Youth and Families

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Book Recommendations: Pride for All Ages
    By Stephanie Jarvais
    Last Edited on 7/16/2013
    Every year in the month of June, Pride Month is celebrated throughout the country. The way places and people celebrate varies, but many cities include a parade and a weekend dedicated to celebrating the ...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 2/15/2017
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 'Countdown to Kindergarten Day' at Port Discovery
    By Kinshasa Vargas-Pile, Children's Librarian, Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
    Posted on 5/6/2013
    This spring, the Enoch Pratt Free Library provided customers with free tickets to Port Discovery’s early literacy event Countdown to Kindergarten Day (CTK Day) on April 20. This event is hosted by Port ...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
  • [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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Whirlwind 'Spring Fling' at Roland Park Branch
    By Brian DeLuca
    Last Edited on 3/27/2013
    For two weeks this March, the students who frequent the Roland Park Branch got to experience several fun activities as part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s annual "Spring Fling." ...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
  • Read Down Fines: The Adventure Continues
    By Lamar Pinkett, Guest Blogger
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • From the Stacks: the Works of Andrew Zuckerman
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 3/7/2013
    One of the interesting facets of working in a library is the opportunity to discover fascinating books in the stacks. It can be any number of things about a book that initially attract attention, including ...more
  • Drumming with Doc Gibbs at Forest Park Branch
    By Melanie Townsend Diggs
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • 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
  • Plagued by Library Fines? Kids & Teens can Wipe the Slate Clean
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • 2013 Youth Media Awards Announced
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    The 2013 Youth Media Awards sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) were announced this morning in Seattle, Washington. These prestigious awards given to the best books for children and young ...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
  • 5 Simple Ways to Develop Your Child's Early Literacy Skills
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Posted on 12/27/2012
    The first five years of a child’s life are crucial to developing skills that will make sure he or she is primed and ready to learn when kindergarten begins. Early literacy skills are especially important, ...more
  • 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
  • The Patterson Park Wall of Art
    By Meredith Veatch
    Posted on 11/26/2012
    During the Fairy Tale Festival, we put up a castle wall above the computers at the Patterson Park Branch. It looked great. It transformed the whole space, and it created a lot of interest in the festival. ...more
  • Growing Imaginations and Sharing Stories: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the National Association of Black Storytellers
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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
  • Spooky Stories to Read at Home or Share around the Campfire
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Posted on 10/31/2012
    “And here are the dead man’s eyeballs!” announced the storyteller. Next to me, an equally spooked friend leaned over and offered me a box just big enough to fit my hand. Inside, I felt what I truly thought ...more
  • It's All About the People at the Govans Fall Celebration
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    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 2/15/2017
  • Baltimore Speaks Out! with Wide Angle Youth Media
    By Deborah Taylor, Young Adult Librarian
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Join the conversation: #PrattOutreach ...more
  • The Book Buggy: Better than the Ice Cream Truck!
    By Marilyn Hage, Mobile Services Children's Librarian
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Join the conversation: #PrattOutreach ...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
  • Baby Olympics 2012 in Highlandtown!
    By Cindy Kleback and Edwin Perez
    Last Edited on 8/15/2012
    On Your Mark... Get Set... Go!  ...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
  • Remembering: Favorite authors lost in the past year
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 7/30/2012
    It’s been a tough year for children’s literature. Every time I turn around it seems that another beloved author or illustrator of children’s books has died. It started last year when Diana Wynne Jones ...more
  • Dry Ice, Graduated Cylinders, Test Tubes, and Science in the Summer at Pratt
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 7/16/2012
    It’s no secret that we’ve got literacy covered at the Pratt. Books and media are kind of our thing. What might be a surprise to some is that we’re also doing science in the library! Hands-on, real life ...more
  • Summer Fun for Teens
    By Anjanette Wiggins
    Last Edited on 7/10/2012
    Every summer, teens at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch can expect two sure things: teen summer reading, and a variety of fun programs. These programs nurture teens’ interest in arts and crafts, community, ...more
  • Video: Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Treasure Hunt
    By Stefanie Thomas and Melissa Gnibus, Roland Park Branch
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    It is summer reading time at the Roland Park Branch, and this year, some very special friends got a chance to “Dream Big”! Many of our young readers dropped off their favorite stuffed animal friends on ...more
  • Why Try YA?
    By Liz Sundermann
    Last Edited on 6/27/2012
    Have you read The Hunger Games books or are you someone who wonders why your friends are scrambling to find a series written for teens? Teen fiction is the fastest growing segment in the publishing industry, ...more
  • Dream Big With Curious George
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 6/26/2012
    Meet Curious George, the unofficial mascot of the Patterson Park Branch. Visitors to the library can expect to see George somewhere near the entrance, greeting everyone who comes inside. George also likes ...more
  • Summer Reading Recommendations for All Ages: We've Got You Covered
    By Teresa Duggan
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Have you heard about Summer Reading at the Pratt Library but you're not sure what to read next? Well, you're in luck. Our librarians have compiled book recommendations for all ages, from babies and toddlers ...more
  • It's a Super Summer at the Library
    By Jessica Hoptay Brown
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    Any person under the age of 18 can tell you exactly how many school days, week days, total days, minutes, even seconds stand between them and their summer vacation. Even as adults we are always vaguely ...more
  • The People Whisperers
    By Marilyn Jones
    Last Edited on 6/11/2012
    Inspite of all of the high tech gadgets, gizmos and what-cha-ma-call-its around for our comfort and joy, the dog still remains man's best friend. Loyal to a fault, the dog has been known to save lives, ...more
  • The Power of Children's Books
    By Meredith Veatch
    Last Edited on 6/8/2012
    I read a lot. It’s not too surprising given my profession. Usually I’m reading two or three books at the same time. So it’s also not too surprising that I often forget almost everything about a book within ...more
  • Summer Reading is HOT at the Pratt Library
    By Cindy Kleback
    Last Edited on 2/15/2017
    The warm weather may have you thinking that summer is already here, but at the Pratt Library, summer starts tomorrow. Saturday, June 2 is the official kickoff of our Summer Reading Program, so if you’re ...more