One Book Baltimore at the Pratt

by Demi Gough, Library Associate II

One Book Baltimore is a new citywide initiative and collaboration among multiple local organizations connecting families and members of the community through literature by reading the same book.  The One Book Baltimore selection committee chose Dear Martin, by Nic Stone, hoping to inspire meaningful dialogue about experiences and challenges faced in everyday life as well as promoting peace and anti-violence.

In the series of One Book activities, the Waverly Branch held a special showcase joined by partners: WBAL-TV, Ceasefire Baltimore, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Baltimore City Public Schools, T.Rowe Price Foundation, Maryland Humanities, and Media Rhythm Institute. The evening began with a unity meal, followed by a group conversation about ideas presented in the book, moderated by WBAL anchors Andre Hepkins and Ashley Hinson. Some of the ideas and questions discussed were based on race, identity, respect of oneself and others, building up communities, and practicing mindful living, along with discussing how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would feel if he were still alive today.

The Media Rhythm Institute gave a preview of upcoming programs that would be based on Dear Martin through music, film, and dance created by youth. MRI teaches young people how to become future media and entertainment moguls. They learn how to express themselves through writing and producing music, conducting

interviews, making films, and dancing while preserving the Baltimore Club dance scene.

Programs related to restoring peace, anti-violence and the One Book initiative is scheduled at various Pratt locations across the city. The grand finale will be a conversation with author Nic Stone, December 12, 2018, 6 p.m. at the Northwood Branch.

One Book Baltimore

The Pratt Library is excited to be a part of a new initiative called One Book Baltimore.


One Book Baltimore is a collaboration among several local organizations to provide opportunities for Baltimore City 7th and 8th graders, their families, and community members to connect through literature by reading the same book. Discussions will be held across the city this fall to spark conversations focused on peace and how to promote change in our community.

The Pratt will host a series of programs related to One Book Baltimore in October and November. It all culminates in special programming Nov. 3 & 4 on Ceasefire weekend in every Pratt location.


2018 Selection: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin book cover

Justyce McAllister is a teen who looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He writes a journal to Dr. King to find out if the civil rights leaders’ teachings hold up in a modern society.

“Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.”

Reserve your copy of Dear Martin at the Pratt Library today. 

One Book Baltimore is a partnership between the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Ceasefire, Maryland Humanities, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Maryland Book Bank, First Book, CityLit Project, the T. Rowe Price Foundation, and WBAL-TV.