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Libraries on the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77)

George H. W. Bush CarrierChildren’s library on board the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)

Over the last three years Judith’s Reading Room has donated two libraries aboard the USS GEORGE H.W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier. This has been an ongoing effort and a primary focus of Judith’s Reading Room’s Holiday Book Drives in 2012 and 2013.

The first library, for the Sailors, was established in March of 2011. Since then, shipments are made monthly, in honor of Charles A. Horne, Jr., a WWII naval hero and uncle of the Co-Founders to this aircraft carrier, home to 4,500 Sailors.

Children's Library on board USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)In July of 2012 the co-founders were extended a tour around the carrier which included the library the book Judith’s Reading Room sends. It was then that they came to understand that Sailors are invited to read children’s books on tape and then tapes are sent to the families.

The donation in December 2012 of a children’s library on board the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) aircraft carrier was announced. This second library Judith’s Reading Room provides Sailors more opportunities to stay connected with their children while serving overseas for long periods of time. The Sailors read to their children when the Skype home! In 2013, George H. W. Bush started up a new campaign with United Through Reading (UTR).

Oct 1, 2013

Hi Cathy,

What you and your team do is such a wonderful gesture and the crew
of the George H. W. Bush is very grateful. We will be starting up a new
campaign with the UTR (united through reading) this month this will
generate lots of use of the books…

We are very excited about getting more books this increases the
variety of books available to the crew, also be apart of family life
even when we’re deployed. Thank you very much for what you’ve done for
our crew it really makes a difference. You can count on me to support
Judith’s Reading Room it’s plays a huge role in the everyday life of
crew and the Dorothy Bush Koch library…

RP1(SW/AW) Celeste A. Shield

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