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Holiday music in the air

If you’re a Christmas music lover, ACPL can help with your holiday listening needs.  From secular to sacred, from classic to contemporary, we have a wide array of Christmas music available in two different formats.   You can borrow CDs from the Main Library or any of our 13 branch locations.  You can also download music from home for free using your ACPL library card and Freegal.  Freegal allows the download of five songs per week, so if you begin now, you can have a great playlist built up by Christmas day.  Different selections are available via the two different formats, so be sure to check both options if you’re having trouble finding your favorite song.  Here are some favorites:

Cover image for A Charlie Brown Christmas [sound recording]A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Christmas collection [sound recording]Christmas Collection by The Jackson 5 (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for O holy night [sound recording] : Christmas favoritesO Holy Night: Christmas Favorites by David Phelps (On CD)

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Cover image for Noel [sound recording]Noel by Josh Groban (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Heavenly Christmas [sound recording]Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Christmas In New York [sound recording]Christmas in New York by Renee Felming (On CD)

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Cover image for What a wonderful time [sound recording]What a Wonderful Time by Yolanda Adams (On CD)

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Holiday wishes [sound recording]Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel (On CD)

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Cover image for One wish [sound recording] : the holiday albumOne Wish by Whitney Houston (On CD)

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas in Rock by Elvis Presley (Via Freegal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Joy in Latvia by The New York Latvian Concert Choir (Via Freegal)

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas with Soul by James Brown (Via Freegal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson (Via Freegal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Music Box Christmas by Rita Ford (Via Freegal)

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February 17 is Presidents’ Day, a holiday Americans have been celebrating since 1879. Well, sort of.

In 1879 an Act of Congress made February 22 a federal holiday called George Washington’s Birthday.  February 22 is indeed George Washington’s birthday, and the purpose of the holiday was to honor the United States’ first president.  In the 1950s a movement began to create a holiday to honor the office of the president, rather than a specific president, but nothing came  of  it.  At one point during the 1960s Congress drafted a bill that would change the holiday from George Washington’s Birthday to President’s Day with the intent of  honoring both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is February 12, but that portion of the bill was scrapped before the bill was signed into law.

In 1971, George Washington’s Birthday was moved to the third Monday in February (the federal holiday, not the actual birthday, as not even Congress has the power to change a dead man’s date of birth).  In the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, many people began to refer to the third Monday in February as Presidents’ Day, and although this is the most common way to describe the holiday today, the official name of the federal holiday remains George Washington’s Birthday.

Regardless of whether you prefer the common name of Presidents’ Day or the official name of George Washington’s Birthday, you may enjoy spending this coming Monday reading up on some of the American presidents.  Consider giving one of these books a try:

syndetics-lc Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (2011 Pulitzer Prize winner)
syndetics-lc The American President: Detailed Biographies, Historical Timelines from George Washington to Barack Obama by Kathryn Moore
syndetics-lc American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush by Nigel Hamilton
syndetics-lc The Forgotten Presidents: Their Untold Constitutional Legacy by Michael Gerhardt
syndetics-lc The American Presidents,Washington to Tyler: What They Did, What They Said, What Was Said About Them, with Full Source Notes by Robert A. Nowlan

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