the library for more information.

We welcome author Rene Denfeld on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. for our Northwest Author special event. As well as being an author, Rene is a licensed investigator in the state of Oregon and a therapeutic foster-adoptive parent. She will be talking about her latest novel “The Child Finder,” which is a literary thriller examining the role of a young woman in finding a missing child. Her talk promises to be interesting as well as informative.

Cannon Beach ESL Literacy Program continues! Thanks to the City of Cannon Beach grant in the spring of 2017, the literacy liaison position sponsored by the Clatsop Community College was able to continue its outreach efforts to provide adult English language classes for the second year. In partnership with the Cannon Beach Library, weekly English classes resumed Nov. 14, at the library, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights. These ESL (English as a Second Language) classes have served a close-knit group of adult students, mostly immigrant women who work in hospitality and service industry jobs. These students aspire to learn English so that they can better perform their jobs plus learn the skills that will enable them to eventually become active, contributing members of their new community. The program continues to need volunteers who can provide English language instruction to an individual learner for at least one hour per week on a one on one basis. Please contact Judith Pearson at 971-201-6605 for more information.

Looking ahead to early February, we eagerly anticipate our first library membership meeting of the new year. As always it includes a delicious brunch prepared by our hosts/hostesses, as well as what promises to be an interesting and informative talk by our own Marc Bates, a well-known cheese maker. Marc has also provided much assistance to our library over the years. Plan on attending the meeting if for no other reason than sampling his delicious cheeses!

So as you can see, library supporters, the Cannon Beach Library remains warm, cozy and active over the course of our winter! Come join us!

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