A Message from the Pratt CEO

Dear Baltimore Community,

After 7 wonderful years at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, I will be stepping down at the end of February to become CEO of the King County Public Library in Washington state, one of the largest circulating libraries in the country. Leading the Pratt Library has been one of the most humbling, fulfilling, and joyful experiences of my life. Each one of you made me feel at home in Baltimore and I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished.

Darcell Graham, the Pratt’s Vice President of Public Services, will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer and I will work with her over the coming months to ensure a seamless transition. Darcell has been with the Pratt for more than 25 years and I know she will be a strong and visionary leader as the Pratt undertakes a nationwide search for a permanent CEO in the new year. 

During my tenure at the Pratt, we’ve achieved many important milestones together. The Central Library reopened after an historic renovation. We will break ground this year on the Pratt’s first new library building in 15 years in Park Heights. The Pratt created new, innovative services through the COVID-19 pandemic that enabled ongoing access for our community. A new Master Facilities Plan is in its final stages to ensure the Pratt’s ability to serve generations to come. With so much to celebrate, last year, the Pratt had the highest circulation in 12 years, a record number of active cardholders, and the highest number of new cardholders in 7 years. I want to thank you for all you’ve done to help the Pratt reach new heights and be a leader for libraries nationwide.

I’m confident that the Pratt will continue to reach new goals with the leadership of Interim CEO Darcell Graham.  She has worked across nearly all of the public service divisions at the Pratt and has a keen understanding of our shared vision and commitments. She and the experienced Pratt team will continue to move the library forward in 2024. That work includes an historic American Rescue Plan investment in many Pratt buildings, productive collective bargaining negotiations with Pratt staff, and a new 5-year strategic plan that will be rolled out in the new year.

The Pratt Library is a national jewel and it’s been an honor and privilege to serve you. I will be here until the end of February and actively helping with this transition to ensure we continue to offer exceptional service for all our customers. Thank you, again, for all that you’ve done to support the Pratt and our community.

Heidi Daniel
Pratt Library President & CEO

Hooked on Holiday Romance on Hoopla

Happy Holidays! Fall for these festive, funny and romantic reads available on Hoopla. Don’t forget, you can download 10 digital materials each month with a few quick clicks.

Through the Snow Globe
By Annie Rains

The Trouble With Tinsel
By Juilet Giglio and Keith Giglio

Reasonable Adults
By Robin Lefler

The Holiday Mix-Up
By Ginny Baird

In the Event of Love
By Courtney Kae

A Mistletoe Affair
By Farrah Rochon

Window Shopping
By Tessa Bailey

Holiday Love
By Raykel Tolson

On My Naughty List
By Julianna Baclayanto

What’s New this December!


By Chikodili Emelumadu

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For the Last Time
By Heidi Perks

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How Not to Age
By Michael Greger, MD

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Quantum Body
By Deepak Chopra, MD, Jack Tuszynski, PhD, and Brian Fertig, MD


The Curse of Penryth Hall
By Jess Armstrong

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The End of the World is a Cul De Sac
By Louise Kennedy

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The Engagement Party
By Darby Kane

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The Frozen River
By Ariel Lawhon

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The Other Mothers
By Katherine Faulkner

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The Squad
By Ryan Grim

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The Vacation
By John Marrs

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Where There’s Smoke
By E.B. Vickers

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What’s New for Teens this December

Teens, enjoy a brand new book this December! Take a look at what the Pratt Library has available for you this month.

The Third Daughter
By Adrienne Tooley

Where He Can’t Find You
By Darcy Coates

Ruthless Vows
By Rebecca Ross
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Your Fault
By Mercedes Ron

Caught in a Bad Fauxmance
By Elle Gonzalez Rose
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With or Without You
By Eric Smith


Wish of the Wicked
By Danielle Paige
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The Curse Light
By Emily Thiede

The Scarlet Alchemist
By Kylie Lee Baker
eBook | eAudio

The Name Drop
By Susan Lee
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And Break the Pretty Kings
By Lena Jeong


The Emotionally Intelligent Teen
By Melanie McNally
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