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'First Librarian' Bush Touts Favorite Place

April 04, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

First Lady Laura Bush kicked off a library education campaign, urging Americans to take advantage of their freely available "community treasure chests."

"Our nation runs on the fuel of information and imagination that our libraries provide every day," she said at the event, which launched a five-year nationwide effort to teach about libraries and promote their use.

Bush told about 25 children and 75 adults at the Northeast Neighborhood Library, "Having worked as a librarian, libraries are among my favorite places."

"Mrs. Bush is the 'first librarian' of our country," said Nancy Kranich, president of the American Library Assn.

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