Blog Post November 10, 2016

It’s Time for Mystery Weekend!

Mystery Weekend is nearly upon us. Here’s a look at what’s happening Friday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 20 in Manzanita and nearby Nehalem.


The fun begins Friday, Nov. 18 with two evening events. The Riverbend Players present “Dead Give Away” at 7 p.m. at the NCRD Performing Arts Center in Nehalem. Admission is $15. 

At 7:30, in Manzanita, the Hoffman Center for the Arts is host to a mystery movie presentation of “If There’s A Hell Below.” Admission is  $5 at the door


The North Tillamook Library gets into the act on Saturday with a mystery version of Story Time for Children featuring “Where’s My Teddy,” by Jez Alborough, at 11 a.m. at the library, 571 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. The first 10 families attending the event will receive a free book.

If you’ve never played Mystery Recycling Bingo, now’s your chance. CARTM is host to this all-day free event at CARTM from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meanwhile NCRD, by popular demand, brings back a Live Clue Experience, a family-oriented whodunnit with free prizes and snacks from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Hoffman Center events on Saturday include a Writing Scary workshop by author Cat Winters from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register on the Hoffman blog. Cost is $30. Winters will read from her new novel “Yesternight” at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center, which will be followed by the Writer’s Series Open Mic with the theme “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night” for those wishing to share their creations. Admission is $7 at the door.


Mystery Weekend wraps up with the Mystery Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library featuring gently-used mystery books with proceeds helping to support library building maintenance. 

And, if you missed the Riverbend Players presentation of “Dead Give Away,” at the NCRD Performing Arts Center, you have another opportunity at 2 p.m. Admission is $15.

North Tillamook Library Board Quarterly Meeting

North Tillamook Library Friends are invited to attend the next quarterly board meeting at the Library on Saturday November 19 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

The Value of Libraries to Community

More than just books, magazines and a bank of computers, libraries are still places where individuals gather to explore, interact, and imagine. A while back the Public Library Association decided to take a look at some of the specific ways in which libraries add value to our communities and serve as cultural centers for our patrons. It is quite a list:


Are Books Doomed? Not So Fast…

We regularly read stories about the demise of the printed book, that the “digital revolution” is upending old forms of communication. But two academics that have studied the evolution of communication say periods of great technological change have always brought about predictions of the demise of existing media.

“The ones who still worry for the disappearance of print books may rest assured: Books have endured many technical revolutions, and are in the best position to survive this one.”

Here’s the full story:


 What Friends are Reading…

 Undermajordomo Minor, by Patrick DeWitt

Portland-based author of The Sisters Brothers, Patrick DeWitt once again evokes a 19th century setting in convincing detail, but instead of the Wild West, we find ourselves in a corner of Europe complete with muddy villages and fortified castles, aristocrats and pickpockets, fair maids and feudal soldiers. The unlikely hero of this tale, Lucien Minor, is a young man who finds work assisting the majordomo (supervisor) of a decrepit castle owned by a baron with significant mental health issues. DeWitt’s storytelling is reminiscent of Isak Dinesen, with characters who are believable and surprising, and plot lines that are unconventional while remaining true to the conventions of the folk tale. The prose is at once formal and unpretentious, serious and witty. This book is perfect immersive winter reading next to a fireplace on a stormy weekend.

– Review submitted by Andy Barker of Manzanita