The Top 5 Pratt Videos You Should Be Watching

by Vianey Becerra

Baltimore, we miss you. While we have all been practicing social distancing guidelines, the Pratt staff has continued creating educational and entertaining videos just for you. In addition to our daily schedule of virtual programs, we’ve rounded up a list of the Pratt’s Top 5 Videos that you can find on our Facebook page. 

So if you’re looking for DIY tutorials, activities to do with your children or by yourself while you stay at home, take a look at these videos and make sure to follow us on Facebook @theprattlibrary.

#1 Video: Baltimore We Are Here For You

This National Library Week, know that the Pratt Library is Always Here for You.

This National Library Week– know that the Pratt Library is Always Here for you.During the COVID-19 pandemic the Pratt has:- Hundreds of staff working from home- Live virtual programs including Storytime and Writers LIVE!- Live chat with a librarian- Digital resources like eBooks, streaming movies & TV shows- New learning tools for students- Staff using library sewing machines & 3D printers to make PPE for healthcare workers- One-on-one consultations for small business and the unemployedAnd so much more. We'll never stop finding ways to serve our community.

Posted by Enoch Pratt Free Library on Monday, April 20, 2020

Our doors might still be closed, but our resources have never stopped. Our e-Library has a collection of eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, movies, and more. With 8 locations available for Sidewalk Service, you can check out and pick up books and other materials contact-free simply by making an appointment. Don’t feel comfortable stepping out of the house just yet? You can also have books mailed to you using our Books by Mail service. If you’re looking to access the internet, we also offer free drive-in WIFI at 8 Pratt branch locations.

#2: Hula Storytime with Miss Ryan and Kane

Hula Storytime with Miss Ryan & Kane

Join Miss Ryan and her brother Kane for a special Hula Storytime, celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted by Enoch Pratt Free Library on Monday, May 25, 2020

Even though we celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, you can still hear Miss Ryan and Kane play the ukulele, learn how to say words in Hawaiian, and read along with them to “Up in the Hawaiian Sky,” by Lavonne Leong.

#3 Virtual Genealogy Circle: Family Myth Busting

Virtual Genealogy Circle Meeting: Family Myth Busting

Julianne Mangin discusses her mother's French-Canadian ancestors, several of whom were mentally ill and committed to a state hospital. Ms. Mangin's talk interweaves family history with the genealogical methods that helped her uncover the secrets in the family tree. Ms. Mangin is a writer, researcher, family historian, and a former Librarian and website designer at the Library of Congress. Join in Crowdcast: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/virtual-genealogy-circle

Posted by Enoch Pratt Free Library on Saturday, May 9, 2020

Uncover the secrets in your family tree, using genealogical methods with the help of Julianne Mangin. Ms. Mangin is a writer, researcher, family historian, and a former Librarian and website designer at the Library of Congress. In this video, she discusses her mother’s French-Canadian ancestors, several of whom were mentally ill and committed to a state hospital. Don’t miss our Ancestry.com tutorials or weekly genealogy series, The Next Step, available now on our Facebook.

#4 How to Hula with Miss Ryan & Miss Kelly

How to Hula with Ryan & Kelly

Have you ever wanted to dance the Hula? In this video, Pratt Librarians Ryan & Kelly show you how!

Posted by Enoch Pratt Free Library on Monday, May 18, 2020

No beach? No problem! Learn some basic hula dancing steps with Pratt Children’s Librarians Ryan and Kelli and dance along to a Hawaiian song. 

#5: Tuesdays @ Two feat. Dariusz Skoraczewski & Marcia McHugh

Tuesdays at Two: Live Music Dariusz Skoraczewski & Marcia McHugh

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians Dariusz Skoraczewski & Marcia McHugh play classical music for cello & flute (the artists are sheltering in place together). Join us in Crowdcast: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/tuesdays-at-two-live-2

Posted by Enoch Pratt Free Library on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Watch this mini-concert for cello & flute performed by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians Dariusz Skoraczewski & Marcia McHugh. Make sure to tune in every Tuesday for live music performances from local musicians. 


If you’re looking for more videos like this, follow us on Facebook and check out all of our upcoming programming. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and  Youtube.