City Welcomes New Director of the Canby Public Library

The city has hired the former deputy director of the Salem library system, Danny Smith, to replace Canby Public Library Director Irene Green, who retired last month and moved to the East Coast to be closer to family.

Smith enjoyed a long stint as the deputy director of the capital city’s libraries, including a couple of years serving as interim director, and will be starting in his new position Monday, Sept. 21.

“We’re excited to have Danny on board,” Councilor Shawn Varwig told his fellow members of the Canby City Council Wednesday night. “We’re looking forward to meeting him and seeing what he can do to fill the shoes of the great Irene Green.”

He will step into a position that has shifted considerably this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The library, like the rest of the Canby Civic Building, has been closed to the public since March, and many of its normal services have been curtailed or highly modified.

In more recent months, the library has pivoted to distance and online programming, reopened its book drop and began reissuing materials, and has developed a cautious, staged reopening plan that follows the county and city’s phased approach.

Former Canby Public Library Director Irene Green bids farewell to city staff and community volunteers during a retirement ceremony on Aug. 14. Photo by Tyler Francke.

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