July 2012

  • Boatbuilding and Rabbit Stew: DPLA Use Cases
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 7/31/2012
    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
  • Remembering: Favorite authors lost in the past year
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 7/30/2012
    It’s been a tough year for children’s literature. Every time I turn around it seems that another beloved author or illustrator of children’s books has died. It started last year when Diana Wynne Jones ...more
  • 2012 Olympics: Baltimore was a contender!
    By Jeff Korman
    Last Edited on 7/27/2012
    Opening ceremonies at the London Olympics are almost upon us. I'm a big sports fan but admit that I don't look for the latest news in water polo, equestrian or pentathlon when I open the sports pages of ...more
  • Get Your Collectible Pratt Chat MiniCards!
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 6/14/2013
    In celebration of Pratt Chat, we created a special set of Moo MiniCards. There are over two dozen different designs featuring beautiful photos paired with quotes about libraries, storytelling, and wri ...more
  • In the News: Washington Post Spotlights Southeast Anchor Library
    By Roswell Encina
    Last Edited on 7/25/2012
    Today's Washington Post has Baltimore all over it. The front page story, "Baltimore puts out welcome mat for immigrants", focuses on the growing immigrant population in Charm City and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's strategy ...more
  • See and share Pratt Library photos on Flickr
    By Teresa Duggan
    Last Edited on 11/5/2012
    Did you know that the Pratt Library currently has over 2,500 photos and other images on Flickr? Flickr is an online photo sharing website for anyone to share their images, or to share information through ...more
  • New App: Explore Baltimore Heritage
    By Michael Johnson
    Last Edited on 7/23/2012
    The Pratt Library and several other local institutions have been working with Baltimore Heritage the last several months on an exciting new project. Their new Explore Baltimore Heritage app and website ...more
  • The Unique Baltimore Art of Painted Screens
    By Cindy Kleback and Morgan Stanton, Southeast Anchor Library
    Posted on 7/20/2012
    According to The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, painted screens were first introduced to the city in 1913. Row home owners, particularly in the ethnic neighborhoods of East and Southeast Baltimore, ...more
  • Adventure is Worthwhile in Itself: The Ongoing Search for Amelia Earhart
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 7/19/2012
    Nikumaroro, an island fragment of the Republic of Kiribati in the central tropical Pacific Ocean, doesn’t receive many visitors. This month, however, the uninhabited coral atoll became the focus of a privately-funded ...more
  • Get Fit @ Your Library
    by Ann Marie Lalmansingh, Waverly Branch
    Last Edited on 7/18/2012
    Get Fit @ Your Library began at the Waverly Branch library three years ago. The line dancing classes led by Frances Spears and Ann Marie Lalmansingh, staff at the branch, whose commitment to promoting ...more
  • Caribbean Heritage Month at the Pratt
    By Ann Marie Lalmansingh and Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 7/17/2012
    June marked the seventh year of celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month. The celebration also marked the 50th anniversary of independence for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Three Pratt branches ...more
  • Dry Ice, Graduated Cylinders, Test Tubes, and Science in the Summer at Pratt
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 7/16/2012
    It’s no secret that we’ve got literacy covered at the Pratt. Books and media are kind of our thing. What might be a surprise to some is that we’re also doing science in the library! Hands-on, real life ...more
  • The Trial of the Century? Not OJ. Not the Manson gang.
    By Jackie Watts, Menckeniana Editor
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    The State of Tennessee v. Scopes, which began on July 10, 1925, was the first trial subjected to the massive burden of worldwide attention. Before the formation of any of America’s three major broadcast ...more
  • The Most Glittering Kind of Poetry: 3 Ways to Experience The Bach Cello Suites
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 7/12/2012
    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
  • Reels at the Pratt: 5 Must-See 16mm Films
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • Summer Fun for Teens
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 7/10/2012
    Every summer, teens at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch can expect two sure things: teen summer reading, and a variety of fun programs. These programs nurture teens’ interest in arts and crafts, community, ...more
  • 3 New Job Search Tools at Your Library
    By Marilyn Jones
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    It's no secret that the Pratt Library has hundreds of computers available for the public to use. There are 32 computers with Internet access at the Forest Park Branch alone. Almost every month, Forest ...more
  • Palimpsests to Grangerism: Altered Books at the Pratt
    By Melanie Jacobs, Light Street Branch
    Last Edited on 7/6/2012
    Have you ever considered altering a book and transforming it into a work of art? Accidentally dropping a book in a puddle of water doesn't count! ...more
  • Video: Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Treasure Hunt
    By Stefanie Thomas and Melissa Gnibus, Roland Park Branch
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    It is summer reading time at the Roland Park Branch, and this year, some very special friends got a chance to “Dream Big”! Many of our young readers dropped off their favorite stuffed animal friends on ...more
  • Liberty Defined
    By Brian DeLuca, Roland Park Branch
    Last Edited on 7/3/2012
    On this Independence Day, the political arena reverberates with attempts to elucidate the intentions of our Founding Fathers when they first established this country. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, ...more
  • Time Magazine says Libraries are a 'Smart Investment for the Country's Future'
    By Roswell Encina
    Last Edited on 7/2/2012
    I was very honored and lucky to be part of a wonderful celebration last week at the Library of Congress. Librarians and university presidents from across the country gathered to commemorate two great institutions: ...more