Kid Friendly Barbara Bush Library in Spring, TX
The Barbara Bush Library Branch at Cypress Creek is a part of the Harris County Public Library system. My husband and I recently discovered it and were very impressed with the library as a whole. It is a modern two story building with 30,000 square feet separated into various areas. Texas limestone coats the exterior of the building and the green metal roof blends seamlessly with the verdant landscaping.
It is obvious that a portion of this particular library was fashioned to attract the youngest of children and get them excited about reading at the earliest of ages.
Upon entering the building to the right there is a delightful bronze sculpture of a small pretty girl attired in a sleeveless dress. Her cheerful face is upturned with her eyes gazing at her raised left arm where a bird in flight appears to have just alighted upon her hand. The girl’s right hand supports a shallow dish resting against her waist where two seated birds are stationed on the rim.
On the base supporting the sculpture is the following lettering:
Sculpture in Memory of Robin Bush
Beloved Daughter of George and Barbara Bush
Robin Bush was the second child of George H.W. Bush and Barbara. She sadly died just before turning four years of age. Her death was caused by childhood leukemia. Had Pauline Robinson Bush (nicknamed Robin) been born today her chances of surviving childhood leukemia would have been almost 90%. But back in 1953 it was pretty much of a death sentence.
George and Barbara selflessly donated her little body to science. Heartfelt gifts like that plus funded research have helped bring about the cures of today. From what I have read they think of Robin as their little angel and look forward to seeing her once again in the next life.
Most people know that Barbara Bush was the First Lady of the Land when her husband George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st U.S. President from 1989 to 1993. He was also the Vice President preceding those years of his presidency from 1981 to 1989.
She is well known for wearing those signature pearls around her neck.
One of Barbara Bush’s enduring passions is that of promoting literacy. Following is a quote attributed to her as the First Lady. “If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless.” Obviously the earlier the start…the better!
In the Barbara Bush Library the children’s area is located on the first floor. The décor is colorful, bright and engaging. Murals are painted on several walls. Chairs and tables are pint sized. Large stuffed animals are situated atop bookshelves.
There are computers as well as books aplenty to engage the youngsters on their way to becoming literate members of society. So many programs at this library are geared for children of all ages.
Lapsit is for parents whose infants are up to 15 months of age. Rhyming, songs and movement make this a fun time activity for those involved. Baby Gymboree, Toddler Time, Preschool Storytime, School Age Storytime, Lego We Do Robotics are some of the other child friendly programs. There is even one geared for teens called the Teen Anime Club! Of course this library also serves adults.
The second floor is also bright and cheerful. There are many alcoves with comfortable lounge chairs and different seating areas for quiet reading. Numerous computers are available and many of them were in use on the day of our visit.
Meeting rooms are available. One of them accommodates up to 100 people and there are some small reading / study rooms which can be reserved in advance holding just 2 or up to 4 people.
Adult programs and classes run the gamut from yoga, book club meetings, computer classes, author visits, films and more. There are even bus trips for seniors!
Much more information regarding the Barbara Bush Library can be found here.
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was founded in 1989. Millions of dollars have been contributed to libraries since its founding. At age 91 Barbara is still encouraging people to read and learn. Just this year of 2016 she lead a reading event that was teleconferenced from the George Bush Presidential Library.
She has authored three books. Perhaps you have read all or some of them?
The following two (C. Fred’s Story and Millie’s Book) were written while First Lady Barbara Bush was in the White House. Proceeds from those book sales benefited literacy. The latter was a best seller and was told from their dog Millie’s perspective. I found it to be charming and delightful.
After leaving the White House this book (Barbara Bush: A Memoir and Reflections: Life After the White House) was written and was also a best seller.
The naming of this branch library in Barbara Bush’s honor seems fitting and wonderful given her ardent and long-lived promotion of literacy. May it continue to inspire people as well as serve them long into the future!