Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. Eagle float in the inaugural parade, Washington, D.C. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .
Highsmith, Carol M, photographer. Eagle float in the inaugural parade, Washington, D.C. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/2011632685/.

On Inauguration Day, January 20 (or January 21 if January 20 falls on a Sunday), the president-elect and vice-president-elect are sworn in at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

The inauguration is planned by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). Inaugural events include the swearing-in ceremony, the inaugural address, and the pass in review–a review of the military troops before leading a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens’ groups, marching bands, and floats down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Learn more about each event from the JCCIC –  https://www.inaugural.senate.gov/inaugural-events/

Presidential Oath of Office

The vice-president-elect is sworn in first, and repeats the same oath of office, in use since 1884, as senators, representatives, and other federal employees:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Around noon, the president-elect recites the following oath, in accordance with Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

book cover imageFor Kids

The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance has created an Inauguration Celebration Kit – with interactive and downloadable versions that can be found at OurWhiteHouse.org.

To Read

Learn More in the E-Library

Visit the Current Events and Education categories:
  • America’s News/NewsBank – search through full-text U.S. newspapers from credible news sources in our area and across the country. This includes The Union Leader and the NH Sunday News (since 1989) and The Concord Monitor (since 2002).
  • Explora – This research tool enables a quick search of articles, essays, and primary source documents including journals, abstracts, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, biographies, and historical essays. Includes 60,000 top videos from the Associated Press, and over 1 million relevant photos, images, and maps.
  • Universal Class – offers History courses including American Government.

Informational Links

Inauguration of the President of the United States https://www.usa.gov/inauguration

Inaugural materials www.loc.gov/exhibits/inaugural/exhibition.html

Inauguration Music of Yesteryear blogs.loc.gov/music/2017/01/inauguration-music-of-yesteryear/

Inaugurations: Stepping into History – A Teacher Resource from the Library of Congress blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2021/01/inaugurations-stepping-into-history-a-teacher-resource-from-the-library-of-congress/

Intriguing Facts about Presidential Inaugurations Past blogs.loc.gov/headlinesandheroes/2021/01/intriguing-facts-about-presidential-inaugurations-past/

National Portrait Gallery – American Presidents from the Smithsonian Institution americaspresidents.si.edu/
First Ladies of the United States firstladies.si.edu/

President-Elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Poet, Amanda Gorman blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2021/01/amanda-gorman-selected-as-president-elect-joe-bidens-inaugural-poet/

Presidential Inaugurations Outside of Washington, D.C.: Law and Tradition blogs.loc.gov/law/2017/01/presidential-inaugurations-outside-of-washington-d-c-law-and-tradition/

Selected Resources for Parents on Inaugurations, the Presidency, and Civic Engagement blogs.loc.gov/families/2021/01/resources-civics-inaugurations/

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: “I Do Solemnly Swear…” Resource Guide
The Library of Congress digital collections include a wide variety of primary source materials documenting presidential inaugurations. This Web guide includes diaries and letters written by presidents and those who witnessed the inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/inaugurations/index.html

Weathering the Weather on Inauguration Day blogs.loc.gov/inside_adams/2021/01/inaugural-weather/

Read More

Addressing America – On Inauguration Day, the newly sworn-in president delivers a speech outlining their intentions during their term in office. This interactive graphic enables you to explore the history of U.S. presidential inaugural addresses, compare how frequently specific words such as “power,” “progress” or “peace” are used, and look for trends in the language. Use the arrows at the top of every page to scroll through the speeches. https://projects.voanews.com/inaugural-comparison/

Breaking barriers: Madame Vice President Kamala Harris https://news.stanford.edu/2020/12/11/breaking-barriers-madame-vice-president-kamala-harris/

FAQs about the Presidential Inauguration, the swearing-in ceremony, the parade and more https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/inauguration-day-frequently-asked-questions-washington-dc

History of Unusual Presidential Inaugurations https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/politics/a34993100/presidential-inauguration-history-unusual/

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States https://www.bartleby.com/124/

Kamala Harris will be first woman vice president. Meet the VP contenders who paved the way https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/08/at-least-11-women-have-run-for-vice-president/

The Oddities of Inauguration Day https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/01/a-look-at-the-long-odd-history-of-inauguration-day/

Looking for a good read? How about a suggestion from our staff? Read on…

So far in 2020 our Director, Dianne Hathaway, completed 58 books (there’s still time for a few more before the ball drops on December 31!). This year a few of them were randomly selected books when she wasn’t sure what to read, resulting in some great book this year, with Dianne’s 2020 favorite being a random pick, The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune.

Dianne’s Favorites of 2020:

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • We Love Anderson Cooper by R. L. Maizes
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Staff Picks are a year-round display at the Library that you can browse when you visit our online catalog, too. Scroll down to Staff Reads whenever you visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/search. For further reading – Best of 2020 Lists:

I am monitoring COVID numbers, along with the other town department heads, and there is much concern about the rate of infection. My goal is to maintain the current level of service, if possible, and please know any changes by day are the result of a lack of staffing. Please keep an eye on this space and our Facebook page for changes in service hours, and please reach out to me with questions.

Children’s Room Browsing: The Children’s Room is open to one family at a time, for 20-minute appointments, with no ability to sit, play, etc. Appointments can be made online at www.goffstownlibrary.com/calendar or by calling us at 497-2102. There is a limited schedule for this service:

Monday 9-2
Tuesday and Wednesday 5-8 pm
Saturday 9-1

Foyer Browsing: Our foyer area is open for browsing and check out of materials during regular hours. We have moved a selection from all areas, mostly new materials, and includes materials for kids, teens, and adults. You can always place requests through our catalog, if you prefer. Please maintain social distancing; a face covering is required and available in the lobby, along with hand sanitizer.

Parking Lot Pick-Up: We will continue contact-less parking lot pick-up of library materials for those who prefer that method. Just call us from the parking lot, open your trunk/back door, and we will place your items there.

Computer Reservations: Call us at 497-2102 to make an appointment to use a computer. To keep Library staff and visitors safe, we are limiting the number of PCs in use, so your appointment length may be restricted. All users will be required to wear a face covering.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions. Staff is available Monday, Thursday & Friday, 9am to 5pm; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.

Be well.

Dianne Hathaway
Library Director

Even when you can’t get to the Library, we have features that are always available with your internet connection. In the E-Library at www.goffstownlibrary.com/elibrary you’ll find:

• e-books • e-audiobooks • newspapers • magazines • online courses • craft classes
• Explora (encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, & more for homework help)
• language learning • streaming movies • and more!

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“As the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more.”

Today’s libraries can transform your life. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your Library provides access to the programming and services you need to reach your potential and grow.

Even when the building is closed, there is an abundance of online offerings for you to take advantage of – in the e-library, on our YouTube channel, and in the generous offerings of many library partners. Need a reminder? Grab a copy of our takeout menu!

More links are added weekly to the What To Do When You’re Stuck at Home page.

Some of our staff are sharing their message while working from home – READ! Join the fun and create your own READ® Poster with some help from ilovelibraries.org. If you post your own on social media, please share with us by tagging us, or using #CelebrateReading and #goffstownlibrary.

Thanks for being part of the GPL community.

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