Before HBO there was HeLa

Henrietta Lacks sparked a medical revolution. Changing, saving and enriching the lives of countless individuals all over the world. Our inaugural Beyond the Page Luncheon presented by Phillips 66 welcomed over 350 library advocates, philanthropists, bibliophiles and...
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Be a Part of the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

A physical focal point for literacy in Houston. Barbara Bush has dedicated her life to public service, and after leaving the White House in 1989, she focused on her passion for literacy. Mayor Turner announced that we will raise $5.5 million to create this 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. You can be a part of this message.

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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 Houston Public Library Foundation help us to fulfill our mission of inspiring lifelong learning, advancing knowledge, and strengthening our communities.