May 2013

  • Pratt Profile: Local Film Legend George Figgs
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    How many people can say they’ve picked out movies for Jesus Christ at their local library? Well, the folks in Pratt Central's Sights & Sounds Department (SAS) have had that honor—regularly, in fact! ...more
  • The Art of War: Sketching the Conflict between the States, 1861-1865
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 5/31/2013
    It’s difficult to think about Civil War imagery without referencing Matthew Brady, the oft-cited photographer who, with the help of numerous paid assistants and portable darkrooms, produced some of the ...more
  • Welcome to Summer Reading 2013!
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 5/31/2013
    The Summer Reading for Adults theme this year is Groundbreaking Reads. Pratt Chat will be featuring a post related to Groundbreaking Reads every Tuesday from June 4 to August 6, 2013. Please check back ...more
  • Quoth the Raven: Volunteer!
    By Lisa R. Kenyon, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 5/30/2013
    On Wednesday, May 15, Enoch Pratt Free Library volunteers and staff gathered at the 1840's Ballroom for our annual volunteer luncheon. The Pratt Library has many types of volunteers, including individual ...more
  • Paws to Read: Why Kids Should Read Aloud to a Dog at the Library
    By Stephanie Jarvais
    Last Edited on 6/19/2013
    Reading is an important step in a child's life; it can open the doorway for many opportunities. There are many ways for a child to improve reading skills, and reading out loud is one of the most important. ...more
  • 150 Years Ago This Week in the Civil War
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Bullying, bed bugs, disputed elections, prisoners held without Habeas Corpus, warnings that the End Times are near at hand: these things sound like the stuff of contemporary newspaper headlines, but they ...more
  • A Good Short Story Is Not Hard to Find: One Librarian's Favorites
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 5/23/2013
    Don't call me Ishmael—not today. Today, in honor of National Short Story Month, I'm celebrating fictional works that don't resemble great white whales. Today I'm celebrating fiction that's leaner, more ...more
  • [Video] Fun and Educational Programs for the Next Generation of Readers
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Posted on 5/22/2013
    For more than 85 years, The Enoch Pratt Free Library has been offering free children's programming at all its branches, creating unforgettable memories for the next generation of readers. Children's programs ...more
  • Happy Blogiversary! Pratt Chat is One Year Old Today
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • Pratt Profile: Sights & Sounds Regular Paula
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • What My Grandmother Couldn't Tell Me: Missing Pieces of the Past
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 5/17/2013
    As a child, I spent many afternoons poring over my grandmother’s photos, the majority of which were stored in albums. However, the oldest images—black-and-white or sepia-toned pictures in various stages ...more
  • Fairy Tale Tea Party at the Patterson Park Library
    By Meredith Veatch
    Posted on 5/16/2013
    I love Fairy Tale Festival. If the truth be known, I love it more than I love summer reading, mostly because it’s not as hot outside, but also because I adore fairy tales. But the main reason I love Fairy ...more
  • Gender and Cover Art: The Coverflip Challenge
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 5/14/2013
    Can you really judge a book by it's cover? ...more
  • Celebrating the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Launch
    By Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 5/14/2013
    The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Reisterstown Road Branch was awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant, one of only eight grants awarded in Maryland. The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a project of the ...more
  • Anatomy of the Poe Collection
    By Sarah Gearhart, Volunteer in Special Collections
    Posted on 5/13/2013
    Many of the books I handle in my volunteer job in Special Collections are "tender" (their bindings are loose) and some are "cocked" ("usually caused by either reading the book, or stacking cases of beer ...more
  • Pratt Profile: Sights & Sounds Regular Peter Geier
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • Wreck-It-Up At The Library With Free Family Flicks
    By Ryan O'Grady
    Posted on 5/10/2013
    Line your pockets full of quarters and head on down to the Central Library this Saturday, May 11, to watch Wreck-It Ralph. This screening is part of the Library’s Free Family Flicks series, the once-a-month ...more
  • Light Street Branch’s Lynne Parks Earns 2013 Baker Artist Award
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 5/10/2013
    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
  • The Best Book Club Ever
    By Tonette Cherry, Guest Blogger
    Posted on 5/7/2013
    The best Book Club Ever meets at the Brooklyn Branch Enoch Pratt Library. Soda and coffee served as refreshments, an it is a comfortable and relaxed setting. There is a group of us ladies who meet every ...more
  • 'Countdown to Kindergarten Day' at Port Discovery
    By Kinshasa Vargas-Pile, Children's Librarian, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
    Posted on 5/6/2013
    This spring, the Enoch Pratt Free Library provided customers with free tickets to Port Discovery’s early literacy event Countdown to Kindergarten Day (CTK Day) on April 20. This event is hosted by Port ...more
  • Real Talk about Writing with YA Author L. Divine
    By Melanie Townsend Diggs
    Last Edited on 5/3/2013
    On April 10, 2013, the author, L. Divine spent an hour at the Forest Park Branch talking with a group of teens and a few adults about her series, Drama High, and the art of writing. The group was very ...more