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Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza at the Central Library

Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

500 McKinney Street | Houston, TX 77002

About Location

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.  


 Plaza Events

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Enjoy at Location

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  • Ideson Oaks Garden 
  • Children's Performance Stage
  • Children's Reading Area
  • Children's Puppet Theater
  • 6' Parc Vue Bench
  • Lounge Chairs
  • Large Flower Planters- Lamar Entry
  • Stage Garden Planter
  • Children's Area Planter
  • Medium Flower Planter - Bush Adult Reading Area
  • Memorial Planter
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Specialty Para Lounger
  • Garden Tribute Water Wall
  • Pavers


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.


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