Happy Pride Month from the Pratt!

In honor of Pride Month, there’s a new Free to Bmore Podcast spotlighting 50 years of Pride. It’s been half a century since the Stonewall Uprising kicked off Pride marches across the world. In the episode, LGBTQ + community members discuss how far the movement for equal rights has come, and how much further there is to go. Give it a listen here.

The Pratt staff had a great time over the weekend at Baltimore Pride 2019! You might have saw us walking in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 15. In case you didn’t, here are a few pictures.

Check out what’s on our reading list this LGBTQ + Pride Month.

I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves
By Ryan O’Connell
Listen
It Gets Better
By Dan Savage

Read | Download | Listen
It’s Not Like It’s a Secret
By Misa Sugiura

Read | Listen
Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era
By Jason Baumann

Read the book
Outsiders: Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights
By Zachary Kramer
Read | Listen
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States
By Samantha Allen

Read the book
Redefining Realness
By Janet Mock

Read | Download | Listen
Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
By Becky Albertalli

Read | Download | Listen
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story
By Jacob Tobia

Read the book
Sister Outsider
By Audre Lorde

Read | Listen
Something True
By Karelia Stetz-Waters

Read the book
Sugar Run
By Mesha Maren

Read | Listen
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
By Sabina Khan

Read | Listen
Tomorrow Will Be Different
By Sarah McBride

Read | Download

Trans Like Me
By CN Lester

Read | Download | Listen
What if it’s Us
By Becky Alberalli

Read | Download | Listen

Thank You for Being You!

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to be celebrating one year being fine-free. We’re celebrating with Customer Appreciation Day on Monday, June 3!

Stop by your neighborhood Pratt Library branch anytime throughout the day to join in on the fun. Enjoy snacks in the morning and the evening, and giveaways while supplies last. Have you misplaced your Pratt Library card? Not too worry, replacement fees for lost cards will be waived during the entire day. All you would need to do is visit the circulation desk for details and get your replacement card.

The cards allows you to access to so much that the Pratt has to offer with books, music (Did you know we have vinyl records? 😍) and more in our catalog. There’s plenty of eBooks and eAudiobooks available to download in Overdrive, RBdigital, and Hoopla.

Thanks again for being you, an awesome part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Jump into the Joy of Imagination Celebration

Hooray! We’re so excited about Imagination Celebration returning to Enoch Pratt Free Library this April. Join us throughout the month for kid-friendly arts and crafts, events, and more.

Our inspiration this year is the book The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson. With bright, beautiful illustrations and lyrical text it’s sure to be a great selection for story time. The book is about how our unique stories helps us to find understanding and common ground.

We’re starting off the fun with the Imagination Celebration Kick-Off Party! Join us Saturday, April 6 at 10am to 3pm at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.

Stop by for crafts, movement, and games with our community partners, early learning activities for children ages birth to five, free face painting, and souvenir photos to take home.

Hope to see you there!

For a full list of Imagination Celebration events visit here.

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Grow with Google

Looking to expand your digital literacy? Google is coming to the Pratt’s Southeast Anchor Library on Wednesday, February 27th for FREE workshops.

Learn how to:

  • Get Found on Google Search and Maps
  • Reach Customers Online with Google
  • Get Started with Email, Spreadsheets, and Presentations

Google will also offer one-on-one coaching on a number of subject including:

  • Google AdWords
  • Google Analytics
  • Google My Business
  • GSuite (Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Forms)
  • Gmail and Google Calendar

Just drop by the reservation desk to book a time slot.

Space is limited for these free workshops. Register here.

Introducing Entrepreneur Academy

The Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore County Public Library are pleased to offer Entrepreneur Academy. The innovative initiative is designed to serve the Baltimore region by providing access to training for small business entrepreneurs and solopreneurs.

This 9-week workshop will have two cohorts running from March 18 – May 4. One will be taught at the Pratt Library Edmondson Ave. Branch. The other will take place at BCPL’s Woodlawn Branch.

Participants are asked to attend all nine weeks of the workshop. Space is limited. Register here.

Entrepreneur Academy Kickoff!
Woodlawn Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library
March 9, 9:30a –11:30a

Learn:

  • Marketing Research and Business Strategies
  • Financing Options
  • Financial Recordkeeping and Taxes
  • Developing Your Business Plan

Take advantage of:

  • Legal, Financial, Insurance, and Accounting Advisors
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Extensive Library and Business Resources

Classes include:

  • Market Research and Business Strategies: Part I and II
  • Ask the Experts Panel
  • Business Finances, Taxes & Recordkeeping
  • Marketing Your Business
  • Developing Your Business Plan
  • Side Hustle Showdown

Entrepreneur Academy is a partnership between the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore County Public Library. It’s made possible in part by the Urban Libraries Council.