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Former First Lady Laura Bush at Library Naming Ceremony

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Former First Lady Laura Bush helped dedicate a library Saturday at Holmes Middle School in Dallas, now named for a woman who was her professor at SMU.

There was a packed house inside Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School, to honor Dr. Harryette B. Ehrhardt, former DISD teacher, principal and retired state legislator.

The dedication ceremony included a special appearance by librarian -- and former first lady Laura Bush. "President Bush and I are so happy to be back home in Texas and one of the best parts about being back home is that it's so much easier to see our long time friends like Dr. Harryette Ehrhardt.

"I first got to know her because she was my professor at SMU. My undergraduate degree is in education and one of my favorite classes was a course in children's literature taught by Harryette Ehrhardt. 

"I had known since the 2nd grade that I wanted to be a teacher. But Dr. Ehrhardt taught me how rich the world of books could be for young readers and she didn't know it at the time but she steered me toward my eventual career as a librarian. I'm thrilled that this new library is named for my friend and I look forward to visiting when it's filled with middle schoolers reading. Thank you very much and congratulations Dr. Ehrhardt."

Dr. Ehrhardt thanked DISD staff for making the ceremony happen -- with all that's involved with an appearance by a former first lady.

"I wanted you young men and women to know how special you are by giving you the opportunity to hear from the most famous librarian and you did. Ms. Laura Bush is just that."


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