August 2012

  • Get Carded: September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month
    by Roswell Encina
    Last Edited on 9/6/2012
    September is “Library Card Sign-up Month.” It’s a time when the Pratt Library reminds parents that the most important school supply of all is a library card. But nowadays, it gives you more than just  ...more
  • Come Work or Lounge in the Library with our Free Wi-Fi
    By Teresa Duggan
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Did you know that the Pratt Library offers all customers free Wi-Fi access in most all library locations? With the temporary exception of the Washington Village Branch, any Pratt Library location you visit ...more
  • War Posters Collection
    By Michael Johnson
    Last Edited on 8/29/2012
    One of my favorite collections at the Pratt is the War Posters Collection. Not being a war buff, and not being any kind of expert on early 20th century history, it surprised me a bit at how much I liked ...more
  • History: The Pratt Library in World War II
    By Jeff Korman
    Last Edited on 8/28/2012
    Baltimore, a city capable of major industrial production, was key to military preparedness during World War II. Thousands went to work each day in the shipyards and steel mills, yet everyone in the country ...more
  • Back to School at the Library
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 8/27/2012
    Whether summer seemed to fly or was the longest two months of your life, there’s no denying one thing: School is back in session. ...more
  • A History: The Wheel of Information Keeps Spinning
    By Brian Manning, Telephone Reference Service
    Last Edited on 10/22/2012
    Call the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Telephone Reference Service (TRS) with a question—ranging from the correct spelling of "insurrection," to what the heck is in scrapple?—and librarians are waiting to ...more
  • Our Baltimore Stories: Pratt Chat Celebrates 3 Months
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 8/23/2012
    What I like best in Baltimore is the people, the neighborhoods and what goes on in the neighborhoods. Each has its own stories, own diners and own quirks. It's about community.— Barbara Mikulski, U.S. ...more
  • A Brief Glimpse of What is to Come: David Rakoff 1964-2012
    By Ryan O'Grady
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    I have always felt a kinship with sardonic writers who offer their unique perspective on how to live in this world. I’ve seen David Sedaris speak a few times—he usually visits Baltimore about once a year—and ...more
  • Artist as Reader: A Portrait of Trish Rawlings
    By Shaileen B, Fiction Department
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    When Patricia (Trish) Rawlings drops by the Fiction Department, she hovers over our new books like an excited hummingbird. Trish is more than just a passionate reader, however. A writer and artist herself, ...more
  • A Voyage of Discovery: The Writing of Laura Ingalls Wilder
    By Ann Weller Dahl
    Last Edited on 8/22/2012
    Four generations of children and adults have enjoyed the classic novels by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) known collectively as the Little House books. Wilder was 65 years old when the first of the nine ...more
  • Wii Fun! My Volunteer Experience at the Pratt
    By Melissa Chalmer, Volunteer
    Last Edited on 8/17/2012
    As a member of the Nintendo Generation, I was ecstatic to learn that the Pratt Library Wii system was going to make its debut at the Roland Park Branch. I was asked to pilot the three-day Teen Wii program ...more
  • Apps for Kids
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 8/29/2012
    Smart phones, tablets, and computers are dominating our lives these days. So, it’s only natural that we turn to these devices to see what they can do for kids. With apps and eBooks galore, it’s hard to ...more
  • Baby Olympics 2012 in Highlandtown!
    By Cindy Kleback and Edwin Perez
    Last Edited on 8/15/2012
    On Your Mark... Get Set... Go!  ...more
  • Summer Reading Program Finales at the Reisterstown Road Branch
    By L. Scott, Lamar Pinkett, and Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 8/14/2012
    What are YOU saying about the Summer Reading Program this year? ...more
  • Photos: Light St Branch Altered Book Contest Winners
    By Melanie Jacobs, Light Street Branch
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Through the years, the Friends of Light Street Branch have made significant contributions to the library. The group has purchased a book drop, given $500 to enhance the children’s book collection, and ...more
  • Hammering Through the Brick Wall: 3 Tips for New Genealogists
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    It’s a fact: Regardless of skill level, experience, or serendipity, all family historians will encounter dead ends in their research. ...more
  • The Dark K(Night): On Hope and Tragedy
    By Brian DeLuca
    Last Edited on 8/9/2012
    Seventy years ago, in an American city not much different from our own, a young family of three walked down the wrong street known as Crime Alley, and history was changed forever. Minutes after seeing ...more
  • Urgh! Two Perfectly Overdone Rockumentaries
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 8/8/2012
    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
  • Gaining Virtual Ground: Digital Reading at Pratt Library
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    In May 2011, e-retailer announced that sales of e-books outpaced sales of print books on its website. This past June, the Association of American Publishers issued a report indicating that for ...more
  • Grow Your Child's Brain
    By Selma Levi, Children's Department Supervisor, and Ryan O'Grady
    Last Edited on 8/6/2012
    Looking for an exciting and interactive learning tool for your toddler or young child? Look no further. Here at The Enoch Pratt Free Library State Library Resource Center Children’s Department, we post ...more
  • New Digital Collection: Manumissions, Indentures, and Bills of Sale
    By Michael Scott, Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Coordinator
    Last Edited on 8/6/2012
    On July 29, 1845, Betsey Nugent, a free woman of color living in the Howard District of Anne Arundel County, bought her daughter Harriet from slaveowner Rezin B. Simpson for $260. She had borrowed some ...more
  • Waverly Friends Book Sort and Pizza Social
    By Brittney Baltimore
    Last Edited on 8/2/2012
    On Saturday, July 29th, the EPFL Waverly Branch Friends Group held a Book Sort and Pizza Social. The Book Sort was a volunteer run event organized by Ann Giroux of the Waverly Friends. Volunteers helped ...more
  • Sheroes at The Library: Women of Strength and Courage
    By Marilyn Jones
    Last Edited on 8/1/2012
    The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines the word shero as "a woman regarded as a hero" and the word hero as "a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities." Most of us can rattle off a list ...more