Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

Barbara Bush dedicated her life to public service, and for nearly three decades focused on the cause of literacy. This exceptional hometown hero did not seek out public notoriety, instead she championed a cause that changed the lives of countless Americans. Her efforts deserve a public space and to elevate her cause. Mrs. Bush accepted naming the downtown Houston Library Plaza in her honor in November 2016. 

While we wish she would have been here to enjoy the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza with us, in her loving memory, the City of Houston and the Houston Public Library Foundation will work together to complete the master planned improvements to the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza in front of the Jesse H. Jones Central Library.

This welcoming space will extend the Houston Public Library’s mission outside of its physical walls and into the outdoors.

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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 for Phase One 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.