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Published on: June 1, 2011

Open a Book, Open the World!


Free and fun programs for all ages


BALTIMORE – Calling all world travelers! Readers of all ages will travel the globe this summer as the Enoch Pratt Free Library presents "One World, Many Stories" during its 2011 Summer Reading Program from June 1 to August 6.

Children, teens and adults will discover that reading takes you places. Readers can explore places from Oceania to Russia through stories, crafts, music, dance and other free activities.

"Studies have shown that children who read over the summer are better prepared to continue their education when they return to school in the fall," said Carla D. Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. "But it’s important to emphasize that reading is fun. Sometimes students get so busy they forget that there’s more to reading than just school texts. So book a trip with this year’s Summer Reading program. We’ve a ticket to take you places."

This year, children and teens are eligible to win Orioles tickets and be invited to a special celebration at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Summer Reading 2011 is also open to adults. Through reading, adults can go to novel destinations then record all the good books you read (or listen to) over the summer. Return your reading log by August 6, and your entry will be included in drawings for fun prizes. Adults can also participate in the online game, "Where in the World is Carla Hayden?" A different picture of Dr. Hayden at a location around the globe will appear on a special website every week. At the close of summer reading on August 6, people with the most correct "travel tracker" entries will be entered into a raffle for a special luncheon with Dr. Hayden.

Last year, the Pratt registered 16,027 children and teens, the highest turnout in the program’s nearly 80 year history. All together participants read nearly 222,000 books.

The Summer Reading Program is made possible by generous grants from the Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, Citi, Lord Baltimore Capital Corporation, American Trading and Production Company, Verizon Foundation and an Anonymous donor.

For a complete schedule of programs and more information on the Summer Reading Program, 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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