Summer Challenge 2018 Is Here!

June 13 – August 15 at all Pratt Libraries

Our Summer Reading program is now the Summer Challenge. This year’s theme: Libraries Rock!

Why participate?

  • The Summer Challenge is a fun way to prevent “summer slide,” the loss of academic skills that students may experience during summer break
  • Earn prizes by reading or attending library programs
  • Open to all ages and reading levels, including adults
  • It’s free!

How it works

Ask a librarian to get you started, or visit to register.

Program specifics by age group

Tasty & Captivating Night with Author Sujata Massey

Writers LIVE! – Sujata Massey at the Roland Park Branch

On Saturday, May 12, Roland Park resident and award-winning writer Sujata Massey wowed a packed room at the Roland Park Branch. Forty people delighted in her presentation about her most recent book, The Widows of Malabar Hill, the first in a new series set in 1920s India.  Sujata showed slides of research trips to India for her new Perveen Mistry series as well as some tantalizing tidbits for book two, due out next year.  

The program got rave reviews with one attendee saying, “Great program!  Sujata is a fascinating, captivating speaker and author.  I loved the Rei Shimura series and I look forward to reading her new series.” Another mentioned, “Sujata is completely charming.  I loved her book and am inspired to read more by her.”

Tasty treats were provided by local Indian restaurant Namaste Baltimore.  Sujata even brought her homemade traditional Parsi biscuits for everyone.

Fans lined up afterward to buy a signed copy at The Ivy Bookshop’s table.


You can check out more titles by Sujata Massey at the Pratt Library. Just click on the cover!



Check out the Pratt Pamphlet Play Index

Looking for audition material or a play for class? Check out the Pratt Pamphlet Play Collection.

Recently, an actor came into the Central Library and told staff she never missed a chance to check out the Pamphlet Play Collection. The acting editions of plays are located in the Humanities Department.  Most plays in the collection are arranged alphabetically by author.

The Collection contains:

  • Audition material
  • Plays to perform
  • Copies of a play to read for class

Using the Pamphlet Play Index, it’s possible to find a short play in a collection, a comedy about a certain topic or a drama for a certain number or actors or actresses. You can also find plays by genre, such as mysteries or farces. There are also separate sections for collections such as Auditions and Monologues, Christmas Plays. Also, an advanced search can be created for the specific kind of play sought. For example, by combining search features it is possible to find a monologue by Edward Albee, a dramatic adaptation of Animal Farm, a comedy for 3 men and 6 women, or a melodrama for a high school group.

So, head to Humanities at the Central Library to check out Pamphlet Plays.