Envision Financial Freedom in 2020

By Katy Troeschel, Business, Science and Technology Department

We all know that the library promotes literacy, but did you know that financial literacy is a thing? Learn the ins and outs of mastering your money with these upcoming programs at the Central Branch.

Conquering Debt
January 15th at 12pm

Investing 101
February 12th at 12pm

Earn It, Plan It, Keep It
March 18th at 12pm

You Can Bank On It
April 15th at 12pm

No need to register, just show up! These free programs are hosted by CASH Campaign of Maryland, who also provides tax assistance for those who qualify. To find out if you qualify for free tax preparation and to set up your appointment, please contact CASH directly at 410-234-8008 or online at bmorefreetaxes.org  

Don’t forget to add these books to your reading list!

What Matters Most
By Chanel Reynolds

Read the book
How Money Works
By DK Publishing

Read the book
You are a Badass at Making Money
By Jen Sincero

Book | eBook | eAudio

2019 Staff Fiction Favorites

Happy New Year! There’s nothing like starting a new year than by reflecting on all of the great things that happened in the past year. At the Pratt, we are doing just that. Here’s a look at the books our staff couldn’t put down in 2019.

By Candice Carty-Williams

“Queenie was hilarious and heartfelt while tackling inter-generational trauma.”

Recommended by Tracy Dimond, Programs and Outreach

Then We Came to the End
By Joshua Ferris

“Joshua Ferris’ novel is a laugh out loud highly original portrait of the modern American corporate business world. The book is narrated by “we” — the employees. One of the funniest novels ever — in a tough genre to write.”

Recommended by Ann Gordon, Govans Branch

By Nnedi Okorafor

“The writing is smooth and seamless.  The story becomes more and more interesting.  The relationships Binti builds are unusual, and the concepts throughout are imaginative.”

Recommended by Julia Forde, Mobile Job Center

Other Fiction books Pratt Staff recommend…

A Better Man
By Louise Penny
Book | eBook | eAudio
Grief is the Thing with Feathers
By Max Porter
Book | eBook | eAudio
Red, White & Royal Blue
By Casey McQuiston
Book | eBook | eAudio
The Institute
By Stephen King
Book | eBook | eAudio
The New Girl
By Daniel Silva

Book | eBook | eAudio
The Water Dancer
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Book | eBook | eAudio

Best-selling Books of the Decade

Wow! We can’t believe that the year is almost over. Even more than that, the decade is coming to a close. As we reflect and get ready to move on to 2020, we wanted to take a look at some of the best-selling books from the last few years.

Here’s our picks from the best-selling books from this decade. Enjoy and have a happy new year!


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
By Stieg Larrson

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Steve Jobs
By Walter Issacson

Book | eBook| eAudio


Fifty Shades of Grey
By E L James

Book | eBook| eAudio


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
By Sheryl Sandberg

Book | eBook| eAudio


The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green

Book | eBook


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
By Marie Kondo

Book | eBook| eAudio


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
By J.K. Rowling

Book | eBook


Milk and Honey
By Rupi Kaur

Book | eBook| eAudio


By Michelle Obama

Book | eBook| eAudio


Where the Crawdads Sing
By Delia Owens

Book | eBook| eAudio

Fall in Love with a New Book

This December fall in love with a new book, no mistletoe required! Get in the festive mood by checking out one of these holiday romance novels.

25 Days ‘Til Christmas
By Poppy Alexander

Book |eBook
A Kiss in the Snow
By Susan Mallery

An Unexpected Christmas
By Shannon Richard

Be Mine at Christmas
By Brenda Novak

Because of You
By Becky Wade

Christmas in Silver Bell Falls
By Samantha Chase

Christmas in Winter Hill
By Melody Carlson

Book |eBook
Christmas Shopaholic
By Sophie Kinsella

Book |eBook | Audio
Holiday Temptation
By Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon and K.M. Jackson

Book |eBook
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
By Melissa de la Cruz

Royal Holiday
By Jasmine Guillory

Book |eBook | Audio

Snow Angel Cove
By RaeAnne Thayne
eBook | Audio
The Perfect Christmas
By Debbie Macomber

Book |eBook
Under the Christmas Tree
By Robyn Carr

Wrapped Up in You By Jill Shavis

All about Graphic Novels

Have you ever read a graphic novel? If not, you are missing out on intriguing stories and bold artwork. The Pratt has a diverse group of titles for young adults and graphic novel enthusiasts. Take a look at what’s new!

By Hannah Templer

Hotel Dare
By Terry Blas

Book | eBook
Komi Can’t Communicate, Volume 1
By Tomohito Oda

By Nnedi Okorafor

Book | eBook

Monstress, Volume 4
By Marjorie Liu

Book | eBook
Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples
By Neil Gaiman

Book | eBook
Space Boy, Volume 5
By Stephen McCranie

Super Sons 2: The Foxglove Mission
By Ridley Pearson


The Black Mage
By Daniel Barnes

Hex Vet: The Flying Surgery
By Sam Davies


The Umbrella Academy 3: Hotel Oblivion
By Gerald Way
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Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom
By Tui T. Sutherland

Book | eBook