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Tuesday, 28 February, 2017


Presidents’ Day at the Library

By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director

The Library is CLOSED Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Presidents’ Day is celebrated the 3rd Monday in February. From the Britannica Encyclopedia: The origin of Presidents’ Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of George Washington was first celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) and Lincoln (February 12). Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. After the bill went into effect in 1971, however, Presidents’ Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers’ use of that name to promote sales and the holiday’s proximity to Lincoln’s birthday.


The library has lots of information about Presidents. Check out some of these items:

A series of books about Presidents in the children’s section titled Profiles of the Presidents. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley, adult nonfiction. Truman by David McCullough, adult nonfiction. Washington: a Life by Ron Chernow, adult nonfiction.


Not sure what’s new in the library or want to learn more about your favorite author? Check out new services funded by the Friends of the Library.  Learn about your favorite authors at AuthorCheck. Read bios, check author webpages, and sign up to track an author so you'll be notified when a new book by the author arrives at the library. New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by the library. You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title you're interested in, just click the "Check Catalog" button to place a hold on the item right away. Lists of new materials are available in a variety of categories. Visit www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/library for links to the services.


Upcoming programs at the library:

Tuesday, February 21. 3:30 p.m.: Lego Club. Are you a kid who likes to build? Join us for our next Lego Club! Lego Club is open to everybody! Lego creations are displayed in the Children’s Library between programs.  We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination!

Thursday, February 23, 6:00 p.m.: Daniel Yudchitz, Architect. Capture the excitement of the Tiny House Movement. Look at prototypes of a new kind of house where building concepts and construction methods achieve maximum results through minimal means. Tiny houses economize cost and space while meeting unique homeowner needs. Daniel shares examples from an architect team creating new solutions for future housing projects.

Saturday, February 25. At 10:15 and 11:15, it’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the story circle for stories, rhymes and songs.  Then move to the community room for a snack and a craft.  Open to all ages. No registration required.  Story Time attendees earn one Baby Steps coupon per family per Saturday.

Saturday, February 25, 2:00 p.m.: Teen Anime Club. Compete in a chopstick skills competition and watch anime.