United for Libraries to designate Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine a Literary Landmark in honor of L’Engle

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/06/2012

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Jillian Kalonick
Marketing / Public Relations
United for Libraries (United)
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PHILADELPHIA —  United for Libraries will designate the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York a Literary Landmark in honor of Madeleine L’Engle on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The Literary Landmark will be dedicated to recognize the church’s connection with L’Engle, a legendary children’s author who wrote the literary classic “A Wrinkle in Time” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962). She served as the church’s librarian for more than 40 years.

The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the cathedral, followed by Evensong and a reception. During the dedication, Leonard S. Marcus, children’s literature historian and author of “Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), will speak about L’Engle and her connection to the cathedral.

Partnering with United for Libraries for the dedication are the Empire State Center for the Book, the Children’s Book Council and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a division of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

“It is very appropriate that we dedicate this landmark on November 29 because it would have been L’Engle’s 94th birthday,” said Rocco Staino, director of the Empire State Center for the Book.

The sponsors proposed this year for the memorial because it marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of "A Wrinkle in Time," for which L’Engle received the prestigious Newbery Medal. 

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 120 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. More information is available on the United for Libraries website. 

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.

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