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Barbara Bush to host reading event, dispelling health concerns

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Former first lady Barbara Bush, who recently beat a scare with pneumonia, will lead a public reading event for students 10 days after being discharged from the hospital, dispelling concerns about her health.

The George Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University said that she will read from the book Liberty and take questions from students. It will be her seventh consecutive year to hadline the annual Reading Discovery Distance Learning Program and Videoconference.

It takes place Jan. 14 from 10-11:15 a.m. CST and will be videocast, said the school.

Bush, 88, was treated for six days at Houston Methodist Hospital. She was discharged in time for she and former President George H.W. Bush to celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary together.

As first lady, the popular grandmother led efforts to boost literacy among children.

The library promised that she will read from award-winning author Lynn Curlee's book Liberty, and then take questions about what it was like to live in the White House.

The school said that the annual Reading Discovery Program with Mrs. Bush is the most popular education program offered, with more than 35,000 registered participants expected this year. The program is designed for students in grades 3-8. Since 2008 more than 180,000 books have been given out to participants.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.
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