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Location Closure The Central Library will be closing Saturday, March 2 @ 2 PM due to an event.

What is Summer Break Baltimore?

Summer Break Baltimore is a fun, free program for all ages that encourages literacy and learning in our community.

When does it begin and end?

Summer Break Baltimore takes place June 1, 2023 through August 31, 2023 with a fun kickoff event at every branch from June 20 through June 24.

How does it work?

Stop by your nearest Pratt Library location to register for Summer Break Baltimore. Receive a Summer Break Baltimore t-shirt when you register, while supplies and sizes last. You can also register online, just remember to stop by a Pratt Library branch to collect your t-shirt and book(s).

Visit the library every month in June, July, and August to pick up your free book. Books must be collected within their respective months (June book in June; July book in July; August book in August).

Read books and attend library programs to be entered into monthly prize drawings for gift cards, tickets to local experiences, prize packs, and more. Stop by your nearest Pratt Library location to redeem your raffle tickets each time you read a book or attend a program. You must be registered for Summer Break Baltimore to win a prize.

1 book read = 1 entry into the monthly prize drawings

1 program attended = 1 entry into the monthly prize drawings

Do I need to be a Baltimore City resident to participate?

You do not need to be a Baltimore City resident to participate. Customers are welcome to come to any Pratt location to pick up their books.

Where do I sign up?

Customers can sign up at any Library location. You can also register online, just remember to stop by a Pratt Library branch to collect your t-shirt and book(s).

Do I need to have a library card?

No, but it's a great opportunity to sign up for one!

If I have outstanding library fees can I still participate?

Yes!

Does a child have to be present with a parent for the parent/guardian to pick up their incentives?

No, but the parent or guardian does have to provide information to register each child for the program.

Can I choose what book I get each month?

Yes! You will have a chance to select your free book each month.

Do I still need to have a scratch-off card to enter into raffles?

No, we are no longer accepting or distributing scratch-off cards. Instead, head into your local library to report your activities and enter into the monthly raffles.

What types of things count as an activity?

Read or listen to a book, or attend a program.

How many activities do I have to do?

As many or as few as you like. Just attend a program and/or visit your local branch and tell a staff member how many books you read. You will receive a raffle ticket for each activity you completed. Place your tickets in the running for whichever prizes you like—the more activities you complete, the more entries you get!

Can I track my own activities in Beanstack?

This summer, we are not tracking activities on Beanstack and there will be no online prize drawings. We encourage you to visit your local library to track your activities and enter into the prize drawings.

How do prize drawings work?

Read books and attend library programs to be entered into monthly prize drawings for gift cards, tickets to local experiences, prize packs, and more. Stop by your nearest Pratt Library location to redeem your raffle tickets each time you read a book or attend a program.

There will be no online prize drawings, and customers must come into the library to claim and enter their physical tickets into the drawings.

1 book read = 1 entry into the monthly prize drawings

1 program attended = 1 entry into the monthly prize drawings

There are four prize drawings at each branch per month. The prizes we offer are based on our four age groups (0-5, 6-12, 13-17, and 18+), but customers are not limited to prizes intended for their age group (e.g. if you are a 16 year old, but want to enter into a 0-5 year old prize raffle for your cousin, you can do that!).

You must be registered for Summer Break Baltimore to win a prize.

When are the prize drawings?

Drawings will take place at the branches monthly on Saturday, July 1, Tuesday, August 1, and Friday, September 1.

What books are you offering this summer?

This summer, we are not offering book menus, but we are still offering a great selection of titles for each age group. Head in to your local branch to see what’s available. Specific titles are not guaranteed and are first come, first served.

How do I select the book I want each month?

Visit your local branch and choose from the titles available. Ask your librarian for help if you can’t choose!

What happens if my branch runs out of a specific book title I want?

Books are first come, first served. If we are out of a specific title there is a chance you may be able to find the book at another branch location, but we cannot guarantee availability for any one title.

Can groups participate?

Groups of 19 participants or less can register at their closest Pratt Library location. Groups of 20 participants or more must register by contacting the Mobile Services team at mobileservices@prattlibrary.org. To help Library staff prepare t-shirt and book incentives (while supplies and sizes last), it is suggested that groups contact their local branch or Mobile Services at least two weeks in advance of the date on which they want to visit the library to pick up their incentives.

Summer Break Baltimore
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Summer Break Baltimore logo - sun rays, sunglasses, waves, and flying books

Summer Break Baltimore


Get free books for your home library, join us for fun events, and enter into a weekly prize drawing with Summer Break Baltimore, June 1 through August 31!

Locations
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Locations


Visit a Pratt Library location in person to browse the collection, use a public computer, and more.