See Paul Butler Tonight at the Brown Lecture Series

Brown Lecture Series presents Paul Butler, Chokehold: Policing Black Men

Wednesday, December 13, 6:30pm

Central Library African American Department

In his new book, former federal prosecutor Paul Butler powerfully demonstrates why current efforts to reform law enforcement will not create lasting change.  A law professor at Georgetown University, Butler provides legal commentary for CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.  He is the author of Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, winner of the Harry Chapin Media Award.

The Brown Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Eddie C. and Sylvia Brown Foundation. 

Celebrate the Sounds of the Season with the Pratt Library

All December long, we’re celebrating the sounds of the season across our Pratt Library branches.  Come in to hear some holiday music.. and maybe even meet a special guest…

Govans Branch

Holiday Celebration featuring Friends School choir

Thursday, December 14, 6pm


Light Street Branch

Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 14, 6pm


Orleans Street Branch

New World Outreach Jazz Orchestra: Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 12, 6pm



Canton Branch

‘Tis the Season, Baltimore Children’s Choir

Thursday, December 21, 4:30pm




Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Pratt Library

Join Charles Dugger as he presents the principles of Kwanzaa at 15 Pratt locations throughout December. 

Kwanzaa begins December 26th and lasts until January 1st. The celebrated is center on seven guiding principles known as the Nguzo Saba:

  1. unity (in Swahili, umoja)
  2. self-determination (kujichagulia),
  3. collective work and responsibility (ujima),
  4. purpose (nia)
  5. creativity (kuumba)
  6. faith (imani)
  7. collective economics (ujamaa)

Register Now for Booklovers’ Breakfast

Booklovers’ Breakfast 2018 Featuring April Ryan

Saturday, February 3, 2018


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

700 Aliceanna St

Admission: $50 Per Person; Table of 10: $450

Join us for this year’s Booklovers’ Breakfast, featuring April Ryan.  Since 1997, April Ryan has served as a White House correspondent and is the Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks.  She is the author of The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America and At Mama’s Knee. In 2017, she joined CNN as a political analyst, and in May 2017 the National Association of Black Journalists named Ryan “Journalist of the Year”. 

Advanced registration is required.  Registration begins today, December 4 and ends January 30, 2018. For more information, call 410-396-5494


Get Fit for FREE at the Library

Free Fitness Programs Available at Pratt Library

We are still a few weeks away from 2018.  But, you can start that New Year’s resolution early, without paying for a pricey gym membership.  Did you know Pratt Library branches across the city offer FREE workout, health and wellness classes?

From Nutrition Classes at the Reisterstown Branch, to Line Dancing at Waverly, to Zumba at the Hamilton branch, the Pratt has something for everyone.  And those are just the classes offered TODAY alone! We even have classes helping little ones get fit, including Zumbini, a music and movement class for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Stay and Play helps 2-5 year olds get the wiggles out using obstacles and learning toys.

It’s not all about sweating it out.  Mindful Meditation helps relax and the mind and rejuvenate. We have even partnered with the Baltimore Back and Pain Center for Free Spinal Screenings and Massage. 

So as you start thinking about those 2018 resolutions, check out how your Pratt branch can help you achieve those goals.