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 Discovery with support from partners in the collaborative Countdown to Kindergarten organization: educational, cultural, and community groups who work in partnership to support the school readiness of Baltimore City children. Each year at CTK Day, these organizations provide attendees with resources and activities. This year, there were crafts, stickers, games, and information to support early literacy and school readiness.
To support Countdown to Kindergarten Day, other community organizations in addition to the Pratt Library also distribute free tickets to the event so that children have the opportunity to go to Port Discovery without the extra cost. Most of the exhibits at Port Discovery were open to this year's attendees. Ms. K from the Pennsylvania Avenue branch attended the event and saw many of her customers. Parents and children were grateful to have a free fun family event! One patron hugged Ms. K and said, "Thank you so much for the tickets. There is no way I could have afforded to take [the kids] on my own. They are having so much fun!"