A special ceremony to designate the Lake Oswego Public Library as a Literary Landmark was held Feb. 25, as one of the closing celebrations of Lake Oswego Reads and to honor William Stafford’s connection to the library. The designation was sought by members of the Friends of Lake Oswego Public Library.

“Last month the Friends of Lake Oswego Public Library prepared an application to have William Stafford’s connection to the Lake Oswego Library recognized with a Literary Landmark plaque,” said Terry Huber, president of the Friends organization. “Our application was approved overnight by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.”

Huber said the Literary Landmark Association was founded in 1986 to encourage the dedication of historic literary sites. Dedications have included homes of famous writers such as Tennessee Williams, Marjorie Kinnman Rawlings and William Faulkner. Recent additions include the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, Miss., the Ernest Hemmingway Home and Museum and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. In all, more than 130 Literary Landmarks have been dedicated across the nation.

The plaque will be mounted in a prominent location at the library, according to Bill Baars, library director.

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