Get Ready for Presidents’ Day

Posted & filed under Library blog, Technology.

How are you planning to celebrate Presidents’ Day? Many Americans spend the day shopping, but if you want to read up on presidential history before you hit the mall, we’ve got you covered! Credo Reference contains a wealth of information about the U.S. presidents, and you can access it all from the comfort of your home.

Choose “Credo Reference” from the Research menu on any page of our website and enter your library card number to log in. Now you can search or read the full text of three fascinating books:   (Descriptions from Credo. Please note that you must be logged into Credo before these links will work!)

  • The Reader’s Companion to the American Presidency, ed. by Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) – With essays fully illustrated with timelines, data boxes, and short essays on presidential families, this book is an indispensable resource for the serious historian and the curious reader alike.
  • First Ladies of the United States: A Biographical Dictionary by Robert P. Watson (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001) – The chronologically arranged biographies examine each first lady’s early years and education, her family life, her presidential years, and her legacy.
  • The New Big Book of U.S. Presidents (Running Press, 2013) – This is the perfect introduction for young readers to the lives and times of America’s 43 most influential leaders. Famous quotes and fun facts about each president ensure that this perennial favorite continues to be an entertaining and enlightening addition to any child’s library.

For quick reference, you’ll also find an entry on The Presidency from the Encyclopedia of American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) and a table listing all the presidents and their dates in office from the Columbia Encyclopedia (Columbia University Press, 2013).

Would you rather have multimedia material? Footage from interviews with six different presidents over 25 years appears in the collection PBS NewsHour American Presidents Videos (NewsHour Productions, 2013).

To research an individual president, simply enter his name into the search box and click on the Topic Page, which lists and links to all relevant Credo content.

And if you decide to skip the history lesson in favor of the mall, we’ve still got you covered: research your purchases ahead of time by using your library card to access Consumer Reports!