February 17th, 2012

Meet the Presidents!

Presidents DayWhat is your PKL?  We celebrate Presidents’ Day in February, so this time of year is the opportune time to enhance your PKL – Presidential Knowledge Level.  Do you know which president was related to 11 other U.S. presidents?  Could you name the tallest, the richest, the best paid, or who weighed the heaviest?  Two presidents died on the same date — do you know who they were? One national leader earned a Ph.D. degree while another never went to college.  You know that Abe was assassinated, but do you know which other presidents were likewise attacked?

Enhance your presidential trivia with our fun Meet the Presidents program on February 21, 6:30 pm, with local author and historian Ed Okonowicz at the Chesapeake City Branch. Call 410-996-1134 to register.  Also, CCPL has a great selection of books and DVDs on the presidents. Check out these suggestions from our staff and learn more about the fascinating history of our nation’s leaders!

Reading Suggestions:
- Ulysses S. Grant by Josiah Bunting III
- George Washington by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn
- Decision Points by George W. Bush
- John F. Kennedy by Robert Dallek
- Ronald Reagan – Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History by John Patrick Diggins
- Abraham Lincoln by James M. McPherson
- To the Best of My Ability by James M. McPherson
- The Presidents Fact Book by Roger Matuz
- Dwight D. Eisenhower by Tom Wicker

Viewing Suggestions:
- John Adams
(part 7 miniseries) — DVD
- Thomas Jefferson – a film DVD by Ken Burns
- Barack Obama – DVD Biography
- FDR – Years of Crisis — DVD

Who was your favorite president and why?




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