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Barbara Bush Reads a Book.

Barbara Bush Reads a Book on a Book

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Houston, Texas

When Barbara Bush was First Lady (1989-1993) she liked to travel the country, visiting elementary schools, reading to children. Frequently she would be accompanied by one of the Bush family dogs.

When a bronze statue of Barbara Bush was erected in Houston in September 2023, it was placed next to the central branch of the city's library. She was portrayed wearing her ever-present pearls, with a book in her hands and a dog (Millie) at her feet. The First Lady sits on the end of a sofa in a standard pose-with-me statue design. If you look at the end of the sofa, you see that it's really a giant open book! And it's stacked atop a couple of other giant books. The generic blank-paged book in her hands is held aloft as if she's showing it to a group of school kids.

The statue's dedication was attended by members of the Bush family and Houston's mayor, who declared that it would inspire people to "make reading a priority."

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Barbara Bush Reads a Book on a Book

Houston Central Library

Address:
500 McKinney St., Houston, TX
Directions:
Downtown. Outdoors, on the southeast side of the Houston Central Library. On the north side of Lamar St. just east of its intersection with Bagby St.
Hours:
M 12-6, Tu-Th 9-6, F 9-5, Sa 10-5. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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