New Books for Adults this Fall

From the latest thriller by the author of Big Little Lies to a pep talk from the creator of Hamilton, the Pratt has all the reads you need the fall.

New Fiction Titles

For a complete list of new FICTION titles, click here

For a complete list of new MYSTERY titles, click here

For a complete list of new SCIFI & FANTASY titles, click here

New Nonfiction Titles

For a complete list of new NONFICTION titles, click here

New eBook Titles

Studio 54 Inspiration at the Pratt

by Eben Dennis, Fine Arts and Music Librarian

If you haven’t heard, the upcoming annual gala hosted by the Pratt Contemporaries, The Black & White Party, will have a Studio 54 theme. It is time to get ready. The way I see it you can be (a) prepared, (b) really prepared, or (c) completely immersed. Just being prepared is fine of course. You can even use our resources without leaving your home. The books Inside Studio 54 by Mark Fleischman and I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones are both available on ebook. You can even stream the movie 54 from the 90s starring Salma Hayek and Ryan Phillipe through our Hoopla app. Using these titles as a source of inspiration, you can put the finishing touches on your groovy John Travolta, Cher, or Grace Jones inspired costumes. This is a good start.

But if you really want to be prepared you need to have the anecdotes and stories to go with the costume. You will be walking the walk so why not have the talk too? This means you need to come down to the Fine Arts Department (or call us and have us send books to your local branch) and start your research. Turn the Beat Around: the Secret History of Disco by Peter ShapiroHot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols; and Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 by Tim Lawrence are all recommended reads. If you have some musical ability and want to get in the mood you can even borrow some sheet music: The Disco Era: Piano, Vocal, Guitar.

For the truly dedicated, The Andy Warhol Diaries–by the Studio 54 regular himself–is required reading. Due to regular harassment from the IRS, Warhol kept track of his daily life and spending habits by dictating his previous day’s encounters and observations by phone to his longtime friend Pat Hackett. From 1976 until five days before his death in February 1987, Hackett dutifully typed Warhol’s private thoughts and impressions (aka juicy gossip) right alongside what he paid for cab fare. Posthumously published with an introduction and light annotations in 1989, the Diaries are a nearly decade long who’s who of New York culture and celebrity life.

From the decadent to the depraved (or the other way around) Warhol spent time with everyone from future president Donald Trump (another Studio 54 regular) to Lou Reed. With Studio 54 serving as the prominent backdrop, political figures such as Ronald Reagan, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and even the Shah of Iran mingled with pop stars like Madonna, Prince, and Mick Jagger. Baltimore connections include John Waters and Divine make cameos as well as the notorious document thief Barry Landau–who would be apprehended at the Maryland Historical Society here in Baltimore nearly three decades later.

This book is not to be consumed in one sitting. My reading instructions: (1) place this on a coffee table (or waiting area), (2) rely heavily on the index, and (3)consume in 15 minute portions. You won’t be disappointed and you will have way more insight into the Studio 54 era of New York than you will ever need.

Or you can just be a contrarian and read This Ain’t No Disco: the Story of CBGB by Roman Kozak- either way works.

Learn more about the Pratt Contemporaries. The 10th Anniversary Black & White Party will be held on January 19, 2019 at the Assembly Room. Find more information about the event here. On January 3rd, all active Pratt Contemporaries members will receive a members-only link to purchase up to 2 tickets per member. Those member tickets will be available at a discounted price of $100 each. Finally, on January 4th, a limited amount of tickets will go on sale to the general public for $150 each. Last year public tickets sold out in minutes!

Honor Native American Heritage Month at the Library

November is National Native American Heritage Month

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

On November 5, the Roland Park branch will host Women on the Go: A Celebration of Intrepid Women at 6:30pm. Featuring Sacagawea, enjoy a slide-illustrated talk about women travelers, explorers and pioneers, past and contemporary, from around the world.

On November 8, the Waverly Branch will host Maryland Cooking: Historic Cookbooks of the Old Line State at 6pm. Learn about the influence of multiple cultures on Maryland cuisine, including Native American influence and recipes with corn and pokeweed.

On November 15, the Forest Park branch will host a Family Storytime called Indigenous Voices at 5pm. Enjoy a special Native American storytime with stories and songs from different tribal traditions in North America.

On December 1, the Herring Run branch will host a Genealogy Circle Meeting. Learn how to find out more about your heritage.

Check back later this month for more library resources, recommended reading, and a look inside Native American materials in Special Collections.

Maryland STEM Festival at the Pratt

After the ghosts and goblins disappear… it’s time to dive into some Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Last year, Amazon donated STEM tools to both our Patterson Park and Forest Park branches. These students got a first chance to check out the fun.

Now, students across the Pratt system take part in fun programming as part of the Maryland STEM Festival (Oct 26-Nov 11)

Here’s just a taste of a few programs happening at the Pratt:

 

STEM Festival: Engineering Challenge

Pennsylvania Ave Branch

Thursday, November 1, 3:30pm

 

Chemistry is Out of this World

Roland Park Branch

Saturday, November 3, 2pm

 

Build It: Cardboard Edition

Hamilton Branch

Monday, November 5, 3:30pm

 

STEM Cadets

Orleans St. Branch

Monday, November 5, 4pm

 

Amazon STEM Series: 3Doodler Crafts

Patterson Park Branch

Wednesday, November 7, 3pm

 

Slime Time

Washington Village Branch

Thursday, November 8, 3:30pm

 

Check out lots more STEM programming all over the Pratt branches at Maryland STEM Festival. 

 

Teen Titles, Bedtime Stories, & Graphic Novels

The new Kwame Alexander book is just one of the latest titles to hit the shelves for teens and children. Check them out (literally.)

New Children’s Titles

For a complete list of new CHILDREN’S titles, click here

New Young Adult Titles

For a complete list of new YA/TEEN titles, click here

New Graphic Novel Titles