Pratt Chat is the official blog of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Join us for stories about experiences, events, programs, collections, and all kinds of treasures found at the Pratt Library.
Assistant Web Manager
Before beginning her position in the Web Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in 2012, Jessica played music across Canada with a big band, a latin band, an Egyptian music ensemble, and a funk band. She completed an MA in Ethnomusicology, interned at Smithsonian Folkways, photographed international celebrities, and designed websites for many Baltimore personalities. She is passionate about design, music, photography, and everything to do with food.
- Happy Blogiversary! Pratt Chat is One Year Old Today
As we celebrate the first anniversary of Pratt Chat's launch, I would like to send a very warm and enormous Thank You to all the staff who have contributed posts and to all the readers who visit us here. ...more
- Congratulations on the Launch, DPLA!
After 2 years of care and feeding, the Berkman Center, Harvard University, is ready to step back and push the little Digital Public Library of America bird out of the nest. And so, on Thursday, April 18, ...more
- [Video] See the Little Pufferbellies
Our fantastic Central Library Children's Department publishes a new video each month of a librarian performing a Handy Dandy Rhyme. April's rhyme is Down by the Station, performed by former staff member ...more
- Supreme Justice Sotomayor Inspires Pratt Audiences
Last night, an audience of 900 people packed the Main Hall and Wheeler Auditorium at the Central Library to hear Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor read from her memoir, My Beloved World, and speak ...more
- Keeping Our Library Relevant in 2013
It is no secret that the world is changing daily at a pace never before seen in history. Librarians, authors, journalists, and academics and have been engaging in public discourse for years on the best ...more
- Year in Review: 2012 Digital Projects
- [Videos] Interviews at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Reopening
The Grand re-Opening of the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch on Nov 14 was a lot of fun. I had the opportunity to meet library customers from the neighborhood and ask them, "What does this library mean to y ...more
- Thank You! Pratt Chat Wins Best Organization Blog Mobbie
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all our readers who voted for Pratt Chat to win the Baltimore Sun 2012 Mobbies award for Best Organization Blog. You are the reason we do this. ...more
- Series: Giving Back with Community Outreach Programs
This week Pratt Chat will be featuring posts by librarians and guest contributors about some of the great community outreach efforts the Library organizes. ...more
- Our Baltimore Stories: Pratt Chat Celebrates 3 Months
This week marks three months since the launch of Pratt Chat. This successful blog is the product of contributions from more than two dozen people, including 15 contributors, four editors, and numerous ...more
- Boatbuilding and Rabbit Stew: DPLA Use Cases
The Digital Public Library of America initiative, launched 2010, held a meeting of their Audience and Participation Workstream on July 27, 2012 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The DPLA is a national initiative ...more
- Preview: Get Your Collectible Pratt Chat MiniCards!
In celebration of Pratt Chat, we created a special set of Moo MiniCards. There are over a dozen different designs featuring beautiful photos paired with quotes about storytelling and writing. ...more
- The Most Glittering Kind of Poetry: 3 Ways to Experience The Bach Cello Suites
The Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach represent some of the finest, most rapturously beautiful music ever composed for solo instrument. They are among the most performed solo repertoire, ...more
- A Canadian in Baltimore: Pratt Resources that Helped Me
As a new immigrant to the United States, I have met regular challenges while settling into my new American life, from filing reams of paperwork, to finding a doctor and getting a driver’s license. This ...more
- The Little Prince: 3 Lessons in Creative Problem Solving
He said, “Draw me a sheep.” So then I made a drawing.He looked at it carefully, then he said: “No. This sheep is already very sickly. Make me another.” So I made another drawing.My friend smiled gently ...more