Whatever Happened to Ina Greene?

Ina GreeneIna Greene was hired as Red Deer Public Library's first librarian in 1914 at the age of 17. She moved with her family to Medicine Hat in August 1916 after her father was appointed a District Court Judge. Ina worked in law offices in Medicine Hat before spending several years working in Montreal and Toronto. She took art classes from Arthur Lismer, a member of the Group of Seven, and received a painting from him before returning to the West in 1930. Ina married Patrick Scanlan and the couple homesteaded for about 10 years in the Winding Trail School District, about 12 miles from Athabasca. After returning south in 1931 (1941?), and following a short training session on librarianship in Calgary, she eventually became Medicine Hat's first Children's Librarian, a position she held for 12 years until her retirement in 1960. During the 1950's, she read stories on CHAT radio every week. Her live Story Time readings were so popular they outgrew the library and had to be held at the Monarch Theatre before the Saturday matinee. On her retirement from the library, she was honored with the establishment of a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a Medicine Hat resident wanting to study library science anywhere in Canada.