About The Library

A Welcome Message from Dr. Carla Hayden, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO with title and signature

Discover and Explore

Science is soaring! With the release of the upcoming Star Wars movie, the popularity of TV shows like Doctor Who and Mythbusters and of course the success of Andy Weir’s book The Martian, science is not only popular but cool. To quote Weir: “Love of science is universal across all cultures.” That is why we are excited to be a major partner in the first ever Maryland STEM Festival this November.

The Pratt Library will be hosting free interactive programs for children and teens at all branches making Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) more accessible. As Weir said in his novel, “there’s a difference between knowing it and really experiencing it.” So we will also be opening “Creation Station” maker spaces at both the Southeast Anchor Library and Waverly Branch. This will allow young minds to discover and explore beyond books.

The Maryland STEM Festival will spark and ignite an interest among students in a career in science and math, among one of the fastest career paths. A path we hope will start at the Pratt Library. Maybe a future Neil Armstrong or Albert Einstein is already among us. The sky is truly the limit at the library.