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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

500 McKinney St., Houston, TX
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.
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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