To all of the moms, aunts, godmothers, and mother figures out there, wishing you all the happiest Mother’s Day this weekend. In honor of the holiday, we’ve compiled a list of books highlighting the different aspects and perspectives of motherhood. Check them out!
Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the married owner, Boss Yeung. Now she’s carrying his baby. To ensure that his child—his first son—has every advantage, Boss Yeung has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil.
Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling, she reaches out to Priscilla to become her son’s nanny. When Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. But she is unprepared for what it means to be a white mother with a black son. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity, but whom the world is determined to treat differently.
Althea Butler, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters, Viola and Lillian, have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will.
They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when Althea and her husband are arrested. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters.
Readers, don’t miss out on this thrilling adventure filled with mysteries and plot twists aplenty in this absorbing series about family and friendships. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember!
Star Wars fans, our day is almost here! If you are looking for ways to celebrate May 4th, you won’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away. Just stop by one of our nearby branches for a Star Wars-themed event or activity.
The Edmonson Avenue Branch has a fun day planned with a scavenger hunt, DIY activities, and more scheduled throughout the day. The Patterson Park Branch is screening the latest Star Wars Movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, at 1pm. Don’t forget to bring snacks and your light saber! Also, the Washington Village Branch is joining in on the fun; stop by to participate in spaced-themed crafts starting at 3:30pm.
If you‘re not caught up on the franchise, there’s no need to worry. Here’s a list of some of the Star Wars books and movies available at Enoch Pratt Free Library. Check them out!
We’re excited to announce that the Pratt’s Hampden Branch is getting a makeover. Starting May 18, the Hampden Branch will be closed for major renovations. The 119-year old library is getting a modern day update that will also keep the historic charm of the building that we all love.
Those in the neighborhood can look forward to the addition of a meeting room in the basement. The new room will double the floor space of the branch! We’ll also be updating the restroom facilities. Notably, the Pratt will make the branch more accessible to those with disabilities by adding a ramp to the entrance of the branch. With all of these changes, we are expecting the project to take 2 years to complete.
Not to worry, you still will be able to access the library’s services. The Pratt Library will be partnering with the Hampden Family Center to provide:
• Weekly storytimes for children • A book collection and pick-up location for holds • Computer training & assistance • Library programming
Don’t forget, that you can always access the Pratt’s digital resources including Overdrive,Hoopla, and RBdigital whenever you want. Ebooks, Audiobooks, Music, Movies, Magazines, and more are just a click away.