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Hail to the Chief!
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President’s Day at Broward County Libraries
 Presidents faces on Mount Rushmore
President’s Day: For many, it’s just another day off, a wished-for long weekend plunked smack in the middle of the February blahs. Washington's Birthday, also known as Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February that honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the U.S.'s first president. This federal holiday is on the third Monday of February each year, although records show that George Washington's birthday is on February 22.

Libraries and Presidents – The Presidential Library System

Dedication of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY
Dedication of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY.

The Presidential Library system formally began in 1939 when President Franklin Roosevelt donated his personal and Presidential papers to the Federal Government. At the same time, Roosevelt pledged part of his estate at Hyde Park to the United States, and friends of the President formed a non-profit corporation to raise funds for the construction of the library and museum building. Roosevelt's decision stemmed from the belief that Presidential papers are an important part of the national heritage and should be accessible to the public. He asked the National Archives to take custody of his papers and other historical materials and to administer his library.

JFK arriving in Dallas; photo in the archives of the John F. Kennedy Library
JFK arriving in Dallas; photo in the archives of the John F. Kennedy Library.

These are not traditional libraries, but rather repositories for preserving and making accessible the papers, records, and other historical materials of U.S. Presidents. Presidential Libraries and Museums are great treasures of our nation's history. They are important sources for historians and other researchers studying our presidents and our history. In addition to archiving and preserving presidential papers and objects, presidential libraries and museums bring history to millions of visitors from around the world.
 
In 1955, Congress passed the Presidential Libraries Act, establishing a system of privately erected and federally maintained libraries. The Act encouraged other Presidents to donate their historical materials to the government and ensured the preservation of Presidential papers and their availability to the American people. Under this and subsequent acts, more libraries have been established. In each case, funds from private and nonfederal public sources provided the funds to build the library. Once completed, the private organization turned over the libraries to the National Archives and Records Administration to operate and maintain.
 
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President’s Day Events at Your Library 
 
President Obama Portrait ArtFebruary 10 - Celebrate President’s Day with a documentary of the Barack Obama story, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
February 12 - Sharkey’s Storytime: President’s Day, ages 3-5 with caregiver, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 1st floor, Room 1017, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
February 19 - Presidents and Pizza for Teens! Test your knowledge of U.S. presidents and enjoy pizza, teens only, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Displays/Exhibits: Northwest Regional Library

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