Eighth Annual Lake Oswego Reads-2014
Lake Oswego Reads, the award winning community reading program produced by the Lake Oswego Library will participate in the statewide celebration of the William Stafford Centennial in 2014. Instead of selecting one book to read, residents are encouraged to read a variety of books written by or about William Stafford.
Bill Baars, Director of the Lake Oswego Public Library said, “The work of William Stafford is known throughout the world. Birthday celebrations are held annually throughout the U.S. and in places as far-flung and diverse as Japan, Scotland, Mexico, Sweden and Malaysia. But Lake Oswego is the place he called home. He bicycled to the supermarket, used the post office, dedicated the Library.”
He added, “Lake Oswego Reads 2014 – one community reads program of over 100 in Oregon that will be celebrating Stafford’s centenary – will give us the opportunity to learn just why the one time US Poet Laureate has achieved international fame, is so respected in the literary community, and continues to provide a significant influence on the lives of readers. With the rest of the state celebrating our local treasure, it should make for another fascinating program.”
In 2009, the Oregon Library Association sponsored Oregon Reads to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Oregon statehood. The program was a phenomenal success. In 2014, OLA is going to do it again and will be joining with many other organizations throughout the state in this centennial celebration.
Kim Stafford, the son of William said, “Sometimes you might see him still—the spirit of William Stafford happily browsing the back stacks of the Lake Oswego Library. And why not? Wasn’t this his favorite place? And now that spirit returns for the William Stafford Centennial 2014--our companion in reading, thinking, listening to one another.”