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Kids and Teens Services

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For Kids

The Enoch Pratt Free Library offers a variety of programs, services, and resources for children from the day they are born through 5th grade.

Events and Activities

Weekly storytimes:

Branches hold special celebrations of fairy tales every April and children's books every November. Storytellers, magicians, and the Aquarium on Wheels are favorite programs during the summer months. Our annual Summer Reading Program offers incentives for reading for kids of all ages.

Go to our events page for more information about what is happening today at your library.

Library Cards

  • All kids are eligible to get a library card with their parent's consent.
  • Kids age 6 and under are eligible for a First Card. The First Card is special because only children's materials can be checked out and there are no late fees.
  • Baltimore City educators and registered home school parents are eligible for Teacher Cards.

More information about library cards


All Pratt libraries have age appropriate children's collections, including

  • board books
  • picture books
  • beginning reader books
  • chapter books
  • fiction and nonfiction titles
  • audio books

Librarians are always happy to recommend a book or help kids use our databases.

go to Kids Buzz

Kidz Buzz Website

The library kids website provides a safe, fun, and interactive online place for children ages 6-12. Children can watch videos, submit questions, play games, get homework help, write and share book reviews, manage their library cards, and much more.

Check it out!

For Teens

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The Enoch Pratt Free Library offers a wide variety of entertainment and educational based programs for teens. Whether you're trying to learn how to write poetry, master the most effective self-defense techniques, create a resume, or just want to verse your friends at Mario Kart, the library may have the perfect program for you.

Events and Activities

Go to Pratt's Calendar and set the "Age" to "Teens" to find out what's happening in your neighborhood this month.

Library Cards

Teens 13 and up are responsible for signing up for their own library cards.

Learn how to sign up!


All Pratt locations have a dedicated teen collection including: popular teen fiction, classic novels and books often found on school reading lists, popular teen series, Japanese and Western-style graphic novels, research and homework-help aids, databases and other online tools designed to help teens with research, nonfiction covering all subjects written for a teen audience, self-help books, popular magazines, audio books. In addition, the Central Library has a retrospective teen collection and wealth of fiction and nonfiction books about the African American teen experience. Remember, if you don't see exactly what you want, ask a librarian or go to the Pratt catalog to have your selection sent to the branch most convenient for you!

Pratt Library Teen Site

go to  the Teen Site

The Teen Site is a great spot for teens to learn about our Community Youth Corps program, get Homework Help, find reading lists generated just for teens, learn about Health & Wellness issues, find your favorite author's blog, and more!

The Teen Site also has information for educators and parents about teen educational programs, class visits to the library, and workshops we can provide.

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