United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Jon Hassler

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/27/2014


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries


PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Minnesota Association of Library Friends, Central Lakes College Foundation and Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, designated the library at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn., a Literary Landmark in honor of Jon Hassler on Friday, May 16.

Jon Hassler (1933-2008) launched his career while teaching at Brainerd Community College (now Central Lakes College). Hassler was a novelist who captured small town life as it took place in Minnesota towns such as Staggerford and Rookery.

Central Lakes College (CLC) Librarian Emeritus Larry Kellerman served as master of ceremonies at the dedication, which was attended by more than 70 people. Featured at the dedication were CLC President Dr. Larry Lundblad; CLC Foundation Director Pam Thomsen; Hassler’s family members, daughter Liz and son Michael; Joan Larson of Minnesota Association of Library Friends; Joe Owens, board member of Minnesota Association of Library Friends, and Friends of the Brainerd Public Library President Sheila DeChantel.

Hassler’s longtime friend Joseph Plut, who authored “Conversations with Jon Hassler,” read a letter from one of Hassler’s former students, Dr. Patrick Hicks, who credits Hassler with much of his writing success. Plut also read from Hassler’s “Simon’s Night” and “My Simon’s Night Journal,” which have recently been released. Friends of the Brainerd Public Library hosted a reception following the dedication ceremony,

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. 

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.