Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Commemorating Presidents Day

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Commemorating Presidents Day

A recent letter (“A Maligned First President,” Gazette Packet, Feb. 22) misrepresents the attention the Alexandria Library pays to commemorating Presidents Day.

The Alexandria Library is committed to recognizing our city and nation's rich diversity and history. Recognizing federal holidays, local historical events, and national events allows the Library to be very versatile and inclusive in its programming.

During February, our branches highlight books for adults and youth to teach about the accomplishments of United States presidents, specifically focusing on the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Library displays are curated by our professional staff to entice and educate readers, and Library leadership has not restricted such displays on the basis of content or space.

This year, the Duncan branch held two programs for children around the theme of George Washington. These programs, which featured a children’s author and a reenactor, attracted about 80 participants.

While all exhibits must be sponsored by the Library, the Library is happy to establish partnerships with other organizations to cosponsor programs. For example, the Library partnered with the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee to display the George Washington Dictionary from our special collections at the George Washington Breakfast. We would be happy to collaborate again when approached by the Committee.

Kathleen Schloeder

Chair, Alexandria Library Board