Bush visited the Texas library at least seven times after it was dedicated in 2003.

By Meghan Overdeep
May 14, 2018
Southern Living Barbara Bush Library
Credit: Flickr/Harris County Public Library

Former First Lady Barbara Bush's passion for literacy lives on in Spring, Texas.

Today, less than nine months after it was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters, the Harris County Library that bears her name is opening its doors for the first time since the catastrophic storm.

According to Click 2 Houston, the whole first floor of the Barbara Bush Branch Library at Cypress Creek and roughly 44,000 books—the entire children's collection—were destroyed by two feet of water during the hurricane.

"If you include technology in that, and furniture, it was about $1.3 million-worth of damage," Garrette Smith, deputy director of Harris County Public Library, told the site.

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The library was dedicated in February 2003, to honor the late, great First Lady, who died at the age of 92 in April. Library staff told Click 2 Houston that Bush visited the location at least seven times, to surprise visitors and staff.

A quote from her on the library wall reads, "Libraries are more than a home for books. Libraries are information centers that allow us to learn more about ourselves and the world in which we live."