Vietnam War Programming

The Vietnam War, a series documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never been told on film.  All November, the Pratt Library is holding programs and screenings to to spark conversations about the moving documentary.  Check out the trailer for the documentary below, and join us for a month of reflection on the war that changed our country.


Vietnam War: Issues That Got Lost

Tonight, 6:30pm, MD State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

Arnold R. “Skip” Isaacs, author and journalist who reported from Vietnam for the Baltimore Sun in the 1970’s.


Maryland STEM Festival Kicks Off

Pratt Library participates in Maryland STEM Festival 2017

The Maryland STEM festival kicks off from now until November 12th.  The Enoch Pratt Free Library will be offering collaborative and interactive programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to celebrate.  Our hands-on programs tap into your creativity and encourage STEM exploration in a fun and engaging way.  From cool experiments, to sensory Olympics, even 3D printing, we’ve got something for everyone.

Check out the Pratt’s STEM festival programs here. 


Several programs will be conducted as part of our NASA @ Your Library grant including building a space pod, roving robots, and indoor stargazing.

The NASA@ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation program.


Introducing the Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Room

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to announce when the Central Library is fully renovated in 2019, we will be dedicating a room honoring Senator Barbara A. Mikulski.  The room will be used for adult literacy and women’s leadership programs.  It will include a display of historic artifacts from the Senator’s career in politics.  Take a look at this video to see the wonderful partnership between the Senator and the Pratt.

Read to Reef Book Club Returns!

October is here.. and that means we are going back under the sea.  The Read to Reef Book Club is back! This is a great partnership between the Pratt Library and the National Aquarium.  Here’s how it works:

1. Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger can visit any Enoch Pratt Free Library branch and show their library card to receive a Read to Reef bookmark while supplies last.

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.

3. Bring your completed bookmark to the National Aquarium’s ticket center before December 28, 2017, to exchange it for up to four admission tickets to be used that day.

Read To Reef Govans Pratt Library | August 9, 2016


So head to your nearest Pratt branch, and get reading!

Six More Recommendations from Adult Summer Challenge Participants

Summer’s not over yet! There’s still time to discover your favorite summer read.

Adult Summer Challenge 2017 participants recommend the following:

Cherrie W. (Central Library) on Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn: I’m still reeling from reading this book[…] […]I am amazed at how well it describes growing up in poverty in the Caribbean. To read about the generational neglect and pain of the three protagonists – Delores, Margot, and Thandi and their life experiences amid the colonialism, classism, and colorism that existed in Jamaica at that time, in addition to the challenges of living in a country that relies on tourism dollars, was painful and yet poignant. Excellent read!

Monty P. (Central Library) on American Eclipse by David Baron: David Baron shows us a fascinating glimpse of 1878 America as several scientists and adventurers travel into the West to chronicle the first major solar eclipse in our nation’s history.  Pioneering scientists James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell, Thomas Edison, and many more braved early railroad travel, stagecoach and numerous hazards to bring us out of a barbarous Gilded Age and onto the world scientific stage by recording a remarkable celestial event.  This book reminds me of some of Bill Bryson’s work, with multiple facets of interest and wonderful details.  This is a good book-group choice in this year when we are anticipating another total solar eclipse.

Anne M. (Govans Branch) on A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin: This is the story of a family that falls to pieces under the pressure of living with an abundantly gifted tyrant.  Milo Andret is a mathematician whose way of living in the world is painful, both for his family, colleagues and lastly, himself.  He had an unwillingness to ease anyone’s pain; or rather, a complete ‘inability’ to ease it.  His or anyone else’s.

Mona P. (Light Street Branch) on A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler: Baltimore author has written a sweet story of a single dad who struggles to be a good person, father, son, worker, and friend.

Lucie F. (Staff) on The Muse by Jessie Burton: I was happily caught up in Jessie Burton’s beautiful words and in the entwining stories of the two heroines in two different eras, as a mysterious painting of St. Rufina is created, then discovered. At first Odelle and Olive seem very different: one is a Trinidadian immigrant and writer trying to find her place in 1960’s London, the other a wealthy British daughter on vacation in Civil-War-era Spain, who paints in secret. The painting’s backstory connects them plot-wise, but as the novel progresses, Burton explores their connection more deeply in terms of what it means to create, to put your creation out in the world, and the way it affects relationships.

Emily  A. (Washington Village Branch) on Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly: The extensive research done for this story combines with the former journalist author’s talent to provide an extensive view of society on two continents from the beginning of Germany’s invasion of Poland in World War Two and throughout the war, to the late-twentieth-century aftermaths of the three main characters. Well done!

For a chance to win fabulous prizes, submit an entry to the Adult Summer Challenge here. The program ends August 16.