Ladies Guild Dedicates Book Benches in Honor of Barbara Bush

A series of five custom bronze book bench library statues designed and cast by Randolph Rose Collection for the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza in Houston, TX. See the statue here.

Visitors to downtown Houston’s Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza now have a new space to read and reflect following the installation and dedication of five new, book-inspired bronze benches. Underwritten by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s Ladies for Literacy Guild, the benches commemorate the exceptional efforts of our illustrious namesake and former First Lady Barbara Bush, who for nearly three decades, served as an advocate for literacy at the local and national level.  

A focal point of Barbara’s Memorial Garden, a dedicated green space on the Plaza, the book benches will inspire present and future generations of children, families, and visitors of the Plaza to read. Representatives from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, the Ladies for Literacy Guild, City of Houston, Houston Public Library (HPL) and Houston Public Library Foundation (HPL Foundation) attended the outdoor dedication of the bronze book benches on February 22nd at the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza.

The benches, casted in bronze and detailed with open, fluttering book pages invite children, families, and Plaza visitors to relax on any of the five new installations. The Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza is quickly gaining recognition as a “must-see” downtown destination for visitors from near and far. Weekly programming events for audiences of all ages, along with a variety of engaging installations, such as a water wall and performance stage, have transformed the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza into a vibrant and bustling community space in the heart of downtown Houston.

Orginally published - Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

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