Online Learning for Students

While schools are closed, learning must go on! The Pratt Library has resources to assist with the move from the classroom to the home. All you need to have to access HelpNow is a Pratt Library card. Don’t have one? Not to worry, you can always get a Pratt eCard here. Take a look at them below!


BookFlix is designed for children from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. With bright and colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, kids can develop their reading skills and early learning concepts.

This family-friendly reading program that pairs fiction and nonfiction books. There’s even books available in Spanish!

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With just a click of a button, students can be connected with expert tutors and other helpful tools. Students can receive assistance with one-on-one homework help, state-aligned skills building, and a 24-hour writing lab.  

Also, we are excited about the brand new feature that HelpNow offers called MEET. MEET is an easy-to-use tool where students can invite others, choose a date and time, and then create the study session. Sessions take place through the Brainfuse whiteboard.

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Unlimited Viewing on Kanopy Kids

Are you looking for something both educational and fun for your children to watch? Look no further than Kanopy Kids! There’s plenty of programming to pick from including popular PBS Kids titles. What makes it even better is that it’s unlimited viewing so they can watch as many Kanopy Kids programs as they want.

To access Kanopy Kids visit here and click Go to Kanopy Kids: on the top right side of the screen.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite programs on Kanopy Kids.

Women’s History Month on Hoopla

Happy Women’s History Month! We love seeing women from the past highlighted and how they are inspiring the leaders of the future.  Take a look at these curated lists from Hoopla. Don’t forget you have 15 instant downloads each month. With a great collection of ebooks, film, and music, what are you waiting for?

For a full list of eBooks available in honor of Women’s History Month visit here.

Bygone Badass Broads
By Mackenzi Lee
First Women
By Kate Andersen Brower
How We Get Free
By Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor
By Michelle Dean
The Radium Girls
By Kate Moore

Comics and Graphic Novels
Give the genre a try with one of these picks for Women’s History Month here.

Billie Holiday
By Carlos Samoayo
Lily Renée, Escape Artist
By Trina Robbins

Movies & Television
Interested in more movies for Women’s History Month? Visit here for a full list of recommendations.

Hoopla has a not only the latest but greatest from popular female artists. Take a look of a list of featured albums here.

By Jhene Aiko
Dancing Queen
By Cher
The Emancipation of Mimi
By Mariah Carey

An Updated Message from the Pratt CEO

Dear Pratt Library customer,

This is a very unsettling time and we’re making some hard decisions that we feel are in the best interest of our customers and staff. I want to thank you all for your support and patience as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve. We have been working closely with health officials.


All Pratt Library locations will close to the public at 5pm on Friday, March 13. Libraries are naturally places that people congregate, which makes it difficult for us to support social distancing. We know that people rely on our libraries, and this is an incredibly difficult decision. The Library is working with city officials to see how our buildings could be utilized by emergency responders during this time. While our physical buildings will be closed to the public, that does NOT mean a shutdown of library services.


The Pratt eLibrary is always open to provide eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, and TV shows. We also provide resources for children who are out of school. Online tutors are standing by thanks to our Brainfuse service. While story times are on hold, you can access Bookflix which provides early literacy eBooks and videos. Adults can get free online college-level learning using our Gale Courses or learn a new language using Mango

Anyone who doesn’t have a library card can access the Pratt eCard from home and begin using these services.


Customers can hold on to library books they already have until library service hours are fully restored. All cards that are up for renewal will remain active.


The Pratt Library will continue to evaluate its response to COVID-19 with the guidance of health officials. We will continue to look for innovative solutions to provide service to our community. Customers can stay up to date on any changes to library services through our website. You can also follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.

Thank you for your understanding,

Heidi Daniel
Pratt Library President & CEO

A Special Message from the CEO

Dear Pratt Library customer,

I’m sure many of you have been following the COVID-19 spread carefully. We have been communicating regularly with the City Health Department. I want to alert you to some key changes the Library will be making to protect the health and safety of our customers and staff.


The Pratt Library will cancel all public programs until March 31. Given recommendations from top health officials, we feel this is in the best interest of keeping both our staff and customers safe. Large-scale programs such as CityLit Festival and Imagination Celebration will be rescheduled. We will reassess the situation at the end of the month.


All Pratt Library locations will remain open with standard operating hours. Our Facilities teams continue to follow the CDC Guidelines for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection to keep our buildings clean. In addition, disposable wipes have been provided to Pratt staff to wipe down “high touch” surfaces. Additional hand sanitizer is also being distributed.


Many digital resources are available to our customers from their own homes. Our eLibrary contains downloadable eBook and eAudiobooks. We also have a number of streaming services for both TV and movies. Educational databases are available for both children and adults. The Pratt has also issued a new eCard that can be accessed online. We’ll also be expanding our Books by Mail program.


The Pratt Library will continue to evaluate its response to COVID-19 with the guidance of health officials. Customers can stay up to date on any changes to library services through our website. You can also follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.

Heidi Daniel
Pratt Library President & CEO