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A physical focal point for literacy in Houston!

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!

Case for Support and Naming Opportunities

Increase your company or organization’s brand recognition by joining a group of community-focused donors. Currently, 600,000 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. Nestled between the Jesse H. Jones Central Library and historic Julia Ideson Building, the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza is creating a lasting legacy in Houston.

Naming Opportunities

Be a Part of the Plaza

Join the cause and contribute a personally significant donation that celebrates literacy, learning, and a love for our libraries.

Your donation doesn’t just add bricks and mortar to a downtown space; you are sending a clear and transformational message that literacy is a priority of this community.  Please join us today by honoring Mrs. Bush with a donation to the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza.

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Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I’ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life, and the lives of countless other Americans. Barbara Bush

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