For immediate release | March 25, 2014

United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for William Stafford

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Friends of Lake Oswego (Ore.) Public Library designated the library a Literary Landmark in honor of William Stafford on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The state of Oregon is celebrating the William Stafford Centennial during 2014. He was poet laureate of Oregon 1975-79 and poetry consultant to Library of Congress 1970-71. Between 1960 and 1993, he wrote more than 60 published collections, including 12 full-length books of poems. All but one of his books was written in Oregon. During the 46 years he lived in Lake Oswego he was an ardent supporter of the Lake Oswego Public Library, and he dedicated the present library in 1983. Stafford received the National Book Award for his poetry collection “Traveling Through the Dark” (1963).

The dedication was the concluding event of a month-long Lake Oswego (Ore.) Reads program honoring Stafford. The event was held at the Lake Oswego Public Library prior to a talk by Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon. Friends President Terry Huber opened the dedication ceremony with an explanation of the plaque and its importance to the library and community.

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


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