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CANNON BEACH — From thousands of books residents and visitors donated to the Cannon Beach Library this past year, library volunteers have selected hundreds of rare, old and classic books for an annual Memorial Day Weekend fundraiser.
This year the Rare & Old Book Sale takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 26 to 28, at the library (131 N. Hemlock St.).
The books selected for this special sale range from $1 to $600 each — prices far lower than found online and in brick-and-mortar used bookstores. Most books are priced under $10. This sale features first-edition, author-signed, collectible, richly bound and simply interesting old books.
Collectors will find surprises, including many Modern Library and Everyman’s Library editions and numerous books signed by the late author Ursula K. Le Guin, a resident of Portland and Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach Library differs from a public library in that it is a member-owned nonprofit organization that has served the library and information needs of residents and visitors in Cannon Beach and Arch Cape since 1927.
The City of Cannon Beach provides a small subsidy to the library and patron fees help, but numerous fundraising events, such as this Memorial Day Weekend sale — along with donations from library members, residents and visitors, and proceeds from an always-open Book Sale Room — cover the costs of new books and videos, a paid office manager, building maintenance, office equipment, supplies and utility bills.
Volunteers managing the three-day book sale are also selling tickets to a drawing for a stunning handsewn, heirloom “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt donated by Marlene Laws, a longstanding library member.