What’s Hitting the Shelves for Kids this May

We’re excited about new books joining the Children’s collection at the Pratt. Make sure you and the family stop by your nearby branch to check them out!

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America On The Moon
By Suzanne Slade

Award-winning author Suzanne Slade and debut artist Veronica Miller Jamison tell the story of a NASA “computer” Katherine Johnson—made famous by the film Hidden Figures.

Check it out here.

Caterpillar Summer
By Gillian McDunn

This beautifully written, emotional debut tells the story of a girl, her special needs brother, and the summer they will never forget.

Read it here.

The Strangers
By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Readers, don’t miss out on this thrilling adventure filled with mysteries and plot twists aplenty in this absorbing series about family and friendships. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember!

Check it out here.

Also new this month:

The Little Guys
By Vera Brosgol

Check it out.
Don’t Let Them Disappear
By Chelsea Clinton

Check it out.
By Richard Jackson

Check it out.

May the Fourth be with You!

Star Wars fans, our day is almost here! If you are looking for ways to celebrate May 4th, you won’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away. Just stop by one of our nearby branches for a Star Wars-themed event or activity.

The Edmonson Avenue Branch has a fun day planned with a scavenger hunt, DIY activities, and more scheduled throughout the day. The Patterson Park Branch is screening the latest Star Wars Movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, at 1pm. Don’t forget to bring snacks and your light saber! Also, the Washington Village Branch is joining in on the fun; stop by to participate in spaced-themed crafts starting at 3:30pm.

If you‘re not caught up on the franchise, there’s no need to worry. Here’s a list of some of the Star Wars books and movies available at Enoch Pratt Free Library. Check them out!


Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Check out the DVD
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Check out the DVD
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Complete Season 1
Check it out here


Lando: Star Wars
By Charles Soule
Read here
Ahsoka: Star Wars
By E.K Johnson

Read here
Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
By James Luceno
Read here

For Young Readers:

The Empire Strikes Back Read Along Storybook
Read here
Return of the Jedi Read Along Storybook
Read here

Fine & Poe Team Up! A Star Wars Read Along (Level 1)
Read here

Big changes coming to our Hampden Branch!

We’re excited to announce that the Pratt’s Hampden Branch is getting a makeover. Starting May 18, the Hampden Branch will be closed for major renovations. The 119-year old library is getting a modern day update that will also keep the historic charm of the building that we all love.

Those in the neighborhood can look forward to the addition of a meeting room in the basement. The new room will double the floor space of the branch! We’ll also be updating the restroom facilities. Notably, the Pratt will make the branch more accessible to those with disabilities by adding a ramp to the entrance of the branch. With all of these changes, we are expecting the project to take 2 years to complete.

New Ramps
New Meeting Room

Not to worry, you still will be able to access the library’s services. The Pratt Library will be partnering with the Hampden Family Center to provide:

• Weekly storytimes for children
• A book collection and pick-up location for holds
• Computer training & assistance
• Library programming

Find out more about the Hampden Family Center here.

Don’t forget, that you can always access the Pratt’s digital resources including Overdrive,Hoopla, and RBdigital whenever you want. Ebooks, Audiobooks, Music, Movies, Magazines, and more are just a click away.