-THREE BOOK EVENTS on tap for aficionados in the coming week:

At 7 p.m. March 16 at Waking Owl Books, 208 S. 13th East, Lucia Gilbert will sign copies of her new book, "Sharing It All: The Rewards and Struggles of Two-Career Families." The reading is free and open to the public. The phone number at the Owl is 582-7323.Hibernians will gather for an evening of Irish verse beginning at 8 p.m. March 14 in the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane. Information is available at 596-5000. The reading is free.

And the Cowboy Cobbler Shop will have readings of cowboy poetry every Friday at 6:30 p.m. The shop is at 628 S. West Temple. "Cob" Roundy will be doing the honors this week. There's a $2 charge for that one. It's refundable if you buy some of Cob's wares. Call 328-266 for information.

-A 60-VOLUME SET of writings of major American authors has been donated to the Dixie College Library by the Andrew A. Mellon Foundation, the Utah Endowment for the Humanities, and Mr. and Mrs. David A. Dolowitz.

"Though many of these authors are represented in other monographs in our library, this collection provides the best of American literature in one series," said librarian Audrey Shumway.

The set is titled "Library of America." It was published in 1982 in an effort to restore America's literary heritage.

Dixie College President Douglas D. Alder reminded the public that the library is open for use, and he encouraged public use of the new series.

-FIFTY YEARS after his death, tourists by the busload and in a procession of rental cars pay scant heed to the epitaph William Butler Yeats had carved on his tombstone in the little churchyard in Drumcliff, Ireland:

Cast a cold eye

On life, on death.

Horseman, pass by!

Last year, 50,000 visitors from as far away as Japan and Australia trooped into the Church of Ireland graveyard. Some carried well-thumbed volumes by the Nobel laureate regarded by many as the most sublime poet of the English language since Milton. (AP)

-A GROUP of leading authors and publishers, saying 80 million books printed on acidic paper are now disintegrating in U.S. libraries, have begun a "crusade" for the use of longer-lasting alkaline paper in books.

A document signed by 46 authors and 46 publishers at the New York Public Library declared a commitment "to use acid-free paper for all first printings of quality hardcover trade books in order to preserve the printed word and safeguard our cultural heritage for future generations." (UPI)