For immediate release | May 20, 2014

United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Bernard Waber

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with Empire State Center for the Book, the Children’s Book Council, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Yorkville Community School PTA, designated Yorkville Community School in New York City a Literary Landmark in honor of Bernard Waber on Wednesday, May 14.

The ceremony, which took place during Children’s Book Week (May 12-18), featured music by the Yorkville Community School Second Grade Chorus and a reading by Waber’s grandchildren. Speakers included Rocco Staino, director, Empire State Center for the Book; Betsy Groban, senior vice president and publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; Paulis Waber, author of “Lyle Walks the Dogs” and Waber’s daughter; Robin Adelson, executive director, the Children’s Book Council; Samantha Kaplan, principal, Yorkville Community School, and Virginia Stanley, board member, United for Libraries.

Author and illustrator Bernard Waber (1921-2013) used East 88th Street as a setting for his cherished Lyle the Crocodile picture books, starting with “The House on East 88th Street” in 1962. Lyle, a lovable and entertaining crocodile, lives in a typical brownstone on East 88th Street with the Primm family, and the Primm children attend a school much like Yorkville Community School.

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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