Learning with STEAM: Download Virtual Zoo

This October, young students can learn more about science, technology, engineering, art, and math with the help of Hoopla! Check out the Virtual Zoo collection that’s full of educational fun.

by Dom Conlon & Anastasia Izlesou
Playful As A Panda, Peaceful As A Sloth
by Saskia Lacey
The Elephants Come Home
by Kim Tomsic & Hadley Hooper

The Book Of Tiny Creatures
by Nathalie Tordjman,
Julien Norwood &
Emanuelle Tchoukriel
Why Are Flamingos Pink?
by Nancy Dickmann
How To Build An Insect
by Roberta Gibson
& Anne Lambelet
Horse Power
by Jennifer Thermes
Eye By Eye
by Sara Levine
& T.S. Spookytooth
Bees Build Beehives
by Elizabeth Raum
Armor & Animals
by Liz Yohlin Bail
A Walk In The Rain Forest
by Rebecca L. Johnson
& Phyllis V. Saroff
A Caravan Of Camels
by Christopher Robbins
& Nichola Cowdery

The Latest Albums on Hoopla

Donda or Certified Lover Boy? We’re not willing to say who had the best album of 2021 so you’ll have to take a listen for yourself! Check out the latest music from chart-topping artists on Hoopla Music. 

Certified Lover Boy
Artist Drake
Artist Kanye West
Happier Than Ever
Artist Billie Eilish
Artist Kacey Musgraves

Solar Power
Artist Lorde
If I Can’t Have Love , I Want Power
Artist Halsey
Remember Her Name
Artist Mickey Guyton
Dear Evan Hansen
(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Various Artist
Love Is The New Black
Artist Anthony Hamilton
Artist J Balvin
Good Things
Artist Dan + Shay
Mercury – Act 1
Artist Imagine Dragons

In Their Own Words: Book Picks for Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by picking up a new nonfiction book. Here’s a few selections of nonfiction, memoirs, and biographies that we think you’ll enjoy. 

On screen, Danny Trejo the actor is a baddie who has been killed at least a hundred times. Off screen, he’s a hero beloved by recovery communities and obsessed fans alike. But the real Danny Trejo is much more complicated than the legend.

Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

by Danny Trejo


One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.

The Undocumented Americans

by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism.

Ordinary Girls

by Jaquira Diaz


Also, add these to your reading list:

My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor
In The Dream House
by Carmen Maria Machado
The Devil’s Highway
by Luis Alberto Urrea
Children Of The Land
by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Book|eBook
Bird Of Paradise
by Raquel Cepeda
In The Country We Love
by Diane Guerrero

Revealing the Latest One Book Baltimore Writer

Drumroll, please…….

One Book Baltimore returns this fall and the 2021 Selection, Becoming Beatriz By Tami Charles. One Book Baltimore provides opportunities for Baltimore City 7th and 8th graders, their families, and community members to connect through literature by reading the same book. The program is a partnership between the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the T. Rowe Price Foundation, Baltimore City Schools, and other community partners. WBAL-TV 11 is the media sponsor. You can get your copy of Becoming Beatriz at the Pratt Library today.

Becoming Beatriz
by Tami Charles

Author Tami Charles

Set in New Jersey in 1984, Becoming Beatriz, follows teenager Beatriz who dreams of a life spent dancing—until tragedy on the day of her quinceañera changes everything.

Upcoming One Book Baltimore Events:

One Book Baltimore Take and Make Pennant

Monday, October 4 – Friday, October 29

Cherry Hill Branch

One Book Baltimore 2021 Kickoff Event

October 7 at 10am

Virtual Event

Healing Conversations with the Healing Youth Alliance

Tuesday, October 19 at 3pm

Hamilton Branch

Download Children’s eBooks in Spanish

Have you checked out the Spanish Titles for Young Readers Collection on Overdrive yet? If not, now’s the perfect time! Now, the collection is unlimited so you can check out as many Spanish-language eBooks and Read-Along titles as you want. We hope you enjoy them this Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Planetas Rocosos
by Kyla Steinkraus
and Britannica Digital Learning
by Robin Nelson
El Perro Duke
by David Lee and Rossana Zuniga eBook
El Patito Feo
by Katherine Rushing
Un Monstruo En Los Manglares
by Reese Everett and Sally Garland eBook
¡Que vivan los dentistas!
by Tessa Kenan
¿El zapato perfecto?
by Jennifer Dussling
and Deborah Melmon
Mi Primer Paseo A La Ciudad
by Greg Roza
Alberto Lleva La Cuenta
by Daphne Skinner
and Deborah Melmon
by Meg Greve and Alida Ruggeri
Diversión con la cosecha de otoño
by Martha E. H. Rustad
and Amanda Enright
¿Sabes algo sobre mamíferos?
by Buffy Silverman