‘Coastal Encounters’ series at Driftwood Library

Bill Lackner will give presentations on crabbing and clamming during the annual “Coastal Encounters” lectures at Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City. (News-Times file photo)

The Driftwood Public Library will be hosting the 14th year of its “Coastal Encounters” series of lectures this month. Each year, the library invites a group of speakers and experts to present programs on their areas of interest. These presentations share a focus on coastal living, and presenters talk on a range of subjects from local history to activities both residents and visitors can enjoy on the coast. All presentations take place on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Bill Lackner, who joins the series every year to do presentations on clamming and crabbing, will visit the library on Tuesday, May 7, to speak about crabbing on the Oregon coast. The crabbing presentation will be followed by a field trip with Lackner to the north shore of Siletz Bay to go crabbing on Wednesday, May 8. Lackner will return with his annual presentation on clamming on Tuesday, May 21, followed by a field trip to Siletz Bay to hunt purple varnish clams on Wednesday, May 22.

On Tuesday, May 14, K Myers, co-author of the perennially popular pocket guide, “Agates of the Oregon Coast: An Illustrated Guide of Information on Agates, Jasper, Fossils and Petrified Wood Commonly Found on the Oregon Coast,” will be talking about agate hunting along local beaches, what people can expect to find and how to find it.

The series will conclude on Tuesday, May 28, when Jennifer Burns Bright visits with her Oregon Humanities Conversation Project: Why DIY (Do It Yourself)? Are we as self-sufficient as we can be? As we should be? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself? This conversation with Bright investigates why people strive to be makers and doers in a world that provides more conveniences than ever before. How might the “new industrial revolution” of tinkerers and crafters affect American schools and workplaces? How do maker spaces or skills courses foster greater engagement and involvement? What could be left behind when people increase self-sufficiency in a community? All kinds of DIY interests are welcome. Through shared stories, those attending will seek to understand more deeply how DIY functions in American life.

While all four programs at the library are free, those interested in taking part in Lackner’s clamming or crabbing field trips must purchase an Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife shellfish harvester’s license for each member of the family who wishes to participate in the field trips. For the clamming trip, participants will also need a clam bag and a clamming shovel. Shovels are available from Lackner for $28 the night of the clamming lecture. For the crabbing field trip, Lackner recommends the Crab Max folding crab traps, which can be purchased from local retailers or directly from him for $30 each (cash please) at the lecture. Crabbers should also bring a crab measure and a large packet of chicken legs for bait. Those taking part in either of the field trips should also wear layered clothing, gloves, sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops, please), be prepared for rain with appropriate gear and bring a 5-gallon bucket.  

All lectures are open to anyone who wishes to attend. The Friends of Driftwood Public Library are sponsoring the Coastal Encounters series and hope to help make a connection between visitors, residents and the community at large by providing an educational and entertaining program to the community.

Driftwood Public Library is located on the second floor of the Lincoln City Civic Center building at 801 SW Highway 101. For more information, contact Ken Hobson, circulation supervisor, at 541-996-1242 or [email protected]

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