The Pratt Library continues to serve our community
As we wrap up National Library Week, we are celebrating in a very different way. In mid-March the Pratt Library closed its doors to protect the health and safety of our customers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that has not stopped staff from working tirelessly to serve Maryland.
Here are just a few things that are happening at the Pratt:
- Hundreds of staff are working from home to provide services
- A robust schedule of daily virtual programs has been developed including Writers CRIBS! and Virtual Storytime.
- Librarians have conducted more than 1200 live online chats to answer customer references questions.
- More than 3,000 new customers have signed up for digital eCards.
- Workforce librarians are providing one-on-one email consultation with those who need umemployment help (firstname.lastname@example.org) and small businesses (email@example.com)
- An educational webpage has been set up to help parents find resources for home schooling their students including live online tutors.
- Collections staff members are working with City Schools to launch new educational databases like Tumblebooks and Scholastic.
- Staff are using Teen Center sewing machines and 3D printers to make PPE for healthcare workers
- A web guide has been developed to provide accurate sources of information on COVID-19.
This is just a small sample of the ongoing work of the Pratt to serve Baltimore. The Pratt will always be here for our community.