Anyone coming of age within the last 29 years would be hard pressed to find a reading program not touched in some way by Barbara Bush’s influence.
After establishing the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Bush advocated tirelessly for literacy across the nation and internationally. Over the past 29 years, the Foundation has raised and provided more than $110 million in support to create or expand family literacy programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Supporting 160 programs nationwide, the foundation is now the single largest provider of literacy services to adults in the U.S. who read below a third-grade level.
Despite her work with the foundation, most simply know Barbara Bush as a literacy advocate. She truly believed that literacy could change the world by giving citizens the tools they needed to succeed. Here in Precinct 4, we proudly support Barbara Bush’s efforts. The Barbara Bush Library has always been one of the area’s most popular libraries featuring events, children’s activities, reading programs, and a wide selection of books.
Many were devastated last year when HCPL closed the library due to flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. It’s been a long road, but we’re excited to announce that the library is now open. Join HCPL in continuing to honor Barbara Bush’s legacy with a grand opening celebration planned for June 2018. Stay tuned for details!