By Shaileen B.
As summer ends, here are seven things to celebrate about this year's Adult Summer Reading Program, "Literary Elements":
1. We counted 1491 readers reading 8026 books. Wow! Those are our best numbers ever! The Light Street and Govans Branches had the most participants.
2. Hosted in the Poe Room, the lunch party where select winners mingled with one another and the Library’s CEO Dr. Carla Hayden got rave reviews. There was scrumptious food, soft jazz, expert photography, and friendly dialogue, mostly about—what else?—reading.
3. Invitations to the lunch were just some of the program’s many prizes. Winners of other prizes will enjoy shows, meals, and other treats at Baltimore theatres, restaurants, and shops. Victoria B. of the Light Street Branch won the system-wide prize, a Nook donated by the Pratt Contemporaries.
4. Pratt Chat published reviews by 73 program participants.
5. Kate Drabinski wrote a hilarious and sweet tribute to this year's program for City Paper.
6. This year's program had a special kick-off event, a conversation between Tom Hall of WYPR and three local authors, Sheri Booker, Dan Fesperman, and Sarah Pekkanen, as well as a reception to which many in the audience were invited.
7. This year's program also had an especially amusing online challenge, "Literary Deductions," a set of charades inspired by book titles and performed by the Pratt's very own version of Sherlock Holmes.
Clearly, "Literary Elements" was a big success! Thank you to all participants! We hope you'll join us again next year.