TONIGHT: Black Girls Rock

Join the Pratt for an unforgettable night with Beverly Bond, creator of Black Girls Rock.

She will talk with R&B star Brave Williams about her new book, Black Girls Rock! Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth, which pairs inspirational essays and affirmations with photographs.

WHAT: Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock

WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum


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In the book, Maxine Waters shares the personal fulfillment of service. Moguls Cathy Hughes, Suzanne Shank, and Serena Williams recount stories of steadfastness, determination, diligence, dedication, and the will to win. Erykah Badu, Toshi Reagon, Mickalane Thomas, Solange Knowles-Ferguson, and Rihanna offer insights on creativity and how they use it to stay in tune with their magic.  Pioneering writers Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Joan Morgan speak on modern-day black feminist thought. Lupita Nyong’o, Susan Taylor, and Bethann Hardison affirm the true essence of holistic beauty. Iyanla Vanzant reinforces Black Girl Magic in her powerful pledge. Through these and dozens of other unforgettable testimonies, Black Girls Rock! Is an ode to black girl ambition, self-love, empowerment, and healing.

Beverly Bond is a women’s empowerment leader, entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist, celebrity DJ, cultural curator and social innovator. In 2006, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and created the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to celebrate the excellence and accomplishments of black women across sectors. Bond’s work as a businesswoman and community leader has earned her awards such as Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list of most influential Blacks in America, two Gracie Awards, and three NAACP Image Awards.

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This program is in partnership with Mahogany Books and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Create in the Library: Teen Tech Week 2018

by Lucie Ferguson, Young Adult Librarian

This week, Pratt teen librarians are gearing up with displays, events and digital resources to celebrate Teen Tech Week, March 4-March 10.

Teen Tech Week is an annual initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association, focused on connecting teens with libraries and technology. Every year during the first week of March, libraries around the country host creative programming for teens to encourage building tech skills and experiences. This could mean using traditional tools, like a sewing machine, trying out new skills like programming, or learning how to be safe on the internet. Why? It’s important for teens to explore technology in a fun and experiential way as they prepare for college and 21st century careers. It’s also a good chance to show teens that the library is about more than books. It’s a place to build, learn and use tech resources that are right there in the community – including librarians.

In past years, teens at Pratt have explored low-tech activities like building circuits with conductive dough and making steampunk art, as well as more complex projects such as digital scavenger hunts and 3D printing. These activities encourage engagement with all the ways that technology is part of our lives: for navigation, for education and for creation. It’s also just a blast: last year, teens at the Reisterstown Road branch found themselves directing laser beams through a maze against the clock!

Six Pratt branches are partnering with Code in the Schools this year to offer basic coding workshops for teens. These workshops will help students learn the building blocks of programming, an important skill in today’s computer heavy world. And there are plenty of other great activities planned: designing binary code necklaces, trying out retro gaming systems and learning to fly drones. Check out our calendar to find a Teen Tech Week program near you and follow along with #ttw18.

Read to Reef Book Club is Back!

Dive into some great books today with the Read to Reef Book Club. 

Read five aquatic books, and receive four tickets to the National Aquarium.

Read To Reef Govans Pratt Library | August 9, 2016


The spring season of Read to Reef kicks off on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Step 1:

Read to Reef Step 1Throughout the month of March 2018, Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger may visit any Enoch Pratt Free Library Branch and show their library card to receive a Read to Reef bookmark, while supplies last.

Step 2:

Read to Reef Step 2 

Check out the list of the National Aquarium’s favorite aquatic or conservation-themed books or ask your librarian for suggestions. Borrow, read or listen to someone read any five of these books and record them on your Read to Reef bookmark.

Step 3:

Read to Reef Step 3

Bring your completed bookmark to the National Aquarium’s ticket center through June 17, 2018, to exchange it for up to four admission tickets to be used that day.

The Great Backyard Bird Count in Roland Park

On Saturday February 17, six teens came to the Roland Park Branch to look for birds. They were participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count—an annual event coordinated by the Audubon Society and Cornell University that invites people from around the world to report which birds are in their immediate area on a single weekend. Professional scientists then use those reports to track things like migration patterns and changes in bird populations.

Roland Park’s teen ‘Citizen Scientists’ saw thirty-nine birds over the course of ninety minutes. They also used field guides and an app on the Branch’s iPad to identify six different bird species. Afterwards, Teen Librarian Alex Lawson submitted those observations to Cornell’s online database so that they’ll be available for use by birders and scientists.

The teens enjoyed bird-watching—they were always competing to see who could spot a bird first. They were also excited to know that the work they were doing was part of a larger project run by professional scientists. That, plus some hot chocolate, made the time fly by on a cold morning.

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