Celebrating Pratt's Legacy, Staff and Retirees Share Years of Service and Wisdom

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By Darcell Little, Manager of Documents Unit/State Publication Depository and Distribution Program

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example." -Benjamin Disralei

The Library began with Enoch Pratt’s endowment gift of $1,058,333 in 1882, and it continues today as a place that is rich in knowledge. It maintains a strong willingness to provide free access to all, and has a dedicated staff and volunteers who have devoted many years of service. 

On September 27, 2012, the Staff Association (the Library’s social committee)--in cooperation with the Human Resources Department and the Administration--was given the opportunity to say “Thank You!" to staff and retirees for years of service and wisdom. It was also an opportunity to discuss the accomplishments and new developments at both the Central Library/State Library Resource Center and the Neighborhood Branches.

Victoria Bringman, Bernadine Long, and Kenneth Scott at the Pratt Library retirees lunch

Over fifty former employees attended the luncheon and were warmly greeted by their former colleagues and friends. The day began with a presentation by Wesley Wilson, the Chief of the State Library Resource Center, on new developments at the Central Library, such as The Pratt Café and Laptop Lounges, Public Programs such as "The Civil War in Your Attic," and the Pratt Contemporaries.

Eunice Anderson, Assistant Chief of Neighborhood Services, gave a similar presentation for the neighborhood branches, highlighting the opening of the Southeast Anchor Library, building enhancements and technology upgrades in several branches, and major public service anniversaries (from 100-125 years) at the Canton, Forest Park, and Patterson Park Branches.

Librarians Ny’ilah Covington and Anjanette Wiggins concluded the presentation portion of the day with a discussion of several new technologies, such as the Nook, Sony E-reader, and the Apple iPad.

Librarian Ny'ilah Covington demonstrates a library Nook eReader

This enjoyable day ended after a delectable lunch and social hour with the former and current employees, volunteers, and administration. The retirees were most gracious and appreciative recipients on a day which celebrated their contributions to this historic institution.

Thanks again, Pratt retirees!

Evelyn "Cookie" Wallace, and Hope Maddox, smiling at the lunch honoring Pratt staff and retirees

David Grandison, James Spence, and Jeff Thomas in the hall at the lunch honoring Pratt staff and retirees

Thank you, Pratt staff and retirees! Naomi Ginsburg, Earleen Henderson, and Linda Lapides outside the Wheeler Auditorium

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