Decision will wait until after May vote

Canby’s Public Library’s manager position will stay vacant for a while.

That’s the decision of the city of Canby as it awaits the results of the May advisory vote on a new library-civic facility building project and after finding the applicants for the job less than hoped for.

“We conducted a recruitment but did not receive a sufficient response,” said Amanda Zeiber, interim city administrator. “Since the construction of a new facility was still an unknown, we elected to postpone the recruitment until after the May advisory vote. Once we know whether or not a construction project will move forward, we will re-evaluate the position and make any decisions about further recruitment.”

Currently, Melissa Kelly is serving as the city’s interim library manager and will continue in that role through the end of this fiscal year.

Kelly joined the library staff in October as library supervisor but has also been handling director duties with the help of Zeiber.

Former director Penny Hummel resigned her position in early October after four years at the post. Several weeks after Hummel’s resignation, the position was posted, but didn’t receive the type of response the city had hoped for.

The city recruited Hummel to revitalize the library and help plan a new library. A plan to build a library on Second Avenue was deemed by the project team as the best and least expensive option.

During Hummel’s tenure, the library improved its collection, added story time, author talk and musical programs and increased usage significantly. She is currently serving as the president of the Oregon Library Association.

Canby Public Library Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday – 1-8 p.m.

Sunday – noon – 5 p.m.

For information: 503-266-3394.

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