New Year, New Fitness Goals!

Happy New Year! If you made a resolution or goal to step up your health and fitness in 2021, Hoopla has plenty of ebooks and videos to help. From clean eating cookbooks to exercise videos, there’s something for everyone. Also, you can download all of the resources with no-wait. Go ahead, start your better health journey now!

Read up on fitness:

The RBG Workout
By Bryant Johnson
The Ultimate Body Plan
By Gemma Atkinson
Shut Up And Run
By Robin Arzon
Body Love Every Day
By Kelly LeVeque
Every Body Yoga
By Jessamyn Stanley

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Celebrating the work and life of Eric Jerome Dickey

We are saddened by the news of Eric Jerome Dickey’s passing on January 3, 2021 at age 59. The bestselling author has written many beloved classics including Milk in My Coffee, Sleeping with Strangers, and Friends and Lovers. He leaves behind a catalogue of amazing work, including over 25 novels depicting romance, erotica, and suspense from the Black perspective.

The Business of Lovers

All is fair in love and lust in this tale of two brothers, four women, and the business of desire. Through this novel, Eric Jerome Dickey paints a powerful portrait of the family we have, the families we create, and every sexy moment in between.

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Sister, Sister

Valerie, Inda, and Chiquita are three women looking for love in Los Angeles. Sexy and in-your-face, Sister, Sister depicts a modern world where women may have to alter their dreams, yet never stop embracing tomorrow.

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With Cheaters, the bestselling author rips the covers off the L.A. singles scene–exposing the lovelorn lives, and lowdown lies, of six young professionals.

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Milk In My Coffee

The New York Times bestselling book that stirred up controversy and got readers talking—and passionately debating—Eric Jerome Dickey’s bold portrait of racial identity and subtle understanding of sexual intimacy.

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Also by Eric Jerome Dickey:

Naughtier than Nice
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An Accidential Affair
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What’s New in the Lucky Day Collection

Start 2021 off right with a new book from the Lucky Day Collection on Overdrive.  It’s a great way to access eBooks and eAudiobooks with no wait! Take a look, you might find your new favorite book. 

The Queen of Nothing
By Holly Black
Not in My Neighborhood
By Antero Pietila
Chasing Cassandra
By Lisa Kleypas
Pumpkin Spice Peril
By Jenn McKinlay
Too Much and Never Enough
By Mary L. Trump
The Scent Keeper
By Erica Baumeister
One Minute Out
By Mark Greaney
The Farm
By Joanne Ramos
Walk the Wire
By David Baldacci
How to Be An Antiracist
By Ibram X. Kendi
The Water Dancer
By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Learn More about the Library in Spanish: Pratt en Espanol

By: Vianey Becerra, Social Media Manager

Do you speak Spanish? So do we!

This Hispanic Heritage Month, equal access to important resources and information for the Latinx community in Baltimore was a main priority. That’s why we created the new Pratt en Español Facebook group. Here you’ll find information on Pratt programming, services, books and more, completely translated in Spanish. Our weekly live program, Más Allá de los Libros, provides the most recent updates from the Pratt Library and hosts partner organizations to share local community resources. 

Scroll down to view some of our past posts on the Pratt en Español Facebook group.

To join our Pratt en Espanol Facebook group, visit our main Facebook page: @theprattlibrary. 

And don’t forget to set a reminder for Mas Alla de los Libros every Wednesday at noon EST.

¡Hasta luego!

Tiny Stories of Library Love (Part 2)

This summer we invited you to tell us a story involving a library in 100 words or fewer. Thank you to everyone who submitted a story! Here are some of our favorites.

Whitney C.:
When I was 15 I dressed up as the Cat in the Hat for Halloween. One of the librarians from our small town saw me and loved the costume. She asked me to do a special storytime dressed in costume reading Dr. Seuss books. I loved how excited the children were, and it made me realize you can do fun things to make a difference in your community.

Heather D.:
My tiny story involves a tiny library! I discovered the Little Free Library in my neighborhood while out on a walk, and now delight in finding them all over the city!

Jonina D.:
The first time I entered a summer reading program was after sixth grade. The wonderful Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – founded in 1890 – offered so much more than the suburban Whitehall Library – founded in 1963. I finished first: competitive reader that I am, though only for summer reading programs. Checked in for the big party, yet somehow I didn’t hear the announcement that the celebration was starting, so missed the whole thing. (Turned out okay, library staff consoled me by agreeing to help me start a new junior-high-school book-reviewing group.) What was I doing? Reading!

Ruby M.K.:
When I was 14, our family moved to Kenshaw Avenue.  My mother would walk to the corner of Kenshaw and Reisterstown Road and say, “This is a great place for a library.” She wrote a letter suggesting Enoch Pratt build a branch there.   They listened! Because I lived in Atlanta for 46 years, one of the first things I did when I moved back was walk into the Reisterstown Road branch and register for a card. Each time that I visit, I feel a special warmth that people are using the library that my mother helped build.

Inshirah W.:
Hi, my name is Inshirah, and me and my daughter always had these fun visits at the library. That’s where I was able to see her most times. It was hard for me but I knew that’s where we shared our most joy, happiness and all. Anissa took her first steps in the kids’ room of the library. When this Covid is over we plan to revisit the library and have those same memories.