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  • 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
  • School Is Wrapping Up? Time to Access Maryland AskUsNow!
    By Paul Chasen, Statewide Coordinator, Maryland AskUsNow!
    Posted on 4/16/2015
    Maryland AskUsNow!,, is the free, statewide library chat information service done in cooperation with 43 Maryland libraries and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all Maryland ...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
  • 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
  • New Service at Central Library and Hamilton Branch: Pay Library Bills with Credit Cards
    By Rachel Scheuerman
    Last Edited on 3/6/2014
    We know that you don’t always carry cash with you when you come to the library. Or, maybe you do, but would rather pay your library bills with your credit card. Instead of waiting in line, you can now ...more
  • Teen Advisory Club Comes to Reisterstown Road
    By Lamar Pinkett, Reisterstown Road Branch
    Last Edited on 10/1/2013
    The teen population is fired up and ready to get busy at the Reisterstown Road Branch with new and innovative ideas to serve teens and the community. After considering many ideas from teen patrons and ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Late Night Rescue
    By Sarah Kuperman, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 8/26/2013
    When you have a student in your family you learn to dread finals week. ...more
  • Adult Summer Reading Through the Years
    By Melanie Jacobs, Light Street Branch
    Last Edited on 7/31/2013
    As everyone knows, all great ideas come from Ohio and one's mother. In 2005, my mother (a retired public librarian) asked me why my library system didn't offer a Summer Reading Program for adults. It ...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
  • One Librarian Breaking Ground in New Genres
    By Morgan Stanton, Southeast Anchor Library
    Last Edited on 6/18/2013
    2013’s Summer Reading for adults program is only a couple of weeks old but has been going on strong at the Southeast Anchor Library. If there’s one thing I like about working here it’s that I get to meet ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • [Guest Post] Enoch Pratt Free Library , an Anchor for Baltimore
    By Kitty Mervine
    Last Edited on 4/12/2013
    Reposted with permission from Yankee Skeptic. ...more
  • Commemorating History by Creating Butterflies
    By Stephanie Jarvais
    Last Edited on 6/19/2013
    I recently spent ages planning a children's program entitled "Let’s Make Butterflies," and I was very excited to share it with my regular kids. You can imagine my disappointment when I got a Jury Duty ...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
  • 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
  • Creative Solutions: Check Out a Circulating Laptop at the Central Library
    By Sarah Kuperman, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 2/22/2013
    My job in Collection Managment is a "behind the scenes" assignment. My usual work involves websites and spreadsheets. A bright spot in my work week is the time I spend working at the Information Desk in ...more
  • The 'Academy Awards' of Children's Literature
    By Ruth Anne Champion, Children's Materials Coordinator, Collection Management Department
    Last Edited on 1/24/2013
    What’s that book with the shiny medal on the cover? ...more
  • 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
  • How does the Library Get its Books?
    By Lynn Stonesifer, Collection Management Department
    Posted on 1/7/2013
    "I thought book publishers just gave you their books!" ...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
  • [New] Pratt eLibrary: Get more for free
    By Sarah Kuperman, Collections Management Department
    Posted on 12/4/2012
    A customer with a question about reading eBooks on her iPhone recently phoned the Library for help. The conversation resulted in a helpful one-on-one session in the Central Library’s Wi-Fi coffee shop. ...more
  • The Poet: Tim Ward and the Power of Words
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 11/19/2012
    I rarely forget how powerful words can be, but if I ever did, I'd remember as soon as I ran into Tim Ward. Tim, a seemingly sturdy man with a big, deep voice, has made it to almost every one of the Pratt’s ...more
  • 12 Graphic Novels that Define the Genre
    By Marc Sober, Humanities Department
    Last Edited on 11/19/2012
    What are graphic novels? We know them when we see them—they have text and pictures together. Isn’t that the same as comic books? Essentially, they are two kinds of works using the same methods, just as ...more
  • Unwanted Man? Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher
    By Shaileen B
    Last Edited on 11/7/2012
    We don't want to hitch our dreams to the wrong man. That's why, for months now, America has been abuzz about a major decision. When one of us is summoned to embody an ancient vision for all of us, feelings ...more
  • Book Review: America the Philosophical
    By Joe Arcieri, Humanities Department
    Posted on 11/7/2012
    I have read articles by Carlin Romano, professor of philosophy at Ursinus College, on various web sites and found them informative. When I learned that his new book, America the Philosophical (2012), touted ...more
  • Vote FOR Question E. E for Enoch Pratt
    By Carla D. Hayden
    Last Edited on 11/5/2012
    On this election eve, we should all be excited to exercise our freedom and be part of this democracy. As Americans, it is our responsibility to engage and participate in this process that helps shape the ...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
  • 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
  • Celebrating Pratt's Legacy, Staff and Retirees Share Years of Service and Wisdom
    By Darcell Little, Manager of Documents Unit/State Publication Depository and Distribution Program
    Last Edited on 10/10/2012
    "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example." -Benjamin Disralei ...more