Celebrate President’s Day with San José Public Library!

Throughout history the White House has commemorated President's Day in various ways, from gifting Andrew Jackson a 1,400 pound slab of cheese to holding parades, plays, balls, and luncheons. Each presidency celebrates the day in their own style. This year President's Day is February 20, and what better way to mark the occasion by reading up on some of this country's presidents available through San José Public Library!

Presidential Memoirs/Biographies

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, book cover
You Never Forget your First: A Biography of George Washington, book cover
Barack Obama: A Promised Land , book cover
Jimmy Carter: A Full Life, book cover
The Trials of Harry S. Truman the Extraordinary Presidency of An Ordinary Man, 1945-1953, book cover
The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and A Nation's Call to Greatness, book cover
George W. Bush Decision Points, book cover
John Adams , book cover
Joe Biden 46th US President, book cover

Juvenile Non-Fiction Titles

Take A Hike, Teddy Roosevelt! , book cover
U.S. Presidents: Weird but True!, book cover
The Next President The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America's Presidents, book cover
Presidents, book cover
Who Was John F. Kennedy?, book cover
Barack Obama Our 44th President, book cover
Ronald Reagan, book cover
The Superlative A. Lincoln Poems About Our 16th President, book cover


Educational Online Resources

Free Website Educational Resources

  • Digital Public Library of America: explore a variety of items related to the presidency, including images, video, articles, etc.
  • Presidential Libraries: Explore the National Archives which offers information on presidential libraries, presidential biographies, educational materials, and other resources.
  • Presidential Portraits: (Smithsonian): offers a complete gallery of U.S. presidents as well as educational lesson plans and research.
  • Washington's Farewell Address: Read George Washington's Farwell Address (PDF)
  • White House History with Susan Page: First daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, and former U.S. Chief of Protocol Lloyd Hand, offer personal reflections on Lyndon B. Johnson.