October 2012

  • Happy Halloween!
    By Ryan O'Grady and Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 10/31/2012
    Happy Halloween from Pratt Chat! ...more
  • Spooky Stories to Read at Home or Share around the Campfire
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Posted on 10/31/2012
    “And here are the dead man’s eyeballs!” announced the storyteller. Next to me, an equally spooked friend leaned over and offered me a box just big enough to fit my hand. Inside, I felt what I truly thought ...more
  • Photography Exhibit: One View Of The World
    By Ryan O’Grady and Danni Downing
    Last Edited on 10/26/2012
    The Fine Arts and Recreation Department is hosting an exhibit called One View of the World, featuring photography by Danni Downing. The exhibit runs through December 9th at the Central Branch/State Library ...more
  • Digital Photography 101: A Walk Around Town
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Last Edited on 10/26/2012
    Do you have an artistic fire burning in you? Maybe you have a nice new DSLR camera that someone in your family gave you, and it has just been sitting on your shelf for the past year. Or maybe you own a ...more
  • 32 Classic Films Available Free Online
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • Facebook Generation Reading MORE and Frequenting Libraries!
    By Roswell Encina
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Pop the champagne! The results of a new study by the Pew Research Center has us celebrating: More than eight in ten young Americans (ages 16-29) read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their ...more
  • Charting the Central Library: Explore our Maps Collections
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 10/23/2012
    Why do we look at maps? To see where we’ve been? To locate where we are? To see where we’re going? Or to see where we have not (yet) been? ...more
  • In Pursuit of a Hobby: Relieve Stress and Enjoy Your Leisure Time
    By Marilyn Jones
    Last Edited on 10/22/2012
    A hobby is an excellent thing to pursue when you have leisure time. A hobby helps to relieve stress and it can keep both the body and mind active. ...more
  • Baltimore: My City, My Home
    By Harriet Lynn, Producer/Artistic Director of Heritage Theatre Artists' Consortium
    Last Edited on 10/19/2012
    I love BaltimoreI love its streets, its parksIts rainy afternoons When I curl up with that good book That comes from my beloved Pratt I love its marketsWhere the seafood beckonsAnd its vegetables delight ...more
  • Hallowe’en with Poe
    By Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 10/18/2012
    One of my first Baltimore memories comes from one of my dad’s infamous road trips. He would ask, “Do you want to go for a drive?” and you never knew where you’d end up. On this trip, we ended up in the ...more
  • Really Old Greeting Cards Are Cool
    By Michael Johnson
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Let’s be honest, some of the things we do at work are done because we’re deeply interested in the topic and some things are just done. We’ve got work to do, and not everything can always be absolutely ...more
  • Pratt Contemporaries Celebrate Banned Books
    By Roswell Encina
    Last Edited on 10/16/2012
    What do Harry Potter, Holden Caulfield, Jay Gatsby, Atticus Finch and Christian Grey have in common? All are characters from banned and challenged books. ...more
  • 10 Library Services You Should Be Using
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    10. Self-CheckoutFor customers who prefer self-service, self-checkout is available at five branches: Reisterstown Road, Northwood, Roland Park, Orleans Street, Edmondson Avenue, and Southeast Anchor Library. ...more
  • Lets Go Os! Orioles Memorabilia at the Pratt
    by Roswell Encina
    Last Edited on 10/12/2012
    Like the rest of Baltimore, the Pratt Library is under the spell of Orioles magic. We will be cheering on the hometown team during this afternoon's critical Game 5 of the American League Division Series ...more
  • A Frightful Morass: Name Variations and Genealogy
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    If you’ve ever used Census records to hunt down family members, you may have noticed something unusual about your ancestor’s name.  ...more
  • Celebrating Pratt's Legacy, Staff and Retirees Share Years of Service and Wisdom
    By Darcell Little, Manager of Documents Unit/State Publication Depository and Distribution Program
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example." -Benjamin Disralei ...more
  • Judging Books by their Covers
     By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 10/9/2012
    It’s well known that you should never judge a book by its cover. Usually when people say this, they’re not actually talking about books. Unless you’re in the library, in which case they’re almost certainly ...more
  • Pierrot Centenary Project and the Lunar Ensemble
    By Bill Jones, Assistant Manager of the Fine Arts and Music Department
    Last Edited on 10/5/2012
    The Pratt Library will host a special afternoon concert and lecture on Saturday, October 6: A Centenary Celebration of Pierrot Lunaire* with Paul Mathews and the LUNAR Ensemble (*Pierrot lunaire is a ...more
  • It's All About the People at the Govans Fall Celebration
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Many years ago when I was a bright-eyed, eager graduate student, my mentor librarian asked, “Why do you want to work in libraries?” I had about forty different reasons in my head, and I quickly scanned ...more
  • The Emily Dickinson of Mars: Gifts from Baltimore Poet Chris Toll
    by Teresa Duggan
    Last Edited on 12/21/2016
    Baltimore lost a visionary poet and artist last week, when Chris Toll suddenly passed away. I was very fortunate to count Chris as one of my oldest friends, so it came as a devastating loss to hear that ...more
  • Cutting Edge in 1912 And Still Sharp Today!

    Last Edited on 10/4/2012
    By Bill Jones, Assistant Manager of the Fine Arts and Music Department ...more
  • The Warmth of a Cold Nose
    By Ryan O'Grady
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017