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A tradition of private ownership

In the tradition of the eight women who founded the library, we remain privately owned. The Cannon Beach Library is one of a very few private libraries in the state. The library is owned by an Oregon nonprofit corporation called the Cannon Beach Library, which is overseen by the membership. Operations are led by a working Board of Directors that is elected by the membership.

Anyone can be nominated to run for a board position. Please contact us if you are interested or would like more information. Elections are held in May.


Cannon Beach Library Board of Directors (2022-2023)

Phyllis Bernt

President

Phyllis has volunteered at the Library since retiring to Cannon Beach in 2012. During that time she has served as board president and treasurer; has been a Desk Volunteer; and has served on the NW Author Speaker Series and Endowment committees. She helps accession books and keeps track of volunteer hours. Phyllis loves to read, do crossword puzzles and knit.

Wanda Meyer-Price

Vice President

Wanda is on the NW Authors Speakers Committee, the Membership Committee, the Scholarship Committee, and the Acquisitions Committee. She has volunteered for the Fall Festival and the 4th of July Book Sale.

Claire Landrum

Secretary

Claire is the volunteer coordinator for the front desk and is a front desk volunteer. She has volunteered for the Fall Festival and the 4th of July Book Sale. She has also worked in the children’s library.

Karen French

Treasurer

Karen is a front desk volunteer, is on the Endowment Committee, and has volunteered for the Book Pricing Committee. She has volunteered for the Fall Festival and the 4th of July Book Sale and has hosted the Annual Volunteer Luncheon.

Melodie Chenevert

Member-At-Large

Melodie grew up in Iowa, became a nurse in 1963, and then received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Seattle. She fell in love with Cannon Beach during spring break in 1965 and then fell in love with her husband Gary. They moved here full time in 2013. Today she has the Lost Art of Nursing Museum and Pro-Nurse Press. She is an author, publisher, curator … and packrat!

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Member-At-Large

Caroline was born in Spokane, attended the University of Washington, and married and raised a family in Western Washington. She has lived in Cannon Beach full time since 2013. She loves to garden, decorate her home, spend time with her many grandchildren, travel, and spend time reading. She has enjoyed being a library desk volunteer for several years.

Mary Kerwin

Member-At-Large

Mary is a front desk volunteer, is on the Acquisitions Committee, the Book Pricing Committee, and the Membership Committee. She has volunteered for the Fall Festival, the Old and Rare Book Sale, and the 4th of July Book Sale.

Amy Jones

Member-At-Large

Amy is on the Book Pricing Committee. She has volunteered for the Fall Festival, the Spring Unveiling Book Sale, the Old and Rare Book Sale, and the 4th of July Book Sale. She volunteers with the ILL program and helps with deliveries and errands for the office.

Linda Sugano

Member-At-Large

She is the chair of the Acquisitions Committee, is on the scholarship committee, and is a front desk volunteer. She has also served as the chair of the Fall Festival and volunteered for the 4th of July Book Sale. She is on the Scholarship Committee and covers new books every month.

Roger Neugebauer

Member-At-Large

Roger has been married to his wife Bonnie for over 50 years. They have four children and four grandchildren living around the world. Together, Bonnie and Roger founded Exchange Magazine – a magazine for leaders of early childhood programs. They also founded the World Forum Foundation which organized over 40 global early childhood conferences in 18 countries. They now reside full time in Cannon Beach/Arch Cape where they are unsuccessfully retired.

Peggy Thom

Member-At-Large

In 1987, Peggy and her husband bought a vacation home in Cannon Beach. Besides visiting Bob’s brother, their special “go to” events were the library and the Fourth of July Book Sale. She spent 25 years in education, teaching English and literature for 9 years, and then managing the school library for 16 years. For the past year and a half she has been a member of the pricing committee, where she helps sort and evaluate donated books.

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