Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

Barbara Bush has dedicated her life to public service, and for nearly three decades she has focused on the cause of literacy. This exceptional hometown hero has not sought out public notoriety, instead she has championed a cause that has changed the lives of countless Americans, and deserves a public space to honor her significant achievements and elevate her cause. Mrs. Bush accepted naming the downtown Houston Library Plaza in her honor in November 2016. Mrs. Bush had only one request, that we complete the campaign quickly so that she will be able to experience the completed transformation.

The Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza will become the physical focal point for literacy in Houston. 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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Case for Support

The Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza capital campaign has two phases. The HPL Foundation completed the $1,578,474 fundraising for Phase One in 2016. Construction began in September and was completed in 2017.

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Naming Opportunities

Increase your company or organization’s brand recognition by joining a group of community-focused donors. Currently, 600,000 individuals enter the Jesse H. Jones Central Library, and approximately 1,000,000 people walk across the plaza annually. We have multi-year gift pledge and naming opportunities.