Some History on the Canby Public Library

I learned the history of the Library from the new “Canby Public Library Volunteer Handbook” at the Library board meeting this week.

It reads: “The Canby Women’s Civic Club was formed in 1924 by ‘ladies interested in a better community and a clean and attractive city.’ In addition to civic projects such as tree planting, the Canby Women’s Civic Club began a small volunteer library in 1925 but soon realized that the community deserved more. In 1935, the group endorsed a proper library for Canby and 3 of its members led the way towards making this dream a reality. In 1937, Portia Shewey, Mabel Gabriel, and Edna Johnson went door-to-door to ask for the community’s support, gathering 643 books and a ‘tidy sum of cash’ to start a public library.”

Thank you, early 20th century Canby Women’s Civic Club!

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