Yorkville Community School to be designated a Literary Landmark by United for Libraries

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/29/2014


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries


PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Yorkville Community School PTA, will designate the Yorkville Community School on East 88th Street in New York City a Literary Landmark in honor of Bernard Waber at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

East 88th Street was made famous by children's author/illustrator Bernard Waber in his book “The House on East 88th Street.” The 1962 book, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, introduced the character Lyle the Crocodile to the world of children’s literature. The story is about a family named the Primms who move into an old Victorian brownstone, only to find a performing crocodile named Lyle living in the bathtub. The dedication will take place during Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014).

A United for Libraries bronze Literary Landmark plaque will be unveiled during the ceremony.  It will later be mounted on the exterior of the Yorkville School, which is similar to the school that the Primm children attended.

Bernard Waber (1921-2013) was the creator of more than 30 books for young readers. In 1955, Waber and his family moved from their native Philadelphia to New York, a city “they loved at once.”  In addition to his books about Lyle the Crocodile, Mr. Waber is the creator of the beloved “Ira Sleeps Over” (1975) and “Courage” (2002). 

Media planning on attending the event should call the school (212) 722-5240 to be placed on a media list.  Inquiries may be director to Rocco Staino (914) 475-3857 or rstaino@yahoo.com.

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 130 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. 

Empire State Center for the Book is the New York State affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book that promotes literature, literacy and libraries in the state.

Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. It is administered by Every Child A Reader & sponsored by the Children's Book Council.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Trade & Consumer Publishing (HMH) division has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works in hardcover, trade paperback.  HMH publishes a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg and David Wiesner. 

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those 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.