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Published on: April 3, 2011


The Branch also has a new children’s interactive play area and refurbished foyer

BALTIMORE – The Enoch Pratt Free Library re-opened the Herring Run Branch at 3801 Erdman Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21213 after a three week technological upgrade with 45 new public computers. The branch went from having seven to 45, increasing more than six times.

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.

"About 30 percent of Baltimoreans still do not have computers at home and many depend on us for computer and internet access," said Carla D. Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. "A study conducted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation discovered nearly one-third of Americans, about 77 million people, used a public library computer or wireless network to access the internet in the past year. The Pratt Library was part of this study that highlights our role in helping patrons look for jobs, health information and school work. Every day people are pouring into the library to jump on a computer."

The Enoch Pratt Free Library system has more than 600 public access computers across Baltimore. Almost all Pratt locations currently offer free wireless internet.

The branch also now has a new interactive play area for young children. This attractive space includes new children’s computers, furniture, toys and play equipment. The new children’s space was made possible by a generous donation from Lois and Philip Macht Family Philanthropic Fund of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

The Herring Run Branch opened its doors in February 1963 and serves more than 25,000 people in Northeast Baltimore.

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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