Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries
Providing grants to school libraries to expand, diversify, and update their collections.
“Once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”
– Mrs. Laura Bush
Studies show that the quality of a school library has a major impact on reading scores and academic success. A former librarian and teacher, Mrs. Laura Bush understands that limited financial resources often result in school leaders placing a lower priority on their libraries. The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants to low-income schools, allowing them to expand, update, and diversify their book and print collections.
MODERNIZING AND DIVERSIFYING LIBRARY COLLECTIONS
In May 2022, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries awarded $1.5 million in library grants to 300 school libraries from 44 states across the country. Many of the libraries used the funds to modernize and diversify their collections.
EXPANDING AND UPDATING LIBRARIES IN 2020
In May 2021, The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries awarded more than $1 million in grants to 205 school libraries from 43 states across the country. Inspired by the Laura Bush Foundation, H-E-B surprised 15 Texas-based grant recipients with an additional gift totaling $100,000. Scholastic Books also provided 34 teachers and educators with money to purchase books for their schools and students. Many of the libraries will use the funds to update their collection, offer more dual language titles, and provide books focused on diversity and inclusivity.
Ann Kimball Johnson Director, Education and Opportunity George W. Bush Institute
Managing Director, Leadership and Programming George W. Bush Institute
Program Manager, Education George W. Bush Institute