Heidi’s Summer Reading List


You heard her on Midday with Tom Hall on WYPR Thursday.  Now here is how to get your hands on Pratt President & CEO Heidi Daniel’s Summer Reading selections. Click the covers to reserve your copy at the Pratt today.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Oprah’s 2018 Book Club pick, is the story of a couple who are torn apart when the husband is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century

John Woman by Walter Mosley

Due out in September, John Woman is a novel of ideas about the sexual and intellectual coming-of-age of an unusual man who goes by the name Woman.

Check out Walter Mosley’s Pratt Writers LIVE event on October 4

Under Fire by April Ryan

Coming out this September, April Ryan’s new memoir delves into her work as a White House correspondent reporting on the Trump Presidency.

Come see April Ryan at Pratt Writer’s LIVE on September 11. 

Educated by Tara Westover

Memoir of a young girl who was kept out of school by her survivalist family, and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The Daily Show host’s memoir details his upbringing in South Africa.


Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Picture book about a little boy who loves mermaids and wants to be one. His abuela takes him on a magical adventure to show him anyone can be a mermaid

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

When middle schooler Amina’s mosque is vandalized, she uses her singing voice to bring her diverse community together.

Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

Illustrated by Emily Hughes, Charlie & Mouse is an easy reader book about two imaginative brothers.

What’s New: Fresh titles to dive into this summer

Want to get away? Travel far and wide with these new and forthcoming titles. Click on the book cover to reserve your copy today.

Don’t forget—it’s not too late to sign up for our Summer Challenge! It is FREE to sign up, is open to all ages and reading levels (including adults), and both kids and adults can earn awesome prizes. The challenge continues through August 15. Sign up now here.

New and Forthcoming Fiction Titles

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction Titles

New Young Adult Titles

New Overdrive Titles
(Many titles available in e-book & e-audio formats)

Click through these link to see complete lists of new and forthcoming Fiction, Nonfiction, Mystery, and Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Rockin’ Reads, Part 4: More Reviews from Adult Summer Challenge Participants

These reviews from Adult Summer Challenge participants caught our attention:

Meaghan M. on Vox by Christina Dalcher: I had a hard time putting down this book about a future where the U.S. government is run by radical religious conservatives and women are limited to 100 words a day. It’s very Handmaid’s Tale-esque (Margaret Atwood does it better, but Ms. Dalcher certainly has promise!).

Ashley C. on How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson: Almost as hilarious as I Don’t Know How She Does It and equally heartfelt. I wish it didn’t stray quite so much into mid-life crisis cliché, but certainly a funny and poignant read.

Monty P. on The Space Barons by Christian Davenport: NASA was very good at doing their thing…many years ago. Now the field has changed. It is private enterprise, not government agencies, that is driving innovation and exploration of outer space. What do Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the other billionaire entrepreneurs who are building spaceships have in common? They devoured science-fiction novels as young people and dreamed of working and living in space. Now they have the money to make that happen. Science fiction fuels the dreams, and engineering makes it happen. These guys are scientists and inventors as well as businessmen. Their business smarts are great, and they are VERY successful…but the money is there to fuel their dreams. And now their dreams are coming true. To learn about the present and future of mankind’s adventure in space, you must read this book.

Nancy P. on The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett: Based on a true story, this is an amazing look at the rare-book world, high finance, and obsession with books by people who cannot help themselves. It is laughable and perverse at the same time.

Lanedda S. on The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni: Every person in a leadership position should read this book. Most people play the blame game instead of seeking the root of the problem and solving it. The main character, Kathryn Peterson, teaches you how to find the root of the problem and fix it in an organized manner. Excellent book!

Rachel R. on Sourdough by Robin Sloan: Surprisingly cute! Not my usual genre but a fun, quick read. Loved that the bread literally sang.

Allie P. on Educated by Tara Westover: A thought-provoking memoir about the power of education but also how family and where we come from shapes who we are.

Stefanie M. on The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy: A twisty plot that keeps pages turning. An easy read and a bit stereotypical in its building of characters. Without giving too much away, the diary entries were a genius tool to string the ending throughout the story although the ending itself came crashing down a bit too quickly. But I mean any book slated to become a movie starring Kerry Washington can’t be too bad, eh?!

Join the fun! For a chance to win fabulous prizes in the Adult Summer Challenge, create a free Beanstack account and log each book you finish between June 13 and August 15.

Social Worker in the Library Success

More than 600 Library customers helped by new program

The Social Worker in the Library Program has finished year one at the Pratt Library.  This is a partnership with the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Graduate student social work interns did field hours at four library branches.  The program was so successful, next year it will expand to seven locations.

Some of the highlights:

  • More than 600 Library customers utilized services
  • Direct referrals were offered and support groups formed
  • Coordinated community events brought service providers to the library

At the Brooklyn Branch, interns created “Pop in at the Pratt” to help cultivate community relationships.

The Pennsylvania Avenue branch interns helped connect more than 300 customers with service providers.  They also started a support group called “Community Chat.”

At the Southeast Anchor Library, 40% of the customers seeking help spoke only Spanish.  A bilingual intern was able to help them.  The interns also dispensed care packets to homeless customers during a support group meeting.

Interns at the Hamilton branch helped create a Homework Club for children and helped library staff set up an after-school club.

Social Worker in the Library will start up again this fall. Click here for more information. 

Support for Social Worker in the Library is provided: