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Tom joined the Enoch Pratt Free Library in 2001 as a librarian in the Sights and Sounds Department, where he answers questions about movies, music, and audiobooks and presents a monthly "Films @ Pratt" film series. He is an avid film lover and proudly owns 2 TVs, 4 DVD players, 9 VCRs, a 16mm projector, and two 3-D ViewMasters in his personal collection.
- Pratt Profile: Sights & Sounds Regular Paula
Paula lives around the corner from the Central Library and uses much of her free time since retiring from the Social Security Administration roaming our aisle for foreign films, topical documentaries, ...more
- Pratt Profile: Sights & Sounds Regular Peter Geier
Here at the Pratt Library, we interact with a lot of interesting—even (dare we say) "unusual"—people who frequent the library on a regular basis. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Sights & Sounds ...more
- Light Street Branch’s Lynne Parks Earns 2013 Baker Artist Award
Lynne Parks, a part-time library professional associate at Pratt's Light Street branch and a full-time, self-taught artist, was one of three local artists—from a pool of over 700 candidates—who won 2013 ...more
- Creative Solutions: Superman's Reader's Advisory
Skimming Larry Tye’s new biography Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero (Random House, 2012), I came across a quote that lauded the Pratt Library for its foresight in championing ...more
- Film Event: December's Double-Thrill Double Bill
Marc Sober in the Humanities Department has been hosting "FilmTalk," a once-a-month Saturday morning film and discussion series, for almost 10 years. Tom Warner, in the Sights & Sounds Department, has ...more
- Music for Kids? Haacking the Record Collection
I only recently discovered underground electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack, while browsing through Pratt’s Central’s "best-kept-secret" collection of phonograph records (those archaic round pieces of ...more
- 32 Classic Films Available Free Online
In the course of putting together a Pratt Library guide to the best web resources for watching full-length feature movies, I was surprised to find that so many great classic films by critically acclaimed ...more
- Urgh! Two Perfectly Overdone Rockumentaries
On August 11, the Central Library will host a special 30th anniversary screening of Urgh! A Music War (1982), director Derek Burbidge’s cult concert film that many consider the best-ever "Rockumentary." ...more
- Reels at the Pratt: 5 Must-See 16mm Films
Last month, the Windup Space in Station North hosted “Sights & Sounds from the Vaults,” an evening of experimental film classics culled from the 16mm film collection of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The ...more
- Pratt Gives Visitors the Silent Treatment
2012 has been a banner year for celebrating the early days of motion pictures: Michel Hazanavicius’s black-and-white silent film, The Artist, won five Oscars (including Best Picture, Best Director and ...more