On June 22, we were pleased to participate in the grand re-opening ceremony of the Barbara Bush Branch Library and the Pauline Robin Bush Children’s Library , which had been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. During the event, we presented a $200,000 gift to the Harris County Public Library to advance Mrs. Bush’s legacy. Funds, provided in partnership with our long-standing corporate partner, Phillips 66 , expands our original commitment of $25,000 requested by Mrs. Bush just weeks prior to her passing to create a special area at the Barbara Bush Branch Library, modeled after Family Place Library™.
The more significant investment will be used by the Harris County Public Library system to create “George and Barbara Bush Family Centers” in a total of eight county library locations. The centers will be a place for families and children to stimulate learning, as well as provide staff with specialized training to expand programs specifically for toddlers and their parents. In addition, the specially-designed spaces will feature interactive materials, early literacy kits, games, toys, music and multimedia resources, learning stations, and of course, books.
“ Barbara was passionate about family literacy, because she believed that a parent is a child’s first and most important teacher,” said President George H.W. Bush. “I hope that families who visit the libraries will be empowered to support their child’s early learning and development and create a special bond by reading together as Barbara had envisioned.”
The $200,000 grant comes on the heels of the recent $350,000 investment made our Ladies for Literacy Guild in the Curiosity Cruiser mobile library which was donated to the Harris County Public Library.
We are excited about our continued partnership with public libraries across the greater Houston area, and are confident that if we continue to do the right things and make the right investments such as these, the future of our families and our city will be much, much brighter.