Read to Reef Book Club is Back!

Dive into some great books today with the Read to Reef Book Club. 

Read five aquatic books, and receive four tickets to the National Aquarium.

Read To Reef Govans Pratt Library | August 9, 2016


The spring season of Read to Reef kicks off on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Step 1:

Read to Reef Step 1Throughout the month of March 2018, Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger may visit any Enoch Pratt Free Library Branch and show their library card to receive a Read to Reef bookmark, while supplies last.

Step 2:

Read to Reef Step 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.

Step 3:

Read to Reef Step 3

Bring your completed bookmark to the National Aquarium’s ticket center through June 17, 2018, to exchange it for up to four admission tickets to be used that day.

Award-Winning Books at the Pratt

Just last week, the American Library Association announced the new winners of the Youth Media Awards.

Now you can reserve your copies of the award-winning books at the Pratt. Just click on the cover.

2018 Caldecott Winner

2018 Newbery Winner

2018 Coretta Scott King Winner

2018 Pura Belpre Winner

And… for the Young Adults..

2018 Printz Winner

2018 Stonewall Winner

2018 Morris Debut Winner

2018 YALSA Nonfiction Winner

Sneak Peek at Central Teen Wing

With Central Library closed to the public for renovations this week, we’re giving you a sneak peek inside the renovation.

Take a look inside what will be the Teen Learning and Leadership Center on the 2nd floor.  The ceiling has been painstakingly restored to its former glory.  The Teen Learning and Leadership Center will be an innovative, flexible, creative space that reflects the 21st century needs of those in 6th to 12th grade. 

The Teen Wing will have restrooms and vending machines just for teens.  It will also contain state-of-the-art technology including a recording studio and a makerspace.

When the Central Library reopens on February 20, the Children’s Department will temporarily be housed in this space.  The Teen Wing will open in 2019.

Learn More about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Courtesy: Library of Congress

Historical videos of Dr. King’s most memorable moments

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Pratt Library can help you learn more about the civil rights leader.  Our Access Video service allows you to view historical videos of Dr. King. From commentary, to news conferences, speeches, biographies and interviews, the Access Video collection lets you to relive some of the Dr. King’s most notable moments.

Martin’s Big Words uses quotes from some of Dr. King’s most memorable speeches and vibrant watercolor paintings to bring Dr. King’s words to life.

All of that and more now available at Access Video On Demand.