Curl up with a Good Book this Fall

From First Lady Michelle Obama’s new book to a biography of Baltimore’s own John Waters, the Pratt has all your hot new titles.

New Fiction Titles

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New Nonfiction Titles


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The Hate U Give: Early Screening

by Demi Gough, Library Associate II

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas spent more than 80 weeks at or near the top of New York Times bestseller list. On Tuesday October 2nd, Harbor East Landmark Theater screened an early showing of the novel’s film adaptation.

The serious, yet at times light, coming-of-age tale follows Starr, a well-to-do private school student whose family still lives in a bad neighborhood because it is their home. She navigates her two realities through a time of growing police brutality cases. In her life, Starr has witnessed the murders of two of her best friends. The most recent murder was a police involved shooting: a police officer shot and killed Khalil; her last best friend and first crush.

This incident puts Starr in a compromising position. Does she speak up for Khalil who no longer has a voice, or keep quiet out of fear of being found out that she does not live in a neighborhood like her classmates? The film brings to the forefront conversations about finding your voice when no one will listen, police involvement in black communities, code switching, and other nuanced race relations.

The film (and novel) pulls in non-people of color to try to get them to understand the reasons why Black people fight to be heard and seen. The film explores the need for empathy from both Black and non-people of color to move forward breaking barriers that once pulled them apart. The film will make you laugh, cry, smile and rejoice as the characters grow. The film premiers everywhere on October 19th.

Click here to check out The Hate U Give at the Pratt before you see the movie.

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.


The Library of Congress – at the Pratt!

by Julie Johnson, Branch Manager, Roland Park Branch

Peter Devereaux, Writer-Editor from the Library of Congress Publishing Office and former Pratt Librarian, gave a fascinating slide-illustrated talk about the history of the card catalog at the Library of Congress.  No, really – it was fascinating!  Audience comments include:  “Thank you exceedingly much!”, “Great Program!”  and “…very interesting and makes me love the EPFL even more.”

Did you know that…

The use of cards to track library holdings began in 1791 during the French Revolution.  This first national cataloging code was an effort to create a union catalog of the confiscated Church and aristocratic libraries by the First Republic government of France.  Books were centrally collected and systematically cataloged (very basically by modern standards) using playing cards – uniform size, easily obtained and inexpensive.

After the British burned Washington, DC during the War of 1812, Congress agreed to purchase Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection of  6,487 books to provide the basis for the new collection.  The purchase was a politically contentious issue–both of personal politics as well as disagreement about the contents of the Library – was it to be a law library or should it cover the wider spectrum of human endeavor and interest?

The Library of Congress classification system (those alphanumberic stickers on books) was created in 1897 under the direction of Librarian of Congress, Herbert Putman.   J.C.M. Hanson and Charles Martel were appointed by Putman to lead the new cataloging division.  Prior to Mr. Putnam, the Library of Congress used Thomas Jefferson’s personal system, one organized into a scheme based on Francis Bacon‘s organization of knowledge. Specifically, he grouped his books into Memory, Reason, and Imagination, which broke down into 44 more subdivisions.

The peak year for Library of Congress card production and distribution was 1969 – the year MAchine Readable Cataloging (MARC) came into wide-spread use.  For years, the Library of Congress created, produced and shipped hundreds of thousands of card catalog cards to libraries across the country.

The Copyright Office, a part of the Library of Congress, receives 2 copies of each book sent to them for copyright protection.  Each title receives a copyright number and is then routed to the appropriate department for possible acquisition.

Copies of The Card Catalog: Books, Cards and Literary Treasures with a forward by former Pratt Library CEO Carla Hayden are available at Pratt locations. Click here to check it out.

Find more interesting author talks on the Pratt website.

Images used with permission from the Library of Congress.