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Ideson, Jones, and Bush: The Library Legacy Block of Downtown Houston

The three namesakes of the Central Houston Public Library block, Julia Ideson, Jesse H. Jones, and Barbara Bush, have legacies that span a century, a multitude of industries, reaching into communities, and enriching the lives of families and children everywhere.

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The African American Library at the Gregory School

“The history of The Gregory School is extraordinary, and so is working here. As the community liaison, my job is to bring the community in to the library, and take the library out to the community. “

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2018 Beyond the Page Luncheon

Ron Chernow will take us Beyond the Page and onto the stage with his featured presentation, The Man and the Musical: Alexander Hamilton at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston.

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Be a Part of the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

This welcoming space will extend the Houston Public Library’s mission outside of its physical walls and into the outdoors. Being a part of the plaza means you are part of a cause that elevates your community!

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Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

A physical focal point for literacy

The new Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza will send a clear and transformational message that literacy is a priority in Houston, just as it is a priority for our incredible Houston Public Library.

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The Foundation focuses on matching the Library’s program activities with philanthropists, organizations, and businesses who share our vision for a better tomorrow.

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Join the Julia Ideson Society

Charitable Bequests and Charitable Remainder Trusts to the Foundation help us to fulfill our mission of inspiring lifelong learning, advancing knowledge, and strengthening our communities.