For Immediate Release: Cannon Beach Library Press Releases
For Immediate Release: Friday, September 3, 2021
Cannon Beach, Oregon – The Cannon Beach Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce that patrons will no longer be subject to overdue fines, effective September 3. The library will eliminate overdue fines on materials in all formats, clear existing fines, and restore access to accounts blocked due to unpaid fines.
The new policy will remove fine debt for many patrons. The policy was approved by the Board of Directors in August. “This is a turning point in moving the library forward,” said Phyllis Bernt, board president. “As a nonprofit library every dollar counts, but we’ve watched as fine revenue has consistently waned. Our ultimate goal as a library is to increase access to information and to eliminate barriers to patrons’ ability to use library services. This decision was about eliminating barriers.” Bernt added, “A body of research has shown that, while late fines were originally implemented as an incentive to borrow responsibly, they really don’t work. A large percentage are never collected and doing away with fines does not affect the return of library materials. We felt it was time to add our library to the growing list of institutions throughout the country that have done away with the practice.”
Claire Landrum, board secretary, spent her career as a children’s librarian. She was the driving force behind the motion to become fine free, which easily gained traction with the rest of the board. “Overdue fines disproportionately affect children, especially those in vulnerable groups, and fixed-income seniors. Some families can’t allow their children to use the library because of fines, and nobody wants to have that uncomfortable conversation about debt.” Landrum included, “Everyone in the community benefits when children and seniors can access the resources they need.”
Because the library isn’t a tax-supported public library, there will still be a $10.00 fee for annual library cards, and fees for some services, such as using the public computers, printing, and making copies. Library materials will still have due dates of two weeks and patrons will still be expected to return library materials within the two-week checkout period. Patrons will receive notices reminding them that they have overdue materials, and they will be charged for materials not returned within 49 days of the due date (28 days for new books and DVDs). The library cards of patrons with materials not returned by the 49 or 28-day deadlines will be suspended. Those charges will be cleared and library cards reinstated once the items are returned. Patrons will also be responsible for replacement charges for materials that are lost or damaged. The library offers easy ways to renew materials by phone or by email, and items may be returned any time.
Jen Dixon, Office Manager
Portland author Dana Haynes will launch the Cannon Beach Library’s 2021-2022 NW Authors Series when he discusses his latest mystery thriller, “Sirocco,” on Sept. 11.
The presentation will be on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. Viewers don’t have to subscribe to Facebook; they can find the link on the library’s website, cannonbeachlibrary.org.
Haynes is the author of nine published mysteries and thrillers from Blackstone Publishing, St. Martin’s Press and Bantam Books. His latest series kicked off in 2019 with “St. Nicholas Salvage and Wrecking.” It was followed in January 2021 with the sequel, “Sirocco,” and will be followed in 2022 by “The Saint of Thieves.”
“Sirocco” continues to follow bounty hunters Michael Finnigan, a former New York City cop, and Katalin Fiero Dahar, a former Spanish assassin, as they operate in the shadowy underworld of international crime-hunting and are hunted by the world’s most dangerous terrorists.
Haynes is editor-in-chief of the Portland Tribune, an award-winning journalist, and a former political speechwriter. His short stories appeared this year in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen mystery magazines.
He lives in Portland with his wife, Katy King, and their cat, Violet.
The NW Authors Series, a committee of the Cannon Beach Library, sponsors monthly author talks and other events from September through May.
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Oregon Coast journalist Lori Tobias will talk about her book, “Storm Beat,” which chronicles her years covering the Oregon Coast for The Oregonian, during a Zoom/Facebook ` presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15.
The discussion is hosted by the Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series. To see her presentation, go to the library’s website, email@example.com and click on the Zoom link at the top of the page. Or, check the library’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/cannonbeachlibrary/ and roll down to “posts.”
People do not need to be members of Facebook to access the talk.
Tobias arrived on the Oregon Coast in 2000. After freelancing from Newport for several years, she signed on to The Oregonian as a stringer covering the coast from Florence to Astoria. Later, she was hired as a staff writer responsible for the entirety of the coast—one person for 363 miles. The job meant long hours, being called out for storms in the middle of the night in dangerous conditions and driving hundreds of miles in a day if stories called for it.
Tobias has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years, including time at the Rocky Mountain News as a columnist and features writer. She currently freelances for several publications and is a columnist for Oregon Arts Watch. Her novel, “Wander,” was published by Red Hen Press in 2016.
Tobias lives on the Oregon Coast with her husband Chan and rescue pups Luna and Monkey.
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Join bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, as the Cannon Beach Library hosts her on Zoom and Facebook.
To see her presentation, go to the library’s website, email@example.com and click on the Zoom link at the top of the page. Or, check the library’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/cannonbeachlibrary/ and roll down to “posts.”
Jance will present “J.A. Jance, Her Life and Times, 2021 Edition.” She will discuss what she’s working on now, what’s coming next and the origins of some of her popular characters.
She also will highlight her latest Joanna Brady book, Missing and Endangered.
Jance is a top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three inter-related thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds.
Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle with their two long-haired miniature dachshunds.
Jance is the latest author to participate in the Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series. Other authors’ presentations are available on the library’s website.
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Historian and journalist R. Gregory Nokes will deliver a Zoom presentation for Cannon Beach Library on March 20 about early Oregonians who were on opposite sides of the intense debate over whether Oregon should be a slave state.
His talk will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Check the Cannon Beach Library website, cannonbeachlibrary.org, for the Zoom link.
It’s little remembered today that the issue of slavery was the dominant issue facing delegates to Oregon’s Constitutional Convention in 1857. But the debate actually began much earlier when the first major wagon trains brought white settlers to Oregon, a few of whom came with slaves.
Nokes will discuss the two books he has written on Oregon slavery, “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory,” and “The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California.” Nokes will discuss a third book coming out this year, “Eminent Oregonians,” which includes a section on Jesse Applegate, who, as a delegate to the constitutional convention, carried the argument against slavery.
Nokes spent 40 years as a journalist with the Associated Press and The Oregonian. He was an AP foreign correspondent in Latin America and AP State Department correspondent in Washington, D.C.
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It’s a word everyone has heard constantly for nearly a year. But it can take on different meanings over time. Ten writers will read their works describing what “pandemic” means to them during the Writers Read Celebration, hosted by the Cannon Beach Library.
The Celebration begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 on Facebook Live. Viewers do not have to be Facebook members. To access the program, go to the library’s website at www.cannonbeachlibrary.organd click on the banner at the top of the page. The event can also be accessed by going to the library’s Facebook page.
Works to be read include stories, poems, essays, a haiku and limerick. From November through January, the Cannon Beach Library asked local residents and visitors to submit entries on the theme, “Pandemic,” to be read at the Writers Read Celebration. The pieces were to be no longer than 600 words.
A five-member panel selected 13 pieces from 51 without knowing who wrote them. The writers range from Vancouver, Washington to Salem, Oregon and include many from Clatsop and Tillamook counties.
The featured writers who will read their works are:
Laura E Bailey, story, “Not the Skin of a Well Man”
Nat Finn, story, “Hey-on, OldOld Man”
Lisa Mayfield, story/essay, “On Toilet Paper”
Jeanie McLaughlin, haiku, “Autumn Hope,” and limerick, “Ocean’s Remedy”
Robert Mushen, poem, “I Hope We Can Hug Again”
Russell Myers, poem, “Remembering Walter Gray”
Jennifer Nightingale, poem, “The Collective Voice,” and essay, “Resentment at the End of the Road”
Emily Ransdell, two poems, “Day Trip Through The Pandemic” and “Elegy, Interrupted”
L Swartz, story, “Scared”
Alana Thelen, poem, “Pandemic Feast”