Today, Bossier and Meadowview Elementary Schools in Bossier City, LA were among 300 schools in 44 states
across the country to receive $5,000 grants through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. This year,
the Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries awarded $1.5 million in library grants.
Bossier and Meadowview will use the funds to update and diversify their school library collections.
“I am thrilled that children in 300 schools will soon have access to an updated library collection,” Ms Laura said.
says Bush. “Students across the country turn to books to learn about the world around them, and we know that
opening a new book opens the door to new opportunities and new learning.
“Congratulations to librarians Andrea May from Bossier Elementary and Becky Halbrook from Meadowview for being
selected by the Laura Bush Foundation,” added Karyn Flowers, Supervisor of Library Services for Bossier Schools.
“These grants will allow them to continue to expand, diversify and update their library collections to reflect the
growing needs of their student population and to improve literacy. Many students do not have books at home and
research shows that literacy is a critical predictor of academic and lifelong success, so access to a
the school library collection is essential.
Mrs Bush has revealed her 2022 summer reading list, which includes recommendations for young readers across
students, Sunday at the annual Laura Bush Book Club event, part of the Engage at the Bush Center
series, brought to you by NexPoint. The selections include books on adventure, humor and discovery.
“The books on this year’s summer reading list have been selected to encourage children to continue reading throughout their lives.
summer vacation,” Mrs. Bush said. “Local libraries are a wonderful resource for our communities, and I hope
children and parents will visit their local library to borrow each of the featured titles.
One of the books on the 2022 summer reading list was written by Giovanna McBride, Mrs Bush’s daughter
former Chief of Staff, Anita McBride. Gigi at the White House was published by The White House Historical
Association and follows a young Giovanna on her visit to the White House. Inspired by the Laura Bush Foundation,
Anita McBride and husband Tim McBride donated copies of Gigi to the White House! every
subsidized primary school since 2002.
Grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year will open in late 2022. Visit laurabushfoundation.org to learn more
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries supports school libraries with the greatest needs to
to encourage all students to develop a love of reading and learning. Since its creation in 2002, it has awarded
more than $19.5 million to more than 3,300 schools across the country.
The work of the George W. Bush Institute on Education and Opportunity, home to the Laura Bush Foundation for
America’s Libraries, is generously supported by the Allstate Foundation. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed
as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at
laurabushfoundation.org. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush
Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at www.bushcenter.org.
George W. Bush Institute
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ensuring opportunities for all, strengthening democracy and advancing free societies. Installed within the
George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Bush Institute is rooted in compassionate conservative values
and committed to creating positive, meaningful and lasting change at home and abroad. We use our
unique platform and convening power to advance solutions to national and global issues of the day by
influence politics, not politics. Learn more at bushcenter.org.