New from the Great Courses

From history and finance, to lifestyle and skills, there’s so much to learn with The Great Courses. Check out the collection available now on Kanopy. This August you can watch up to 10 films or episodes with no wait. 

Native Peoples of North America
America’s Long Struggle Against Slavery
Cooking Across The Ages
The Great Tours: African Safari
History Of England
Financial Disasters
Fighting Misinformation
The Everyday Guide to Beer
How to Build a Thriving Workplace
Masters of Mindfulness
Dog Training 101
The Science of Gardening

What’s New in eAudiobooks

Are you a big fan or reading but don’t always have time to sit down to read? If so, eAudiobooks just might be the thing for you. Download one of these books and listen along as you are on-the-go. Take a look at the newest eAudiobooks to be added to the Pratt’s Digital Library. 

Isn’t It Bromantic
by Lyssa Kay Adams and Andrew Eiden
Fire Keeper’s Daughter
by Angeline Boulley and Isabella Star LaBlanc
by T. J. Newman and Steven Weber
Blacktop Wasteland
by S. A. Cosby and Adam Lazarre-White
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island
by Colleen Oakley and Sara Sheckells Audiobook
One Year After
by William R. Forstchen and Bronson Pinchot
Hell Of A Book
by Jason Mott and JD Jackson
Power Play
by Tim Higgins and Will Damron
The Book Of Lost Names
by Kristin Harmel and Madeleine Maby Audiobook
How The Word Is Passed
by Clint Smith
The Order
by Daniel Silva and George Guidall
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
by Alka Josh and Sneha Mathan Audiobook

Travel Books to Download this Summer

The summer isn’t over just yet! Check out these books to get inspired to plan for your next trip on Hoopla.

This richly illustrated book from the travel experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. 

50 States 5000 Ideas by Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, eBook

Christopher Schacht was only nineteen years old and had just finished school when he put a dream into motion. With only 50 euros in savings, he traveled around the world, relying only on his friendliness, flexibility, charm, and willingness to work for his shelter and food.

Around The World On 50 Bucks by Christopher Schacht, eBook

Travel books for kids

A Road Trip To Yosemite
by Helen Bethune

A Search For The Northern Lights
by Elizabeth Rusch, Izzi Rusch and Cedar Lee
All Aboard For The Bo Bo Road
by Stephen Davies and Christopher Corr

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Looking for a new book to enjoy? Here’s a look at some of the latest books to hit the Pratt Library’s shelves that we are loving. Stop by your local branch to pick up a copy or download the eBook or eAudiobook version from the Pratt’s eLibrary. 

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
eBook | Book | Audiobook
The Paper Palace
by Miranda Cowley Heller Book
The Guncle
by Steven Rowley
Boss Up Your Life
by Ky-Lee Hanson
Finding The Mother Tree
by Suzanne Simard
Twice As Hard
by Raphael Sofoluke
by Shauna Springer
While We Were Dating
by Jasmine Guillory
She Who Became The Sun
by Shelley Parker-Chan

Dear Miss Metropolitan
by Carolyn Ferrell
After The Apocalypse
by Andrew Bacevich
From The Foster To The White House
by Terrence K. Williams

One on one with Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen—emergency physician, former Baltimore health commissioner, CNN medical analyst, and Washington Post contributing columnist—has lived on the front lines of public health, leading the fight against the opioid epidemic, outbreaks of infectious disease, maternal and infant mortality, and COVID-19 disinformation.  On Thursday, August 5th, Dr. Leana Wen will be in conversation with Tom Hall about her work and newest book, Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health. Find out more about the Writers Live! event here

Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health
by Dr. Leana Wen

Before the event, find out more about Dr. Wen from this short interview with the Pratt Library. 

Your new book details the importance of a strong public health system. How did COVID spotlight the breakdowns in public health in the United States?

There’s a saying that public health works when it’s invisible. As a result, it ends up being the first item on the chopping block when it comes to budget time. We’ve seen what happens when there is chronic, sustained disinvestment in public health. It affects everyone’s health and well-being; it impacts national security; and it ends up hurting those who are the most vulnerable.

What have we learned from COVID that will make our system stronger going forward?

First, we learned that we need to make the invisible hand of public health visible. Second, COVID unveiled underlying disparities. We need to finally address poverty and indeed racism as public health issues. Third, we’ve also seen many successful innovations by local governments, businesses, hospitals, and nonprofits alike. We need to lift up and scale up these innovations to improve health for everyone–recognizing that health disparities are not a zero sum game. You don’t take away years of life expectancy from one group to add to another. Improving conditions in people’s lives helps everyone.

Did you feel a lot of pressure going on CNN everyday to help break down some of the disinformation about coronavirus?

I don’t think I’d call it pressure. It is a huge responsibility–and an incredible honor–to assist viewers navigate what has been a confusing and quickly evolving situation. In a sense, this is no different from the work that I do as a clinician, helping patients to figure out risk in their lives for themselves and their families, and in my previous role, as Baltimore’s health commissioner, guiding Baltimoreans. To be sure, even though the immediate threat of COVID is less than before, those unvaccinated are still at risk, and disinformation about coronavirus and the vaccines is more pervasive and prevalent than ever. There is a lot of work ahead for all of us.