Marathon Motivation

The Baltimore Running Festival is right around the corner

Do you need some motivation to get you across the finish line? Check out some of these inspirational running stories.  Click the cover to reserve your copy at the Pratt Library now!

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

This 2009 bestseller details the hidden tribe of superathletes, Tarahumara Native Mexican tribe. McDougall takes a deep dive into the mechanics of endurance running.

Learn more by checking out McDougall’s Ted Talk. 

 

 

When I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

While training for the New York City Marathon, Haruki Murakami decided to keep a journal of his progress. The result is a memoir about his intertwined obsessions with running and writing.

 

 

Once A Runner by John L. Parker Jr.

First released in 1978, and recently re-released, Parker details the hard work and dedication that goes into being an elite runner.

 

 

 

 

Running Like A Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley

This inspiring, funny memoir follows Heminsley’s journey as she transforms her live by learning to run.  From stories of defeat, to victory, even details of choosing the right shoes, it is the Bridget Jones Diary of running.

 

It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding

It is peak wedding season!  Every wonder how brides dressed throughout history?

Digital Maryland is home to the Historical Society of Baltimore’s historic wedding collection.  From dresses, to marriage licenses, and wedding bands, take a trip back to see what weddings used to be.  Here’s a few items from the collection.

Here’s the happy couple who tied the knot on January 14, 1920.

Elizabeth Zimmerer wed Michael Kahl at St. Joseph’s in Fullerton, MD.

 

Intricate details including an ornately painted boat with a  couple inside and flowered garlands mark this marriage license issued in 1883.

 

They’re not glass slippers. These bridal shoes date back to 1899.  They include a fabric decorative bow and pearl detail.

 

If you need more ideas for your big day, you can see more of the Historical Society of Baltimore’s wedding collection at Digital Maryland.

4th of July Finds on Digital Maryland

Special Collections at the Pratt is filled with patriotic finds. Here’s some we dug up from the archives this Independence Day.

 

Pratt War Poster Collection

Here you can see four separate color posters on one sheet by JD or J. (James Henry) Daugherty (1889-1974)

The four historical scenes are meant to inspire Americans to  “buy war stamps & bonds.”

 

 

 

Star Spangled Banner Replica Project: Star-Spangled Flag House

This photo shows members of the Baltimore Weaver’s Guild turning over woven fabric for the Star-Spangled Banner flag replica for the Maryland Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair, 1964-1965.

 

War of 1812: Maryland Historical Society

The American flag stands tall over Fort McHenry in this pen, ink and charcoal depiction of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.  Created by an unknown artist.

 

Check out everything Digital Maryland has to offer on the web!

Celebrate Pride Month Through Music

by Flory Gessner, Fine Arts and Music Librarian

Celebrate Pride Month, which occurs each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, with us by digging into LGBTQIA+ materials in the Humanities and Fine Arts Departments. Check back all month for more recommended reading.

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Read It Before It Hits the Big Screen

Lots of books are set to become movies over the next several months.

Get a jump start this summer by reading the books first.  Here are a few choice selections.  Click on the cover to reserve your copy at the Pratt Library today.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The film version of this best seller follows the hilarious story as a secret multimillionaire bring his girlfriend home for the first time to visit his super wealthy family in Singapore.

The trailer is already out for this movie hitting theaters August 17.

 

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Book One in a series, The Darkest Minds follows 16-year old Ruby who breaks out of a rehabilitation camp for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

The trailer is out for the film set to hit theaters in August.

 

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Cate Blanchett is set to star in as Bernadette, a woman who hates leaving her house, and especially hates the other parents at her daughter’s school. But when one mother goes missing, she makes it her mission to find out what really happened.

Movie is due out in March of 2019.

 

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

It’s the next chapter for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cyber criminals and corrupt government officials.

This thriller hits theaters in November.