Courtesy of LCOT

The “little” Bush Library will be unveiled at The Salvation Army Center of Hope on Thursday, April 25th at 10am. The library is presented to Salvation Army by Literacy Council of Tyler in honor of Former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Mrs. Bush was the keynote speaker for a celebration of literacy event on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. More than 600 guests were at Harvey Hall to hear the long-time advocate of family literacy share stories of her family and life at the White House.  As a thank you to Mrs. Bush, Literacy Council of Tyler decided to install a library for the women and children who stay at the Center of Hope shelter in The Salvation Army.   

“We thought it appropriate to commemorate the opening of our library, dedicated to Mrs. Bush, on the same day another Bush library was opening in Dallas,” said Nancy Crawford, Executive Director of Literacy Council of Tyler. “This library may be a little smaller, but we hope it will make a big impact on the women and children who will benefit from its presence.” 

Last January’s event marked the 15-year anniversary of her last visit. In January 1997, she spoke at a celebration for literacy. Mrs. Bush started The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy more than 20 years ago, which has awarded over $40 million to support the development and expansion of 902 family literacy programs in all 50 states including the District of Columbia.Mrs. Bush made family literacy her mission after her husband became Vice President in 1981.  

“When Mrs. Bush spoke to our community 15 years ago, we were a small organization and there was limited awareness of illiteracy in Tyler,” said Nancy Crawford, Executive Director of Literacy Council of Tyler. “We’ve gone from serving 600 students per year to about 2,500 students per year, and really feel like much of our success is thanks to Mrs. Bush. We are so honored to have her back.”