Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day, the third Monday in February, is a federal holiday honoring our first president, George Washington, whose birthday is February 22. We also traditionally honor President Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is February 12. (archives.gov)

The Library will be OPEN during Presidents’ Day on February 21, 2022.

Join Us for a 2022 Presidents' Day Event

Community Conversations: NH Institute of Politics Commemorating the U.S. Presidency
Location: NH Institute of Politics | 100 Saint Anselm Drive
Monday, February 21, 2022 at 10am

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College (NHIOP) is pleased to offer a special Presidents’ Day program in partnership with Goffstown Public Library’s Community Conversation Program and the Geisel Library at Saint Anselm College.

The program will begin with a presentation by Christine Clayton, Head of Cataloging and Metadata of the Geisel Library on “The Presidency Unfurled: Context, Landmarks, Legacy”, a special collection of biographies, memoirs, and monographs with publication dates that range from the 1900s to the present. The collection, gathered over a 25-year span, was gifted to the NH Institute of Politics by Arthur P. Young, Ph.D., and Patricia F. Young. Several presidential biographical series are held in their entirety.

Following Christine’s presentation, NHIOP executive director Neil Levesque will provide a tour of the Institute’s collection of photos and political memorabilia, as well as The Hawkins collection. This collection of books and artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln was gifted to the Institute by the late Alan B Hawkins and features approximately 500 bound volumes, ranging in date from 1860 to 2009. The Hawkins collection documents the public discourse about the life, death, and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, including extensive 20th-century scholarship, as well as many varieties of popular literature from the 1850s to the present.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration required with Saint Anselm College.

This event is part of our Community Conversations series. The 2022 Community Conversations focus is Civics—we will investigate how citizens can work together to solve public problems, exploring how we the people can and should steer the ship of our democracy.

For Kids

When you visit the Children’s Room during February you’ll see a display of specially themed books, or you can request your copy right from the catalog below.

For Teens

The Teen Room has a selection of non-fiction, biography, and fiction books on display this month. Tweens and teens are encouraged to celebrate Presidents’ Day the Library way!

  • Read up on presidential history with some historical non-fiction.
  • Conduct research about an inspiring president in the e-library.
  • Try a book with fictitious presidential characters.