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Published on: April 12, 2011


Centennial celebration highlights community commitment in West Baltimore


BALTIMORE – The Enoch Pratt Free Library is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Forest Park Branch with an all-day birthday celebration and rededication on Wednesday, April 13.

Forest Park Branch Centennial Celebration
Wednesday, April 13, 1pm
3023 Garrison Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21216

The anniversary dedication at 1pm will include performances by the New Rogers Avenue Day Nursery and Callaway Elementary School. There will also be a performance by the Westsiders Marching Band at 6pm.

"The Forest Park Branch is definitely one of West Baltimore’s gems," said Carla D. Hayden, Pratt Chief Executive Officer. "This library has enriched the lives of generations of Baltimoreans with children’s story time, neighborhood events and now depend on it for free computer use and internet access. It’s appropriate that we are celebrating the branch’s centennial during National Library Week when people from across the nation are recognizing the importance of libraries in communities."

The Forest Park Branch recently received a renovation and technological upgrade that included 32 new public computers, increasing more than six times. The renovation also gave the branch new furniture in an expanded Young Adult section, enhanced Job & Career collection, a new Information Desk, and decorations in the Children’s room.

The technological upgrades and new computers are made possible by generous donations from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation and The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation.

The Forest Park Branch opened its doors in November 1910 and serves more than 35,000 people in the community. "The new computers are definitely a wonderful addition to celebrate the Branch’s 100th anniversary," said Hayden.

For more information about the Enoch Pratt Free Library, visit our website at Also look for the Pratt Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare and YouTube.

Remember at the Enoch Pratt Free Library: "Your journey starts here."

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