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  • Explore Your Family Tree at the Pratt Library
    By Claire Wang, Social Science and History Department Librarian
    Last Edited on 5/15/2014
    Who do we think we are? Whether we’re experienced researchers or are just starting out, this is an exciting time to be involved in genealogy. With the advent of new and improved DNA testing options, ...more
  • The Library's Yearbook Collection is a Trip Down Memory Lane
    Caprice DiLiello, Acting Manager of the Maryland Department
    Last Edited on 4/23/2014
    Remember that awful perm you had in 11th grade? Do you still think about your favorite high school teacher and know that you could never have passed calculus without her help? And what about that old flame ...more
  • Libraries Serving Nonprofits: A Grants Collection Story
    By Paul Chasen
    Last Edited on 4/12/2014
    As individuals, we have our various reasons for visiting a public library: borrow a copy of the latest James Patterson novel, find the required amount of articles for your research assignment, or meet ...more
  • A Viral Bathtub Story & A Dry Martini: Mencken Day is Sept 7
    By Jackie Watts, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 9/4/2013
    Just about everybody knows that Millard Fillmore was a clean politician. After all, he’s the president who installed the first bathtub in the White House. And how do we know that? It’s general knowledge. ...more
  • A Stitch in Time: Replicating the Star-Spangled Banner
    By Diana Geis
    Last Edited on 8/30/2013
    In early July of 1813, Mary Pickersgill signed the contract and began creating the flag that would be raised over Fort McHenry and inspire Francis Scott Key to compose the words to our national anthem, ...more
  • Muckrakers in the Stacks
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 6/7/2013
    When we think of famous investigative journalists, writers such as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who investigated the Watergate Scandal, might come to mind. Or we might remember that Seymour Hersh uncovered ...more
  • 150 Years Ago This Week in the Civil War
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 6/7/2013
    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
  • 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
  • 10 Answers to eBook and eReader FAQs
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 4/29/2013
    Since early 2011, the Pratt Library has offered customers presentations about eBooks and eReaders. Yet, as digital reading technology continues to evolve, people still have plenty of questions. Though ...more
  • Listening at the Library
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 4/8/2013
    A few weeks ago I visited my optometrist because I’d been getting a lot of headaches, and I wondered if I needed a new prescription for my glasses. The good news is I don’t need new glasses. The bad news, ...more
  • Bicycles in Bloom
    by Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 4/4/2013
    Well, it’s spring time, and for many people it’s time to dust off the old bicycle and hit the road for some jovial jaunts and freewheeling flings. But before you hop on your bicycle and start peddling ...more
  • Exhibiting An Original Lincoln Document at Central Library
    By Michael Johnson
    Posted on 2/21/2013
    Last Tuesday (February 12) was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and in celebration we decided we wanted to try something new. The Library has always been lucky enough to have gracious supporters, and over the ...more
  • Year in Review: 2012 Digital Projects
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 3/14/2016
  • Imagery as Narrative: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 12/11/2012
    As a Young Adult Services Librarian, I spend much of my time reading teen literature. I always enjoy coming across a book that introduces a new reading experience, apart from the typical fare. So, imagine ...more
  • Politics Not As Usual: My Top Ten Favorite Political Films
    By Brian DeLuca
    Last Edited on 11/29/2012
    What is the cure for too much politics? Why more politics, of course! Or at least some really great films about politics. With the recently-released "Lincoln" and "Argo" playing at your local multiplex, ...more
  • Did the English and Wampanoag Really Eat Pumpkin Pie? A Brief Look at Thanksgiving's Origins
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 11/20/2012
    On this Thanksgiving Eve, many of us are preparing to gather around the centerpiece of this beloved tradition: food. Although no two Thanksgiving menus are exactly identical—regional fare such as sauerkraut ...more
  • Friendship: The Story Behind Baltimore's First Airport
    By Jeff Korman
    Posted on 11/7/2012
    While waiting in line to pass through security at BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport last week I gave some thought to the evolution of our busy, ultra-modern airport. I go way back with this place. ...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
  • 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 10/17/2012
    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
  • 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 10/18/2012
    If you’ve ever used Census records to hunt down family members, you may have noticed something unusual about your ancestor’s name.  ...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
  • 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