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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 through September 1.

How does it work?

Register for Summer Break Baltimore at any Pratt Library location or online. Pick up your scratch-off card to track your Summer Break Baltimore activities. In June, July and August, you are eligible to receive a Summer Break Baltimore kit including a free book, prize, and calendar of events, while supplies last. Monthly kit availability is restricted per month, for example you must sign up during the month of June to receive the June box.

When you register you will have the opportunity to tell us if you want your items mailed to you, but we encourage you to come to a library location to pick up your kit so we can meet you!

In addition to getting the free monthly box, participants are automatically eligible for monthly prize drawings. Each participant will receive a scratch-off card with suggested activities. Each completed scratch-off star will earn you one point, once the card is turned in. The more activities you do, the more chances you have to win a monthly prize drawing. Drawings will take place on Tuesday, July 5, Tuesday, August 2, and Friday, September 2. Winners will be notified by the library to coordinate prize pick-up. Participants can win up to two times.

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

You do not need to be a Baltimore City Resident to participate, however, we will only be mailing items to Baltimore City addresses. Customers are welcome to come to any library location to pick up a kit.

Where do I sign up?

Customers can sign up at any library site or online.

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?


Does a child have to be present with a parent for the parent/guardian to get kits for each of their children?

No, but the parent or guardian does have to fill out information for each child to get a kit.

Can I choose what to put in my kit each month?

Customers will have a chance to select their free book each month, but age-level giveaways can't be swapped.

What is a Summer Break Baltimore scratch-off card?

A Summer Break Baltimore scratch-off card tracks your Summer Break Baltimore activities. Scratch-off a star for each activity you complete, and turn it in at any time to any library site to be entered into monthly prize drawings. Scratch-off cards do not have to be full to be turned in.

What types of things count as an activity?

Read or listen to a book, visit the library, or attend a program.

How many activities do I have to do?

As many or as few as you like. Just scratch off one star each time you do something. One star equals one prize entry!

Can I track the number of books I read?

Feel free to track your books if you like, but it is not mandatory.

What happens when I turn in my scratch-off card?

When you register you are automatically eligible for monthly prize drawings and you will receive a scratch-off card with different suggested activities. Complete activities and turn in your card to earn one point for every scratch-off star on your card. The more activities you do, the more chances you have to win a weekly prize drawing. There is one drawing per age group at each branch for June, July, and August. Winners will be notified by the library and can choose how they would like to receive their prize. Participants can win one time during the program.

Can I get another scratch-off card?

Yes, if you are already registered you can ask a library staff person for another scratch-off card.

Is there a limit on the number of scratch-off cards I get?

There is no limit, but you can only get one at a time.

Can I track my own activities in Beanstack?

Yes, you can.

How do the prize drawings work?

There is one drawing per age group at each branch per month. Age groups are ages 0-5, 6-12, 13-17, and Adults. Winners will be notified by the library who will coordinate how they want to receive their prize. Customers can win one time.

When are the prize drawings?

Drawings will be monthly beginning at the end of June. Check our website for a schedule of prizes that will be available each month.

Can summer camps participate?

Yes, please contact Mobile Services by emailing

How do I select the book I want each month?

You will have a chance to review a Book Menu, which lists all titles available for your age group.

Will the Book Menu change from month to month?

The Book Menu will remain static throughout the summer. We have dozens of titles available for you to choose from!

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

Books are first-come, first-serve. 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 recommend selecting from the available stock at your home branch.

If I signed up for monthly kit mailing, when will I receive my kit?

Kits will be mailed monthly. The first mailed kit will arrive towards the end of June.

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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 September 4!

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