Download eBooks and Audiobooks

More than 10,000 titles were downloaded from the Pratt in February alone!

The Pratt has multiple services where you can download the latest eBooks and Audiobooks.  Our newest service, Hoopla Digital allows you to take out the hottest titles without ANY WAIT!  Each Pratt customer gets 6 downloads a month.  Hoopla also includes streaming TV and movies.

Pratt customers also have access to the Maryland’s Digital eLibrary known as Overdrive.  Overdrive has thousands of titles, and a curated selection of books on the main page.

Over on RBDigital Pratt customers can check out up to 12 eBooks and 12 Audiobooks for 21 days. With RBDigital you can also download magazines for free.

So, get your Pratt Library card now, and start downloading.



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.

Learn A New Language for Free from Home

Access Rosetta Stone Library Solution for free with your Library Card

Are you looking to learn a new language? Do you want to brush up on your ESL learning?  Going on a vacation and need to learn some key phrases? The Rosetta Stone Library Solution is an effective, easy-to-use program that allows you to learn a new language on your own time, at your own pace.

Rosetta Stone offers the proven immersion method that more than 22,000 schools and 12,000 businesses have trusted for over 20 years. This award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and is now accessible in the library — or anywhere, anytime.

Content Includes:

  • 30 languages on 5 learning levels to meet a range of cultural interests & needs
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking & listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation & more
  • Access from any web-enabled Mac or PC, in any browser
  • Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go

Check out for more information.

From Comics to Phenomenon: A Library Guide to Black Panther

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, 2018, opens today, February 15. To celebrate the groundbreaking movie, librarians in the Humanities Department of Central Library compiled a list of books to give you some background information and related resources. They highlight the Afrocentric sensation of the Black Panther comics and the beginning of a powerful movement. Click the cover to reserve your copy now!

Representation in Comics

Black Film

Further Reading

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