United for Libraries to designate Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/29/2017


Jillian Wentworth

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries


BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – United for Libraries, in partnership with Lehigh University and Bethlehem (Pa.) Area Public Library, will designate the library a Literary Landmark in honor of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) on Friday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m.

Growing up, H.D. (1886-1961) lived in a home located just across the plaza from the library, where city hall now stands. Her innovative and experimental poetry and prose established her as a leading Modernist artist in the 1910s and 1920s. She remains a key literary figure in the Lehigh Valley.

The dedication ceremony, which will be held at the Main Library, 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem, will include readings of H.D.’s work by Bethlehem Area Public Library Executive Director Josh Berk and Dr. Scott Paul Gordon of Lehigh University.     

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. Since the conception of the program in 1986, more than 160 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries; visit www.ala.org/united/products_services/literarylandmarks.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.