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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Perusing Periodicals for Architectural Ideas
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 2/27/2014
    If you see Wendell Bradley in the Periodicals Department, most likely he is searching for colors and textures as well as information on new building materials and technologies in magazines dealing with ...more
  • Poetry & Conversation: Hailey Leithauser
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 10/24/2013
    "Re-voodoo do-over..." ...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
  • Behind the Scenes: The Pratt Library Bindery
    By B. Manning
    Last Edited on 9/10/2013
    Did you know that the Pratt Central Library has a Bindery unit which dates back to the 1930’s, and is still functioning today? In today’s disposable and digital-frenzied society, you may wonder what possible ...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
  • 9 True Tales of Adventure for Wrapping up Summer
    By Claire Wang
    Posted on 8/27/2013
    Although the summer is winding down, many people are squeezing in one more road trip or vacation, as evidenced by Pratt Library customers who continue to peruse the Central Library’s extensive collection ...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
  • 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
  • Behind the Scenes: the MILO Department
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 8/8/2013
    The Pratt Library has a vast and versatile collection of material, making it a veritable forest of information in which to conduct research. However, the collection is not infinite (like a Borgesian library), ...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
  • Stay Chill by Exploring Cool Books
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 7/31/2013
    What are some tricks you use for beating the Baltimore heat? If we were all Tibetan monks, we might engage in Tum-mo meditation in order to possibly find relief from extreme weather conditions. In a similar ...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
  • Pratt Profile: New York Writer Fred Glueckstein Loves Our Library
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 7/10/2013
    Recently I overheard a library patron tell a Periodicals Department staff member that he was visiting from New York and that he loved the Pratt Library, even more than the New York Public Library. ...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
  • Pratt Profile: Frank Bagrowski is In Touch with His “Inner Archivist”
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 6/27/2013
    Frank freely admits that he is obsessed... borderline OCD. When he sees an image that he likes, he has to have it. Other people might collect stamps or coins. Frank is a collector of images. ...more
  • From Mermaids to Medicine: Ten Reviews from Summer Reading Participants at the Central Library
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 8/5/2013
    From mermaids to dysfunctional families, from alternative medicine to The Simpsons, the participants in Groundbreaking Reads are reading their way through worlds of extraordinary variety! ...more
  • 20th Century Dinner Table Talk: The Big Three Newsweeklies
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 6/21/2013
    How do we decide what to talk about around the dinner table, when we are not discussing the details of our personal lives? Although the number of newspapers with original national and international news ...more
  • Pratt Profile: Sights & Sounds Regular Dan the Music Man
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 6/20/2013
    Dan is an articulate, classically trained musician who likes movies almost as much as classical music. Dan actually treats our "Staff Picks" as if they were Gospel: put it on display, and Dan will press ...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
  • 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
  • Pratt Profile: Local Film Legend George Figgs
    By Tom Warner
    Last Edited on 6/3/2013
    How many people can say they’ve picked out movies for Jesus Christ at their local library? Well, the folks in Pratt Central's Sights & Sounds Department (SAS) have had that honor—regularly, in fact! ...more
  • The Art of War: Sketching the Conflict between the States, 1861-1865
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 5/31/2013
    It’s difficult to think about Civil War imagery without referencing Matthew Brady, the oft-cited photographer who, with the help of numerous paid assistants and portable darkrooms, produced some of the ...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
  • A Good Short Story Is Not Hard to Find: One Librarian's Favorites
    By Shaileen B.
    Last Edited on 5/23/2013
    Don't call me Ishmael—not today. Today, in honor of National Short Story Month, I'm celebrating fictional works that don't resemble great white whales. Today I'm celebrating fiction that's leaner, more ...more
  • Pratt Profile: Sights & Sounds Regular Paula
    By Tom Warner
    Posted on 5/20/2013
    Paula lives around the corner from the Central Library and uses much of her free time since retiring from the Social Security Administration roaming our aisle for foreign films, topical documentaries, ...more
  • What My Grandmother Couldn't Tell Me: Missing Pieces of the Past
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 5/17/2013
    As a child, I spent many afternoons poring over my grandmother’s photos, the majority of which were stored in albums. However, the oldest images—black-and-white or sepia-toned pictures in various stages ...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
  • Pratt Profile: Sights & Sounds Regular Peter Geier
    By Tom Warner
    Posted on 5/10/2013
    Here at the Pratt Library, we interact with a lot of interesting—even (dare we say) "unusual"—people who frequent the library on a regular basis. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Sights & Sounds ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hobo Signs & Traveling the Meandering Path
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 3/11/2013
    I am not too sure of when I had my first taste of wanderlust, but I can recall reading Jack London and Jack Kerouac during my formative years, and feeling the itch for the open road. Either way, here I ...more
  • Creative Solutions: Superman's Reader's Advisory
    By Super Tom Warner
    Posted on 3/5/2013
    Skimming Larry Tye’s new biography Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero (Random House, 2012), I came across a quote that lauded the Pratt Library for its foresight in championing ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gathering the Sons, Daughters, and Enthusiasts of Erin
    Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 2/4/2013
    Recently, the New York Times released their 46 recommended travel destinations for 2013. At first glance, the featured activities on this list are as varied as the locations in question. Descriptions boast ...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
  • 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
  • Here We Come A-What-Ing? Unveiling Wassailing for the Holidays
    By: Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 12/21/2012
    Confession: When I first heard the traditional holiday song "Here We Come A-Wassailing," the first stanza sounded a lot to me like "here we come a-waffling among the leaves so green." In my defense, I ...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
  • 6 Library Books to Travel With
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 12/7/2012
    It’s the Holiday Season, and for many Marylanders it is a time filled with trips, treks, and layovers. And for many dealing with the rigors of yuletide traveling, the ideal companion is quiet, a source ...more
  • Music for Kids? Haacking the Record Collection
    By Tom Warner
    Posted on 12/6/2012
    I only recently discovered underground electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack, while browsing through Pratt’s Central’s "best-kept-secret" collection of phonograph records (those archaic round pieces of ...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
  • Seven Secrets about the Stacks: Could someone disappear down there?
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 11/30/2012
    If you’ve ever visited the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Library location, then you know how large of a building it is—filled with bound volumes of passed-down thoughts from bygone ages, as well as ...more
  • Fall Rocks: A playlist for the chilly season
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 11/23/2012
    It’s November, and the fall is finally in full regal: there are pumpkins on stoops, rich yellows and oranges, and an air of mischief in the cool night airs. This air of degeneration is captivating, to ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 32 Classic Films Available Free Online
    By Tom Warner
    Posted on 10/25/2012
    In the course of putting together a Pratt Library guide to the best web resources for watching full-length feature movies, I was surprised to find that so many great classic films by critically acclaimed ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 10 Library Services You Should Be Using
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 10/15/2012
    10. Self-CheckoutFor customers who prefer self-service, self-checkout is available at five branches: Reisterstown Road, Northwood, Roland Park, Orleans Street, Edmondson Avenue, and Southeast Anchor Library. ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Maryland Yearbooks are in Demand
    By Jeff Korman
    Last Edited on 9/25/2012
    Each month the managers of the subject departments at Pratt review the number of times the web the pages linked to their sites are viewed. In the Maryland Department popular pages include our guides on ...more
  • Living With Henry, And Waltzing With David: Mencken Day 2012
    By David Donovan and Ryan O'Grady
    Last Edited on 9/20/2012
    I was born in the northeast of the USA and so H. L. Mencken was somewhat of a mystery to me when I moved to Baltimore six years ago. Working at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, every day I have the privilege ...more

 

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