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Events and Programs

  • Ready, Set, Read! Twelve Reviews from the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 6/27/2016
    Here are some of the reviews written so far by participants in the Adult Summer Reading Program, "Exercise Your Mind. Read!"Jessica B. (Central Library) on The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James ...more
  • The Poetry Contest Winner: 'Charlotte Darling'
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 6/6/2016
    It's been a busy, exciting spring at the Pratt Library, so you might have missed one highlight: Saundra Rose Maley won our fifth annual Poetry Contest with her poem, "Charlotte Darling." The contest attracted ...more
  • Thumbs Up! Eleven Recommendations from Adult Summer Reading Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Posted on 8/7/2015
    Still searching for the perfect beach book? Here are suggestions from participants in our Adult Summer Reading Program:Kristen S. (Central Library) on Normal by Graeme Cameron: "Reminiscent of Dexter with ...more
  • A Reader's Dozen: Twelve More Reviews from Adult Summer Reading Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 7/30/2015
    Here are 12 terrific book reviews from participants in our Adult Summer Reading program:Kaleb M. (Central Library) on The Martian by Andy Weir: "It was awesome! I hope the upcoming movie does it justice. ...more
  • What's Hot in the Adult Summer Reading Program: 10 More Book Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 7/21/2015
    Wondering what books are hot this summer? Check out these reviews from participants in our Adult Summer Reading Program:Caitlyn L. (Central Library) on The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos: "As a poet, ...more
  • In the Good Old Summer Time Reading Program: Ten More Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 7/16/2015
    Here are more marvelous recommendations from Adult Summer Reading participants:Kate D. (Central Library) on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: "OK, I haven't actually tidied up, but ...more
  • Extraordinary Reads: Ten More Reviews from Adult Summer Reading Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 7/11/2015
    The Adult Summer Reading adventure continues! Here are more reviews from participants: ...more
  • Great Escapes: Ten Book Reviews from Adult Summer Reading Participants
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 6/27/2015
    Escape the ordinary! That’s what the participants in our Adult Summer Reading Program are doing. Here are some of their extraordinary reads:Pat F. (Central Library) on The Secret History of Fantasy, edited ...more
  • What Is Blacklight Photography?
    By Sylvie Merlier-Rowen, Children's Department
    Last Edited on 2/17/2015
    Light and Reflection: Blacklight and Other Photography by Sylvie Merlier-Rowen is an exhibit on display through March 21, 2015 in the Fine Arts and Music Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland ...more
  • Pratt 5X3: Patrick Joust
    By Caitlin S., Librarian in the Fine Arts and Music Department
    Last Edited on 11/28/2014
    Three Baltimore photographers who are also Pratt Library staff members are presenting five photos each in a joint exhibit of their work. This blog post features work by Patrick Joust. ...more
  • Pratt 5X3: Lynne Parks
    By William Jones, Manager of The Fine Arts and Music Department
    Last Edited on 11/1/2014
    Pratt 5X3 is a joint exhibit featuring the work of three Baltimore photographers who are also Pratt Library staff members. Each artist has contributed five photos to the show. This blog post features work ...more
  • Pratt 5X3: A Photography Exhibit
    By William Jones, Manager of The Fine Arts and Music Department
    Last Edited on 10/1/2014
    Pratt 5X3 is a photography exhibit that is currently on display now through November 2nd in the Fine Arts and Music Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland State Library Resource Center. Three ...more
  • Seven Fabulous Facts About Adult Summer Reading 2014
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/27/2014
    As summer ends, here are seven things to celebrate about this year's Adult Summer Reading Program, "Literary Elements":1. We counted 1491 readers reading 8026 books. Wow! Those are our best numbers ever! ...more
  • Books That Did Not 'Bohr' Them: Final Adult Summer Reading Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/13/2014
    As Einstein said, time sure can fly! It's hard to believe that Literary Elements, the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program, is over. Here's one last sampling of reviews from our terrific participants:Ryan ...more
  • Natural Reactions: Adult Summer Reading Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/13/2014
    It may not be rocket science, but there’s an explosion of interest every time a participant in the Adult Summer Reading Program, “Literary Elements,” enjoys a good read. Here are examples:Mart K. (Central ...more
  • Good Chemistry: More Adult Summer Reading Reviews
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/1/2014
    There has been definite chemistry between certain participants in Literary Elements, our Adult Summer Reading program, and certain books! Here are examples:Joanne S. (Central Library) on The Double Game ...more
  • Eureka! More Reviews From The Adult Summer Reading Program
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 9/13/2014
    Here are some more wonderful reviews from participants in Literary Elements, the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program: Heather T. (Central Library) on Unending Devotion on Jody Hedlund:"I love period pieces ...more
  • Elementary, My Dear Reader! Reviews From The Adult Summer Reading Program
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 7/11/2014
    The game is afoot! Ever since the start of the 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program, "Literary Elements," participants have tracked down all sorts of exciting reads. Here are some reviews:Taylor M. (Central ...more
  • Kicking Off Adult Summer Reading 2014
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 7/1/2014
    What better way to kick off the Adult Summer Reading Program than an evening with three of Maryland's favorite authors? Last Tuesday Sheri Booker, Dan Fesperman, and Sarah Pekkanen delighted an audience ...more
  • 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 Poetry Contest Winner: 'Responsibility'
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 4/12/2014
    Happy National Poetry Month! May all of us have an April full of wonderful poems, new and old. One wonderful new poem we're celebrating at the Library is "Responsibility" by Mya Green, the winner of our ...more
  • New and for You! The Pratt Library Calendar
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 1/6/2014
    Do you have a calendar for 2014 yet? We have a great new one at the Pratt Library. It has more library events to find, a nice clean layout, bigger images, and a faster search. But our favorite thing about ...more
  • Fun with Fiber Arts
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 12/12/2013
    Fiber arts are enjoying an incredible resurgence in popularity these days. Resources like YouTube have made it easier than ever to learn crafts like knitting, crochet, sewing and weaving. In addition, ...more
  • Poetry and Conversation: Elizabeth Spires and Joelle Biele

    Last Edited on 11/13/2013
    By Shaileen B.What better time to think about time, life's robber and renovator, than autumn? Elizabeth Spires and Joelle Biele, our guests for tonight's Poetry and Conversation event, often meditate on ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Hailey Leithauser
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 10/24/2013
    "Re-voodoo do-over..." ...more
  • Learn About Your Healthcare Options at the Library
    By John Jewitt, Business, Science, and Technology Department
    Last Edited on 10/4/2013
    October 1 marked the first day Marylanders could sign up for health insurance through the Maryland Health Connection, a creation of the Affordable Care Act. In each county or region of the state, an organization ...more
  • Spook Yourself Silly: Free Family Flicks Featuring Frankenweenie
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Last Edited on 10/7/2013
    October is here and that means it is almost time for ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. Pratt’s free family flicks series is celebrating by bringing you not one, but two spooky flicks: Frankenweenie and Hotel ...more
  • A Big Baltimore Book Festival Thank You
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Last Edited on 10/3/2013
    The Enoch Pratt Free Library tent at the 2013 Baltimore Book Festival was a huge success. Not only did we have a variety of authors, guest speakers, and guest performers, but we also had four different ...more
  • Pratt Library Guide to the Baltimore Book Festival
    By Lucie Ferguson
    Last Edited on 9/26/2013
    With so many readings, workshops and fun events at the 2013 Baltimore Book Festival (September 27-29 in Mount Vernon Place), you might need a to-do list. Here’s one suggested agenda for how to enjoy the ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Bruce A. Jacobs
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 9/26/2013
    So often, the best parts come last, and that might be true of the last event in the Pratt Library tent at the Baltimore Book Festival. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, just when the golden ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Jane Satterfield
    By Kathleen Neil, Collection Management Department
    Last Edited on 9/25/2013
    When the Baltimore Book Festival opens its tents on September 27 to 29, the Pratt Library will be there—hosting many authors and events. Poetry will, of course, have a place and the featured poets reading ...more
  • #GetCarded for a Chance to Win Prizes
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 9/24/2013
    September is Library Card Signup Month, and we're running a contest! ...more
  • Poetry and Conversation: Joanna Pearson
    By Kim Leith, Humanities Department
    Last Edited on 9/24/2013
    Poet Joanna Pearson brings to her writing exquisite craft mixed with often quirky subject matter, which she will be bringing to our September 24 Poetry & Conversation event at the Central Library. For ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Megan McShea
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 9/18/2013
    A Mountain City of Toad Splendor: what a deliciously playful title! I suspect playfulness will be in the air at our next Poetry & Conversation, Tuesday, September 24. That's when the author of that book, ...more
  • Free Family Flick: A Yellow Brick Road for a Newer Generation
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Last Edited on 9/13/2013
    Here at the Pratt Library, we often ask program attendees to provide feedback on their experience and let us know how we are doing. The feedback for the Free Family Flicks series has been overwhelmingly ...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
  • Lunching and Looking Back at Groundbreaking Reads
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/28/2013
    An uncontrollable urge: that theme kept coming up in the Poe Room this past Saturday, August 24, when select winners of the Adult Summer Reading draw met to celebrate at a luncheon with Pratt Library CEO ...more
  • The Poetics of Memory
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 9/9/2013
    How is your memory? When it comes to certain things, my memory is like a steel trap; but otherwise, it’s more like a soggy noodle. I’ve always been impressed by my friends who can quote things verbatim, ...more
  • The Palace of Impossible Dreams: Altered Books Contest Photos
    By Melanie Jacobs, Light Street Branch
    Last Edited on 8/22/2013
    For the second year in a row, the Light Street Branch held an Altered Books Contest in conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading Program. The entries this year were phenomenal and showed immense creativity. ...more
  • Farewell to Summer Reading 2013
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 8/19/2013
    It’s been a pretty great summer full of reading and fun at the Pratt Library! Not only did we offer loads of great programming for kids from magic shows to live music, but we also saw lots of books and ...more
  • Rise and Shine for the Last Free Family Flick of the Summer
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Posted on 8/9/2013
    What film brings together The Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost, and Santa? Here’s a hint: the trio is part of the Immortal Guardians, a group that has vowed to protect Earth and the innocence of children everywhere. ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Piotr Gwiazda
    By Kathleen Neil, Collection Management Department
    Last Edited on 9/17/2013
    While it’s August and some may be heading on vacations—to the beach or other well-planned destinations—on Wednesday, August 7th, Piotr Gwiazda, with poet Joseph Ross, will take listeners on a journey through ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Joseph Ross
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 8/1/2013
    On Wednesday, August 7 poets Joseph Ross and Piotr Gwiazda will join us for Poetry & Conversation. To get our creative thinking moving in anticipation of this great event, I had the opportunity to interview ...more
  • GO Northwest Housing Resource Center and the Forest Park Branch: Helping Homeowners Recover
    By Melanie Townsend
    Posted on 7/24/2013
    Every other Monday a housing counselor from GO Northwest Housing Resource Center presents a workshop called The Road to Mortgage Recovery at the Forest Park Branch. This presentation "helps families who ...more
  • Age of Champions
    By Greg Sesek, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 7/15/2013
    On Tuesday, June 25 in Wheeler Auditorium, 175 local seniors attended a screening of Age of Champions, an award-winning PBS documentary. Organized by Programs & Publications Department staff member Theresa ...more
  • Free Family Flick: Journey To The Library This Weekend
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Last Edited on 7/5/2013
    It’s that time of the year again, when box office smash hits from Hollywood reign at movie theaters. Here at the Pratt Library, we are showing our own smash summer blockbuster flick! Get ready for huge ...more
  • Adult Summer Reading Kicks Off
    By Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 6/11/2013
    Every summer has a story, and this year each location of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is bringing its own unique twist to the Adult Summer Reading Program.  ...more
  • Monster Saturday At The Library
    By Ryan O'Grady
    Posted on 6/7/2013
    Get ready for the prequel in style! No, this is not The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit—it’s a screening of Monsters, Inc. in preparation for the launch of the prequel, Monsters University, later this ...more
  • Digging into the Summer Reading Program
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 6/3/2013
    Though the official summer season doesn't begin until June 21, we’re already "digging into" summer at the Pratt Library with the start of our annual Summer Reading Program! ...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
  • [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
    Posted on 5/21/2013
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Young Makers are Building Circuits at Waverly Branch
    By Rose Anne Ullrich, Children's Librarian, Waverly Branch
    Last Edited on 4/30/2013
    On April 16, Waverly Branch hosted an exciting children's program called Chemistry in the Library, presented by Dr. Sandra K. Young, the Materials Research Engineer/Program Manager at the US Army Research ...more
  • Free Family Flicks: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Last Edited on 4/26/2013
    If you want an extra special film experience, come to the Central Library this Saturday, April 27 at 2pm, to watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Whether you are revisiting this classic or seeing it for the ...more
  • Congratulations on the Launch, DPLA!
    By Diana Geis, Audience and Participation Workstream Coordinator and Jessica Keyes, participant
    Last Edited on 4/25/2013
    After 2 years of care and feeding, the Berkman Center, Harvard University, is ready to step back and push the little Digital Public Library of America bird out of the nest. And so, on Thursday, April 18, ...more
  • The Poetry Contest Winner: 'To the Bird That Wakes Me'
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 9/17/2013
    Ah, April! You may be the cruelest month, but in Maryland you're a month full of poetry and birdsong. Those two elements came together for Lori Powell, who won the Pratt Library's second annual Poetry ...more
  • [Photos] Fairy Tale Festival at Herring Run Branch
    By Karen Burdnell, Children's Librarian
    Last Edited on 4/22/2013
    This year the theme for our Fairy Tale Ball, which took place on April 11, was Fairies and Elves. I had a friend who planted a fairy garden in her back yard and I thought it would be fun to do something ...more
  • The Poetry Circle Celebrates at Reisterstown Road Branch
    By Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 9/17/2013
    There are so many ways to celebrate poetry! That was our goal for the April meeting of the Poetry Circle at the Reisterstown Road Library. ...more
  • Today is National Bookmobile Day!
    By Carlotta Young, Bookmobile Librarian
    Last Edited on 4/17/2013
    Held on the Wednesday of National Library Week, National Bookmobile Day began in 2010. This day recognizes the role of bookmobiles and direct delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries. ...more
  • Birds of a Feather Double-Bill Together
    By Marc Sober, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 4/15/2013
    While planning my FILMTALK screening at the Central Library for April 20, I wanted to do something a little special, as it was to be the 10th anniversary of the Saturday morning program (see a list of ...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
  • Fairy Tale Extravaganza This Weekend: Free and Fun for All Ages!
    by Teresa Duggan
    Last Edited on 4/3/2013
    This Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 we will be celebrating the 11th Annual Fairy Tale Extravaganza at the Central Library. The event will be taking over Central Hall as well as much of the children's ...more
  • Upcoming Book Discussions and Programs: The Value of Open Spaces
    By Brian DeLuca
    Last Edited on 3/20/2013
    The Roland Park Branch, in collaboration with the Open Space Campaign for Greater Roland Park, is hosting a three-part book discussion series this winter and spring. The books in this series were chosen ...more
  • Reflecting Reality: 'The City Through Our Eyes'
    Reposted with permission from Wide Angle Youth Media
    Last Edited on 3/18/2013
    Wide Angle Youth Media partners with the Enoch Pratt Free Library on the Baltimore Speaks Out! Program to provide youth ages 10-15 with free media education in their own community. ...more
  • Hopping on the Pratt Buck Bandwagon at Southeast Anchor Library
    By Ellie Mullen, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 3/15/2013
    Children at the Southeast Anchor Library are rolling in the dough... Pratt Bucks that is! Since the introduction of Pratt’s Read Down Fines initiative in January, the children’s department has seen a significant ...more
  • Read Down Fines: The Adventure Continues
    By Lamar Pinkett, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 3/15/2013
    The Pratt Library's new initiative to help young readers Read Down Fines is an innovative approach to get our children and teen customers back to reading and checking materials out. Since the start of ...more
  • Sports Journalism 101 with Stan Charles
    By Linda Schwartz, Brooklyn Branch
    Last Edited on 3/22/2016
    For more than 20 years Stan "the Fan" Charles has kept his finger on the pulse of local Baltimore sports. The Ravens, the Orioles, the Terps, he's covered them all. Currently he is the publisher of the ...more
  • Supreme Justice Sotomayor Inspires Pratt Audiences
    By Jessica Keyes
    Last Edited on 3/4/2013
    Last night, an audience of 900 people packed the Main Hall and Wheeler Auditorium at the Central Library to hear Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor read from her memoir, My Beloved World, and speak ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Karen Garthe's CHARTER
    by Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 9/17/2013
    The arrivals and departures of boats make such beautiful subjects for poems, which are always abandoning or landing at places inside ourselves. Think of "Where Go the Boats?" by Robert Louis Stevenson, ...more
  • Drumming with Doc Gibbs at Forest Park Branch
    By Melanie Townsend Diggs
    Posted on 2/26/2013
    In honor of Black History Month, Leonard "Doc" Gibbs, a notable African-American musician, presented the musical program, Drum, Dance and Percussion, at the Forest Park Branch on February 6, 2013. Although ...more
  • [Video] African Drum, Dance, and Percussion at Reisterstown Road Branch
    By Lamar Pinkett, Guest Blogger, Reisterstown Road Branch
    Posted on 2/20/2013
    The Reisterstown Road Branch Library is excited to be hosting a plethora of programs for the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. On February 5, 2013 local performing artist Doc Gibbs ...more
  • National Children's Dental Health Month
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Posted on 2/19/2013
    Many of us associate words like “root canal,” “cavity,” “crown,” and “extraction” with our teeth and going to the dentist. While none of these things are particularly pleasant, many are preventable. Keeping ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Chris Mason's Poems about Places
    By Shaileen B
    Last Edited on 9/17/2013
    Even in these days of e-books and electronic communication, the Pratt Library continues to thrive as a set of lovely, historic buildings where people encounter one another face to face. Take the upcoming ...more
  • On Display Today Only: Presidential Appointment Signed by Lincoln
    By Roswell Encina
    Last Edited on 2/12/2013
    On February 12, 2013, Lincoln's 204th birthday, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is displaying a Presidential Appointment signed by Abraham Lincoln in the Main Hall of the Central Library. The display will ...more
  • Two Hundred Years of Pride and Prejudice
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 2/7/2013
    The first time I heard of Jane Austen, I was twelve years old. It was 1996, and the famous Pride and Prejudice miniseries starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth had just aired for the first time on American ...more
  • Plagued by Library Fines? Kids & Teens can Wipe the Slate Clean
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 3/15/2013
    There are some things I immediately and pleasantly associate with childhood, including: my first crush; collecting and reading comics; playing baseball until after dark; and the wonder of exploring the ...more
  • Watch The Oscar-Nominated Flick ParaNorman
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Last Edited on 2/1/2013
    The Oscars will not air on television until Sunday, February 24, but before then you can catch a screening of one of the nominees right here at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Nominated for the best animated ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Sue Ellen Thompson's 'Blue Blanket'
    By Shaileen B
    Last Edited on 9/17/2013
    "Heavens, I recognize the place, I know it!" says Elizabeth Bishop in the middle of one of my favorite poems, as she realizes that a painting by a stranger shows a countryside where she has been in real ...more
  • We Have a Winner: Naming the Girl in the Window
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 1/24/2013
  • Poetry & Conversation: Talking with Poet Kathleen Hellen
    By Shaileen B
    Last Edited on 9/17/2013
    Umberto's Night: doesn't that have a terrific ring to it? This darkly musical phrase is the title of a new book by Kathleen Hellen, whom we welcome to the Pratt Library on January 30 for the first Poetry ...more
  • Wipe Your Slate Clean: Read Down Fines!
    By Roswell Encina
    Last Edited on 1/24/2013
    The Enoch Pratt Free Library is launching a year-long campaign called Read Down Fines to help children and teens reduce or eliminate their library fines. ...more
  • Enjoy A Free Family Flick
    By Ryan O'Grady
    Posted on 1/2/2013
    If you are looking for some free entertainment in the new year, check out Free Family Flicks at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Come celebrate the fourth anniversary of the series, which has been running ...more
  • [Video] An Evening of Classical Music at Reisterstown Road Branch
    By Greg Fromme, Reisterstown Road Branch
    Last Edited on 12/20/2012
    On Wednesday, December 12, the Reisterstown Road branch had the privilege of hosting two extraordinary Baltimore area musicians for an evening of classical music. ...more
  • Film Event: December's Double-Thrill Double Bill
    By Marc Sober and Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 12/13/2012
    Marc Sober in the Humanities Department has been hosting "FilmTalk," a once-a-month Saturday morning film and discussion series, for almost 10 years. Tom Warner, in the Sights & Sounds Department, has ...more
  • Craft your own Fall Poem at the Poetry Circle
    By Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 11/19/2012
    I love fall—the colors, the crispness in the air, and the excuse to turn on the oven and bake. As I was planning for the first meeting of the new Poetry Circle at the Reisterstown Road Branch, I thought ...more
  • Growing Imaginations and Sharing Stories: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the National Association of Black Storytellers
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 11/16/2012
    Libraries are known for keeping and providing access to the printed word, whether it’s on the page or the screen. What we’re really keeping, though, is more than words. We’re keeping stories. ...more
  • The Promise of Pennsylvania: The Renewal of a Neighborhood Branch
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 11/16/2012
    When the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch first opened to the public on January 15, 1953, the former director of Pratt Library, Joseph Wheeler, commented that "It's the finest public library (branch) in the ...more
  • sophiajacob Lecture Symposium
    By Brittney Baltimore
    Last Edited on 11/2/2012
    This Saturday, November 3rd from 1-5 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Poe Room, sophiajacob, a contemporary art space dedicated to a continuous program of exhibitions by emerging and established artists, ...more
  • The Vow to be Cool: Meeting Writers at Bookfest
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 11/1/2012
    If you’re a regular Pratt Chat reader, or if you tried to drive through Mt. Vernon during the last weekend of September, you probably already know about the Baltimore Book Festival. Still being relatively ...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
  • Baltimore: My City, My Home
    By Harriet Lynn, Producer/Artistic Director of Heritage Theatre Artists' Consortium
    Last Edited on 10/19/2012
    My mother, Ruth Garbis (née: Rochkind), was a gifted poet who did not take her work seriously. However, she was passionate about the written word, and would literally surround herself with books. The Enoch ...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
  • 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
  • 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 10/4/2012
    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 Warmth of a Cold Nose
    By Ryan O'Grady
    Last Edited on 10/2/2012
  • Cover to Cover at the Bookfest: All's Well That Ends Well
    By Ryan O’Grady
    Last Edited on 10/2/2012
    What a book-tastic success! The Enoch Pratt Free Library tent at the Baltimore Book Festival this year was all about technology. We had eReaders on display for visitors to learn how to use, on Friday I ...more
  • Baltimore Book Festival: the Foodie Edition
    By Becky Hass
    Last Edited on 10/1/2012
    The first time I went to the Baltimore Book Festival I had a crab taco. It was love at first bite, and I’ve been back every year since. This year I’m looking forward to helping at the library’s tent, but ...more
  • Baltimore Book Festival: Find a good book, stump a librarian, and more!
    By Cindy Kleback
    Last Edited on 10/2/2012
    The Baltimore Book Festival kicks off on Friday, September 28, and for the first time, the Pratt Library will have a tent at the Festival. We’re looking forward to being a part of the festival and sharing ...more