The Eagle Mountain Public Library has been selected by the Read with Jenna program, an initiative spearheaded by Jenna Bush, co-host of NBC’s The Today Show and daughter of former President George W. Bush.

This designation marks the library as the sole representative from the state of Utah and one of only 50 libraries nationwide to receive a box of books curated by Bush herself through the program.

Library Director Michele Graves says the purpose of the program is to raise awareness of libraries and reading in the U.S.

“We work hard to bring Eagle Mountain citizens quality materials and to provide them with stories/information that reflects who they are, what they may be going through, etc.,” says Graves.

The library plans to showcase the books by putting them on display for one month before integrating them into their collection.

Assistant Library Director Kristin Allred shared the sentiment, reflecting on the unexpected selection of the Eagle Mountain Public Library.

“It was really exciting to come into the library that morning to a box of new books,” says Allred.

She emphasized the significance for residents, highlighting the diverse range of titles handpicked by Bush.

The Read with Jenna program aims to promote literacy and foster a love of reading among adults. Allred noted the program’s potential to benefit patrons of all ages.

“How exciting is it to read a book from your local library and then go online and discuss it with people from all over the U.S.?” she said. “Adults have a huge impact on helping our youth grow a love of reading.”

With this addition to their collection, the Eagle Mountain Library will be showcased as part of the program across the country.  

Graves said adding to the Eagle Mountain Public Library’s availability is a good thing.

“Everyone should be able to find a relatable story in our library.”