As we move into the time of year with shorter periods of daylight and stormier weather, our thoughts turn to snuggling up with a great read. Card-holders at the Cannon Beach Library now have the additional option of “borrowing” books from our newly-installed eBook program. Containing thousands of reading options, both regular and audio, the program is easy to access, and interested patrons may pick up a sheet of instructions at the check-out desk. Library Office Manager Buddie Anderson states: “Anyone needing extra help accessing eBooks is very welcome to ask for my help. I’d be happy to walk people through the process.” Buddie is in her office at the library from 8:30 on, Monday through Friday.

Reading purists may insist on actually experiencing a book made of paper ­— but an exciting option is being able to “check out” a book from anyplace without having to get in the car, especially if a storm is raging outdoors!

Our younger generation is very accustomed to digital learning, so the Cannon Beach Library is prepared to make this form of reading available to them, and what a great extra option for participating in the summer reading contest in 2016. Those of us who are “a little older” are told the way to keep our minds fresh and alert is to try something new — so why not try out digital reading just for the experience!

Bottom line is that this is not an either/or issue. Reading an occasional eBook is not an act of disloyalty to our trusty and beloved library books, but an exciting additional way to experience the joy of reading.

In November we welcome another season of “The World of Haystack Rock” lecture series, co-sponsored by The Friends of Haystack Rock and the Library. The first lecture will be Wednesday, November 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., when Bill Peterson of NOAA will speak on “Effects of Variable Ocean Conditions and Climate Change on Marine Food Chains, Salmon, and Other Fishes”.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. the Northwest Author Series will continue as author Urban Waite talks about “Sometimes the Wolf.” The book is set in the Pacific Northwest and is a spellbinding story of family ties, violence, and unintended consequences.

Cannon Beach reads will meet Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The book they have been reading this month is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. New members are welcome to join the group any time.

And looking ahead to December — which apparently is just around the corner! — we will have our annual holiday tea at the Library Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. Cookies and other treats will be served. Save the date and come enjoy our hospitality and warm fireplace, followed by the lamp lighting ceremony in town. We also will be having our quilt drawing at the tea, so this is a good time to drop into the library and purchase some raffle tickets before it’s too late!

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. We at the library wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving!

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