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Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza at the Central Library
Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza
500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77002
Renamed in 2016, the Plaza honors the incredible life and legacy of the former U.S. first lady and serves as a focal point in Houston to inspire and instill a love for reading.
The Houston Public Library is grateful for the generous contributions of major donors - the Brown Foundation, Downtown Redevelopment Authority (The Main Street/Market Square TIRZ #3), Phillips 66, President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush, and the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation who helped to make the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza’s opening possible.