A “Poe-etic” Birthday

January 19 is Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday

Courtesy: Digital Maryland


Did you know at Digital Maryland, you can explore the genius of poet and author Edgar Allan Poe, who called Baltimore home for many years, through the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s collection of letters and artifacts from his life. The most Poe-etic artifact in the collection dedicated to a man best known for the macabre? Perhaps this framed lock of hair from both Poe and his young wife, Virginia Clemm Poe.

Pratt Library Now Offers Free Online Courses

Looking for college-level professional development or personal enrichment courses?

The Pratt Library now offers hundreds of FREE online courses accessible anywhere, anytime, anyplace.

Gale Courses provides well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students.

Gale Courses gives you access to online learning courses that are:

  • Free for all Pratt Library card holders
  • Easy to use, just sign up using your library account
  • With six-week courses, you can join programs year-round

Gain valuable knowledge you can immediately apply to your life or on the job.

There’s definitely something for everyone:

  • Career & Professional Development: Many courses are tied to fast-growing occupations: Accounting, Resume Writing, Business and Management, Grant Writing and Nonprofit, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Sales and Marketing
  • Computers & Technology: Courses cover all skill levels from beginner to advanced, even focusing on specific software applications. Examples include: Introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and more.
  • Personal Enrichment: A wide array of courses offers the opportunity to transform lives, whether related to hobbies, education, or life resources. Examples include: Children, Parents, & Family, Digital Photography, Health &Wellness, and Test Prep

Check out our Gale Courses here and discover new ways to expand your horizons.

#TakeoverTuesday: Light Street Branch

It’s #TakeoverTuesday here at the Pratt.

All day we are highlighting our Light Street Branch, located at 1251 Light Street. In the heart of Federal Hill just blocks from the Cross Street Market, the Light Street Branch serves South Baltimore communities including Federal Hill, Locust Point, Otterbein, and Sharp-Leadenhall.

Light Street is open until 5:30pm tonight.  Come say hi!

Learn More about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Courtesy: Library of Congress

Historical videos of Dr. King’s most memorable moments

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Pratt Library can help you learn more about the civil rights leader.  Our Access Video service allows you to view historical videos of Dr. King. From commentary, to news conferences, speeches, biographies and interviews, the Access Video collection lets you to relive some of the Dr. King’s most notable moments.

Martin’s Big Words uses quotes from some of Dr. King’s most memorable speeches and vibrant watercolor paintings to bring Dr. King’s words to life.

All of that and more now available at Access Video On Demand.


Are you into E-Books yet?

You can access thousands of the hottest titles from the Pratt Library without leaving your house.

The popularity for Pratt E-Books is on the rise, with a more than 16% jump in just the past six months.  From the latest hot title, to the classics, and everything in between, you can find it all FOR FREE.

Check out our selection here and stop spending big bucks to download books.

Having trouble downloading?  This video gives you step-by-step instructions for getting the latest E-Books and Audiobooks on your device.  Happy Reading!