PEPPERELL -- While Barbara Cooney's award-winning book "Miss Rumphius" has long been on the shelves in the children's room, the Lawrence Library will honor Cooney further with a ceremony on Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will celebrate the recent designation of the library as a United for Libraries Literary Landmark.

The Lawrence Library is featured in the pages of Cooney's picture book "Miss Rumphius," which won the National Book Award in 1983.

Cooney lived in Pepperell with her husband, Dr. Charles Talbot Porter, while he practiced medicine in town, and later moved to Damariscotta, Maine.

Before her passing in 2000 at age 83, she confessed that "Miss Rumphius," a story about a well-traveled older lady who seeks to make the world more beautiful and finds her way to do so by spreading lupine seed around her seaside dwelling, is as close to an autobiography as she might ever get.

"We are so proud to become a landmark in Cooney's memory," said Library Director Debra Spratt.

This program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Lawrence Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

The Lawrence Library is a vivid community center for more than 3,000 families in Pepperell. The building was dedicated in 1901 was a gift by Charles Farrar Lawrence, who bequeathed the funds for the purchase of the land, design, construction and the furnishing of the building.


For more information about this event, please contact Tina McEvoy at 978-433-0330 or by emailing The library is located at 15 Main Street in Pepperell.