Find Your Family History for Free at the Library

By now, we’ve all seen the TV shows that show a celebrity having an expert trace their family tree so they can find out more about their history.  Now, research experts can help you do the same thing for free.  Four departments at the Enoch Pratt Central Library can help you trace the branches of your family tree.


The African American Department has 20 different guides to assist you in genealogy research.  Over in the Maryland Department, check out the U.S. Census records for the state as well as Baltimore City directories. In Periodicals, a collection of historic newspapers on microfilm or databases contains death notices, obituaries, wedding announcement and out-of-state directories. And Social Science and History offers basic guides to tracing your family tree with staff on hand to point you in the right direction.  To find out more about your family history for free, check out our Genealogy and Family History Resources at the Pratt.


Are You Still Paying to Download Books to your Device?

by Meghan McCorkell, Pratt Library Communications Director

I admit it. I should have known better.  But, as the Library Communications Director, even I didn’t know how easy it was to download library books to my Kindle.  But, I can tell you, now that I’ve done it, I will never go back.  In just a few clicks, I have the hottest eBooks and eAudiobooks at my fingertips.  All you need is a library card.  And if we don’t have the title you want, you can hit the “Recommend” button.  I recommended a book, and two weeks later it was available.  We put together a video that breaks it down for you.

And, it’s not just books.  Looking for your favorite magazine? Check out RB Digital Gateway for online access to full color digital magazines anytime, anywhere.  Tired of paying for a streaming service? InstantFlix offers thousands of movies at the click of a button.  And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out all our Downloads and Streaming Services here and you can put money back into your wallet.



Solar Eclipse Inspired Reading

Excitement for the solar eclipse on August 21st is growing! Before the historic event, check out books recommended for all ages. Click the cover to reserve your copy.

Children’s Titles

Teen Titles

Adult Titles

Want more? Join us for a Solar Eclipse Party at the Forest Park Branch, 1:30pm, August 21, and at #popscope events.

Visit your neighborhood branch and the Business, Science, and Technology Department page for more resources. 

NASA created a quick guide about the solar eclipse. 

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has solar eclipse glasses while supplies last.