Carla's Picks - Under the Udala Trees

Carla's Picks

Pratt Library CEO Carla Hayden's book recommendations, as seen and heard on WBAL and WYPR.
Central Library

Central Library Renovation

Preserving the past and positioning the Central Library/State Library Resource Center to serve Marylanders in the future.

Annual Book Sale

Amazing deals on thousands of used and new books and media, for sale at the Central Library December 4-6.
Changes to the Website - using a mobile phone and desktop

Website Changes

As a first step in a process to improve the library website, we've made some revisions that you will notice.

Introduction to Windows

Learn about common Windows terms and definitions. Become familiar with the menu bar, tool bar and other…

Hands on Holidays: Hannukkah

Join the Downtown Baltimore Jewish Community Center for a fun, cultural look at the Jewish holiday Hannukkah.

Introduction to Microsoft Office and Computer Basics

Course Content: In this six-week series, four topics will be discussed: ABCs of the PC (Personal Computer)…

Introduction to the Internet

Course Content: Learn about the Internet and how to navigate using the World Wide Web. Develop surfing…

Spanish for Kids

Learn basic conversational phrases in Spanish.

Deck the Halls

Help us decorate the library for the holiday season and make an ornament to take home.

Game Time

Come join in an hour of fun and games.

Snowflakes Wanted

Welcome the winter season by creating snowflakes of paper and everyday items found in your home.

Wii Wednesday

Nintendo's Wii video game system brings people of all ages together to have fun.


An exercise program that combines the benefits of a cardio-aerobic workout with elements of dance .

Holiday Card Bonanza

Create a one-of-a-kind holiday card for friends or family. 

Anime and Beyond

Watch Anime on the big screen. Discuss manga and graphic novels. Enjoy drawing characters and scenes.

Its Teen Time!

Discussion, games and crafts  

Teen Career Zone

A fun and informal way for teens to learn about different careers and college opportunities.

'Tis the Season! Let's Give Thanks.

Do you have difficulty expressing your gratitide gracefully? Come to our Thank You Note Writing Party.

Hooked On Yarn

Crocheters meet to learn and to share patterns and techniques. Presented by the 4H Club. Note: Experienced…

Waverly Branch Book Club

Read and discuss Between the World and Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates.  

Musical Stories with Sahffi Lynne

This Bright StARTS Program workshop will bring books and stories alive through movement. Children will…

Knitting and Crochet Circle

Bring your ideas and expertise or your interest in learning. For beginners and experts alike. We will…


Make your own amazing LEGO creations.


Manga comes alive! Anime shows, discussions, and other graphic novel-inspired activities.

Future Makers

Learn about 3D design and printing. Learn how to find 3D design resources, and see a 3D printer in action.

Anime Club

Watch your favorite Anime characters on the big screen. Look at new anime, manga and graphic novels!

Craft a Winter Wonderland

Make paper chains, snowflakes, and more! Transform the children's area or take your decorations home.

Deck the Children's Department

Bring your festive spirit; we will decorate the Children's Department! 


Bring your computer gaming and engineering skills and play Minecraft with your friends.

Origami Plates and Dishes

Learn how to make origami plates and dishes to take home! Materials and light refereshments will be…

Teen Book Club

A monthly gathering for teens who love a good read! Come prepared to discuss a book set in a different…

Jamercise - Advanced

Intense cardio, metabolic, and lateral training exercise, using dance moves and strength training.

Introduction to Microsoft Office and Computer Basics

Six-Week Class Series Course content: In this 6-week series, four topics will be discussed: ABCs of…

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010

Course content: 2 Classes, 2 hours per class. Learn to create, open, format, and save documents in…

College Prep

Discuss the steps involved to prepare yourself for college.  Presented by Kyle McPherson of A Resting…

Mothyna James-Brightful's Engage Inspire Prevent: Stategies for Educating Teens on Sexual Violence

In the last eight years, Mothyna James-Brightful has trained over 50,000 individuals in the field of…

Read Down Your Fines, Earn Pratt Bucks!

Read Down Your Fines

Read Down Fines lets students pay off their fines by practicing their reading skills. No cash needed!
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Free eAudiobooks, eMagazines and Streaming Films

Free Audiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines and Streaming Films

Accessible in all Pratt Library locations, or from home with your library card.