Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Adventures on Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail

The Newport Public Library Foundation announces Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail, by Oregon author Bob Welch, as the community read for 2014.

People have two months to read the book and be ready to participate in events scheduled for April. Copies of Cascade Summer are available at the library and in local book stores. This year's program includes something for everyone: kids, families, hikers, history buffs, and cocoa drinkers.

On Tuesday, April 8, at noon in the library's McEntee Room, the Reading Circle will discuss Cascade Summer and compare it to Cheryl Strayed's Wild, another book by an Oregon author on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Bring your lunch and share your thoughts.

On Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m. at Mike Miller Park, local naturalist Linda Brodeur will lead a short and easy family hike, enlivened with fun and educational facts. The hike will end at the Community Room of Oregon Coast Community College with trail mix, hot cocoa, and cookies.

At 2:30 p.m. on April 13 in the OCCC Community Room, hikers and history buffs will enjoy a presentation by Stephen R. Mark, National Park Service historian, titled "John Breckenridge Waldo Oregon's Own Thoreau." Judge Waldo was an early preservationist who hiked most of the mountains and trails of the Cascades in the early 20th century. Pages from his hiking diary are featured in Cascade Summer.

On Thursday, April 24, Bob Welch will speak at three venues: 
  • He will begin the morning with a writing workshop with Newport High School students. 
  • At 2:00 p.m., he'll share his picture book, The Keyboard Kitten : An Oregon Children's Story, with students at Sam Case Elementary. This event is hosted by the library foundation and the Sam Case Booster Club. 
  • At 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Welch will discuss Cascade Summer and highlights of his trek. Copies of the book will be on sale. A question-and-answer session and a book signing will follow his presentation.
Bob Welch, the award-winning writer of 15 books and nearly 2,000 columns for The Register-Guard, is Oregon's storyteller extraordinaire. Cascade Summer was released to rave reviews in 2012. Principal Researcher at Sunriver Nature Center says, "This is no travelogue of a trail, but a human adventure that brings into play unexpected challenges, unexpected heroes, and an unexpected ending. A gold-star read."

The Newport Public Library Foundation supports community programs for the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye. More information is available by calling 541-265-2153 or going online at

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