Kelly has been the library's circulation division manager for the past three years

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Melissa Kelly was named director of the Lake Oswego Public Library on Wednesday. She will succeed Bill Baars, who retires on Oct. 1.Melissa Kelly has been named the new director of the Lake Oswego Public Library, succeeding retiring director Bill Baars.

Kelly has served for the past three years as the manager of the library's circulation division and previously served as the director of the Canby Public Library. She holds a B.A. in English from Willamette University and a Masters of Library and Information Services from San Jose State University.

"I am thrilled that Melissa will be the Lake Oswego Public Library's next director! No one knows more than I what a wonderful community this is, and I know that the library will thrive under her leadership," Baars said. "She is smart, dedicated, enthusiastic and she has well demonstrated her abilities to run a library efficiently and smoothly. I am as excited for Melissa as I am for our library community. She will be terrific!"

Lake Oswego City Manager Scott Lazenby announced the decision Wednesday morning.

"I heard nothing but positive comments from her peers in the Clackamas County network of libraries," Lazenby said. "As evidence, they selected her to chair the group responsible for moving to the use of RFID for all libraries in the county. Closer to home, she managed the recent $1 million-plus upgrade to our own library, handling the huge volume of materials our library circulates without a hitch even as the space was being reconstructed."

Baars' retirement takes effect Oct. 1, and Kelly will take over on the same day. Look for more coverage of Kelly's appointment in next week's issue of The Review or online at

— Anthony Macuk

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