Chronicle: Library elections, sale of rare & old books, Omar El Akkad on recent novels | Community

Let’s start with some reminders and announcements of upcoming events at the Camron Beach Library.

All library members who have paid their current dues (May 2021 through May 2022) should have received a packet containing a ballot, voter guide and return envelope for the election of officers and members of the Cannon Beach Library Board. The package also contains a membership renewal form for next year.

Library members vote for board members and members-at-large. This year, four candidates are returning for the four officer positions. There are six candidates vying for five general membership vacancies, three are returning and three are new candidates. The voter’s guide contains information about candidates.

Members who believe their dues have been paid but have not received a ballot should contact Office Manager Jen Dixon as soon as possible. Only ballots received at the library office by Friday, May 6 will be counted.

Library membership runs from May to May, which means now is the time for renewal. To save on postage, renewal forms have been included in this month’s council election package. Members can also save postage by renewing online at

It’s also a great time to become a new library member, which is easy to do online. Individual membership dues are $10 per year per person. Becoming a library member is different from purchasing a library card, residents and visitors to the North Shore are encouraged to both become a library member and purchase a library card.

Members contribute to all facets of library operations and contribute to library decision-making, which includes electing board members and officers, serving on library committees, and deciding on volunteer activities at the library.

Members are invited to seven monthly brunch meetings held at the library each year, meetings which include guest speakers on topics of interest to residents and visitors to Cannon Beach, Tolovana Park and Arch Cape.

Members receive a monthly newsletter, notifications of events and functions, and the annual member directory. More valuable, members make new friends as they become more involved in their community and understand it better.

The Spring Art and Music Book Sale begins Friday, May 6 and ends Saturday, May 14, during regular library hours.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy great art and music books at great prices, especially when buying three books gets bibliophiles a fourth book for free.

The same four books for the price of three will apply during the Memorial Day Old and Rare Book Sale, Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, and the Fourth of July Book Sale, Friday, July 1. , until Monday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will end at 4 p.m. on July 4.

Volunteers are especially needed to help with the July 4 sale, which will include lightly used books that have accumulated over the past three years. This should break all records for this traditional fundraising event that promises a lot of work and a lot of fun. Volunteers will serve as cashiers, baggers, table managers, sales assistants and restockers during this very big event.

On Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m., Marjorie MacQueen will lead Cannon Beach Reads members in a Zoom discussion of Bill Bryson’s “Notes from a Small Island.”

A previous column suggested that CB Reads could return to in-person meetings at the library. A survey of former reading group participants, however, showed little enthusiasm for returning to in-person discussions at this time.

The lackluster investigative result came after an April 2 Gridiron Club dinner party became another DC superspreader where at least 53 government officials, including Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and the California representative Adam Schiff have contracted Covid.

This news dampened my enthusiasm to find myself, even with everyone in masks, around a small table in the Cannon Beach library on a cold spring evening. Cannon Beach Reads will likely continue Zoom meetings for a few more months as the latest Covid surge passes.

The reading group welcomes new participants. If you’re interested, let me know via email ([email protected]). You will be added to the group’s mailing list and receive invites to Zoom sessions in April and beyond.

Upcoming Cannon Beach Reads meetings will see Arthur Broten leading a discussion on George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” on May 18, Mary Lloyd leading the discussion on Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” on June 15, Phyllis Bernt will moderate the group discussion on “A Death in the Family” by James Agee on July 20 and Lila Wickham will lead a discussion on “Polio: An American Story” by David M. Oshinsky on August 17.

The library has just added a copy of “Polio”, new to the library although published in 2005, to its red shelf of important but neglected titles. It’s a narrative that today’s medical researchers, groping through miscommunication regarding their campaign against Covid, could have benefited from. Certainly, today’s scientists would recognize the downside of sending mixed messages to support false hopes of a magic panacea.

Oshinsky’s in-depth history of polio epidemics focuses primarily on those that occurred in the United States during the 20th century, particularly those following World War II and the journey of the middle class to communities safe and clean suburbs.

The mid-century polio epidemic that so frightened Americans who fled to the suburbs of crowded cities, filthy industries, inadequate housing, immigrants, unsuccessful farmers and transplants from the southern United States also left behind environmental conditions that provided infant immunity to the dreaded disease.

The most important focus of this truly formidable medical history is reflected in its long subtitle: “The crusade that mobilized the nation against the most feared disease of the 20th century.”

Oshinsky begins “Polio” with an ambitious Franklin Delano Roosevelt, born into the American aristocracy, contracting poliomyelitis in 1921.

This led to the future president buying Warm Springs as a polio clinic and establishing the Warm Springs Foundation in 1926 to support the search for a cure.

In 1938, FDR renamed its Polio Recovery Center the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. To support the NFIP and its extensive research program, Hollywood artist Eddie Cantor, a close friend of Roosevelt, met with a group of other artists to plan a fundraising campaign.

Cantor suggested the campaign be called “The March of Dimes,” a bit of a pun on the popular “March of Time” newsreels that predated major feature films in theaters. Cantor, along with Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Rudy Valee, Edgar Bergen and other radio stars have launched “The March of Dimes” on their programs, suggesting that everyone from young children to corporate moguls are flooding the White House dime for polio research around January 30. , FDR’s birthday.

And almost all grateful Democrats did.

Ira T. Smith, who ran the White House Mailroom at the time, noted that daily letter volume normally averaged 5,000 letters. On the first day of the “March of Dimes” campaign, however, 30,000 letters arrived, 50,000 on the second day and 150,000 on the third day.

“We kept getting incredible numbers and the United States government almost shut down,” Smith claims, “because we couldn’t free up enough money, plus thousands of dollars in checks and small bills. It took four months before we cleared the debris.

Final result of this first “March of Dimes” campaign: 2,680,000 dimes and thousands of dollars in checks and small bills.

I still remember being given a card with slots to insert dimes for my elementary school “March of Dimes” reader and dutifully handing over a card full of dimes. Almost every student in my class of fifty did the same thing.

Between shaking parents for change and scouring the roads around Beaverton for returnable bottles, students at St. Cecelia Elementary School have provided around $400 for March of Dimes grants to dueling scientists , first $400,472 to Jonas Salk in 1953 for his killed virus vaccine and later millions to Albert Sabin for trials of his live virus vaccine.

In 1996, after the deaths of Sabin and Salk, all remaining cases of poliomyelitis were caused by the use of Sabin’s live virus vaccine. In 2000, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the exclusive use of Salk’s killed virus vaccine to absolutely eliminate poliomyelitis from the Western Hemisphere.

Despite contributions from Dr. Jonas Salk, the country’s most popular medical scientist, and Dr. Albert Sabin, the academy’s iconic polio researcher, neither received the Nobel Prize they both deserved. for allaying the global fear of polio. And almost eradicate the disease itself.

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