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Column: The Return of National Interlibrary Loan Services | Community

Through a generous agreement with Seaside Public Library, Cannon Beach Library will once again offer patrons interlibrary loan services across the United States as well as continued access to materials through Seaside, Astoria and Warrenton Libraries. .

ILL services are limited to a maximum of two requests per month for items not available in the Cannon Beach Library collection. Items requested from the Seaside, Astoria or Warrenton libraries will likely arrive within a few days. Those requested from libraries participating in the national consortium can take several weeks to arrive.

Requested items will arrive on Wednesday and customers will be notified of their arrival. To ensure continuity of interlibrary loan services, the library asks patrons to return materials promptly and to request extensions or renewals at least three days before the due date.

Although the library board has removed fines for books returned after the due date, customers must still return books or renew them before the due date. Library materials are always due two weeks after they are checked out.

Customers will be charged a replacement fee for books not returned within 49 days or for new books not returned within 28 days. Customers also remain responsible for the cost of replacing lost or damaged hardware.

Items can be renewed by phone or e-mail. They can also be returned at any time to the outside drop box.

In March, the Acquisitions Committee, chaired by Linda Sugano, added 18 new titles to the Cannon Beach Library collection, including seven novels, five mystery novels and six nonfiction books.

The six nonfiction tracks include “A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance” by Hanif Abdurraqib, “This Is Not for You: An Activist’s Journey of Resistance and Resilience” by Richard Brown with Brian Benson, and “The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found” by Frank Bruni.

Other non-fiction titles added include “Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City” by Andrea Elliott, “Orwell’s Roses” by Rebecca Solnit, and “The Founders: The Story of PayPal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley” by Jimmy Soni.

Novels added to the library include “Her Hidden Genius” by Marie Benedict, “Booth” by Karen Joy Fowler, “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez, “How to Find Your Way Home” by Katy Regan, “French Braid” by ‘Anne Tyler, “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson and “Even the Dog Knows” by Jason F. Wright.

The mysteries added in March were “Murder at the Porte de Versailles” by Cara Black, “Disorientation” by Elaine Hsieh Chou, “Give to Others” by Donna Leon, “A Sunlit Weapon” by Jacqueline Winspear and “Murder in Chianti” by Camilla Trinchieri.

On Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m., the World of Haystack Rock Library Speaker Series will feature Hillary Burgess, Monitoring Coordinator for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, and Jesse Jones, Volunteer Coordinator for CoastWatch. They will present “Tackling Marine Debris with Citizen Science: NOAA’s Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project in Oregon”, via Facebook Live @Friends of Haystack.

Based in Seattle, Burgess’ career and academic training have focused on public engagement in conservation and environmental science. Jones, who lives in Astoria, works with volunteers from Fort Stevens at the Winchuck River on the California-Oregon border for CoastWatch, a program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

On Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m., the library’s Northwest Authors series will host Omar El Akkad, a best-selling Egyptian-Canadian novelist and journalist who now lives in Portland. El Akkad will discuss via Facebook his international bestseller “American War” from 2017 and his recent “What Strange Paradise”.

‘American War,’ a post-apocalyptic novel set during a second American Civil War at the end of the 21st century, features a country and world torn by war, fossil fuel conflicts, environmental disasters and a plague. who rages.

“American War” received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, the Oregon Book Award, and the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Award of $10,000.

“What Strange Paradise,” a 2021 New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year, is a finalist for the 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize and the 2022 Oregon Book Prize.

El Akkad’s second novel tells the story of a nine-year-old Syrian boy who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck of Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland.

For its reporting on the war on terror in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and other places around the world, El Akkad won a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Reporting and the Goff Penny Award for Young Journalists.

The Northwest El Akkad authors presentation can be reached from Facebook at www. cannonbeachlibrary/ by clicking on the posts or by going to the library home page and clicking on the banner.

On Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m., Marjorie MacQueen will lead members of Cannon Beach Reads, the library’s reading group, in a discussion of Bill Bryson’s “Notes from a Small Island.” This meeting can be joined via Zoom, but – for the first time in two years, can meet again in person at the library where masks and social distancing will be required.

Bryson, originally from Des Moines, Iowa, holds dual citizenship in the United States and Great Britain. “Notes from a Small Island” especially reminds me of Mark Twain’s sometimes vicious tendency to “damn with faint praise”.

I’ll end with an example from Bryson’s travel diary in “Notes from a Small Island.”

“I have never had a train conversation that was not disastrous or at least regretted. Typically, the person whose company I have encouraged is found to have a severe mental disorder that manifests as prolonged, helpless murmuring and crying, or is a sales representative for Hoze-Blo Stucco Company. . . or who wants to tell you all about his operation for rectal cancer and then make you guess where he keeps his colon ostomy bag. . . or is a recruiter for the Branch Davidians or one of ten thousand other things I’d rather be spared.

“Notes from a Small Island” was the first of Bryson’s writings that I read, and this example of his not-so-delicate mind convinced me to sample more of his eighteen books. I hope some readers will do the same.