First Lady Barbara Bush was the featured speaker at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's "new" Main Library dedication ceremony April 30, 1991, in downtown Columbus.

The Main Library had reopened in January that year after a $39 million project that included the renovation and enlargement of the original Carnegie building, which had opened in 1907.

Although more than 350,000 people already had visited, the formal dedication was held in April to accommodate the First Lady's schedule.

"I learned to read in the warm and loving arms of family and in the warm and inviting rooms of the library," she told the crowd. "Reading is the key to all learning, and there is no better place to learn to read."

She and former President George H.W. Bush have family ties to Columbus. Her grandfather, James E. Robinson, served as an Ohio Supreme Court justice. Her husband's grandfather, Samuel Prescott Bush, was president of Buckeye Steel Castings.