Members of the Bush family gathered with celebrity authors and entertainers to help raise awareness of the issue of low literacy at a “National Celebration of Reading” hosted by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy at the Library of Congress. Funds raised from the event went to support nationwide programs of the Barbara Bush Foundation, including in the Washington, D.C. area.
Guests enjoyed readings by an outstanding lineup of celebrity authors: former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, David Baldacci, A.J. Jacobs and Jon Meacham.
John Cole, Library of Congress Historian, welcomed guests to the event, before being joined onstage by investor and philanthropist David Rubenstein. Rubenstein presented Cole with the Barbara Bush Foundation's "Champion for Literacy" award in recognition of his long career of service supporting literacy for all.
Since its establishment in 1989, the Foundation has hosted more than 60 "Celebration of Reading" events in five cities and four states. This very special National Celebration of Reading—the first to be held in Washington, D.C.—marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the National Literacy Act by President George H. W. Bush.