Mrs. Bush Announces Creation of Laura Bush Foundation
For America's Libraries
Grants will benefit school libraries; help children
explore the world through books
DC - Laura Bush today announced the creation of the
Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries through
the Community Foundation for the National Capital
Region. The purpose of the Laura Bush Foundation is
to enhance the book collections of school libraries
across the country. The establishment of the Foundation
is timed to coincide with the First Annual National
Book Festival that Mrs. Bush is hosting with the Library
of Congress on September 8, 2001.
lifelong passion for books and reading began when
I was a little girl," said Mrs. Bush. "This new Foundation
provides yet another opportunity to share with America's
children the magical world of books and reading."
school budgets have become stretched, school districts
have had to apply their resources to programs and
services other than libraries. It is not uncommon
for libraries to receive funds for computers and related
technology instead of books. As a result, some libraries
lack a good collection of enjoyable and engaging books
that encourage children to read, as well as up-to-date
subject area books and reference materials. One of
the purposes of the Laura Bush Foundation is to help
libraries find a balance between technology and contemporary
books by providing needed funding for book purchases.
from the Foundation will help school libraries extend
their collections so that children across the country
can access books about science, history, drama or
classic literature, or any other topic.
children with books is a critical step toward instilling
the love of reading at a very young age," said Mrs.
Bush. "I look forward to working with other book lovers
to ensure that every child in our great nation has
access through books to the building blocks of learning."
more information on the Laura Bush Foundation for
America's Libraries, contact Meg Pearson at the Community
Foundation at (202) 955-5890.