TONIGHT: Black Girls Rock

Join the Pratt for an unforgettable night with Beverly Bond, creator of Black Girls Rock.

She will talk with R&B star Brave Williams about her new book, Black Girls Rock! Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth, which pairs inspirational essays and affirmations with photographs.

WHAT: Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock

WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum


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In the book, Maxine Waters shares the personal fulfillment of service. Moguls Cathy Hughes, Suzanne Shank, and Serena Williams recount stories of steadfastness, determination, diligence, dedication, and the will to win. Erykah Badu, Toshi Reagon, Mickalane Thomas, Solange Knowles-Ferguson, and Rihanna offer insights on creativity and how they use it to stay in tune with their magic.  Pioneering writers Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Joan Morgan speak on modern-day black feminist thought. Lupita Nyong’o, Susan Taylor, and Bethann Hardison affirm the true essence of holistic beauty. Iyanla Vanzant reinforces Black Girl Magic in her powerful pledge. Through these and dozens of other unforgettable testimonies, Black Girls Rock! Is an ode to black girl ambition, self-love, empowerment, and healing.

Beverly Bond is a women’s empowerment leader, entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist, celebrity DJ, cultural curator and social innovator. In 2006, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and created the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to celebrate the excellence and accomplishments of black women across sectors. Bond’s work as a businesswoman and community leader has earned her awards such as Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list of most influential Blacks in America, two Gracie Awards, and three NAACP Image Awards.

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This program is in partnership with Mahogany Books and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

#TakeoverTuesday: Pennsylvania Avenue Branch

It’s #TakeoverTuesday.  Today we’re going inside the Pennsylvania Avenue branch.

The Pennsylvania Avenue Branch is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue in West Baltimore. The branch opened its doors in 1953, when it was known as Branch 17.  It replaced the original Easterwood Park location that operated from 1914 to 1953.  The branch was remodeled in 1983 and housed the system’s first computer center.  In that first year, more than 500 adults completed computer education courses.

Today, as visitors approach the outside the branch they are greeted by Penny, a mural of a girl reading.

Just recently, Pennsylvania Avenue was designated the anchor library of West Baltimore, with expanded hours to serve the community. 

Pennsylvania Avenue is one of four Pratt locations that offer Social Worker in the Library.   Social Work graduate students from the University of Maryland School of Social Work offer customers help in areas like SNAP benefits, shelter, addiction, immigration, learning differences, health concerns and safety.

The Pratt and Maryland Legal Aid also offer Lawyer in the Library.  The program has helped thousands of people resolve legal issues, such as expungements, child custody, bankruptcy, wills and more.

This spring, the branch is also offering Yoga for Everyone  and Zumba classes, computer courses in the lab, story times for childrenpainting and pastry, and so much more.

So pop on over to Pennsylvania Avenue and check out all we have to offer.


Virtual Reference Library from the Comfort of Home

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is available to all Pratt cardholders.

Your Pratt Library card can connect you to a host of reference materials, and you don’t even have to leave your own couch!

Say, you’re looking to start your own business.  Check out the resources you can find:


Just click on the cover to access your copy with your Library Card now.