A Royally Mysterious Afternoon at the Roland Park Branch

by Julie Johnson, Roland Park Branch Manager

On Saturday June 23, former Roland Park resident Eleanor Herman returned to her childhood library for an intriguing presentation on The Royal Art of Poison:  Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, Filthy Palaces and Murder Most Foul.

Herman explained that actual poisoning may have been hard to detect because royals used arsenic, lead, gold, and mercury in their cosmetics (got to keep that dewy, soft complexion, you know), did NOT use their chamber pots, decorated with lead paint, and physicians were certain that mercury, blood-letting and dead birds split in half and placed on the head of the patient would save the royal life. All those fatal practices create a conundrum for investigators.

The program got fantastic reviews.  One attendee said, “This was a wonderful experience!”  Another called it “a fabulous program” while a third said it was “thoroughly enjoyable.”  The forty-plus attendees were treated to photo-illustrated talk with Ms. Herman in Renaissance dress.

Fans lined up afterward to buy a signed copy at The Ivy Bookshop’s table. Check out these short, fascinating videos from the book.

Join us for more Writers LIVE author programs #atthepratt. And of course, check out more titles by Eleanor Herman at the Pratt Library. Just click on the cover!

Audubon’s Wildlife Gardening Workshop

Spring has sprung and it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor space again. The type of garden you create will invite different birds and insects to your space. The library has books to assist your outdoor beautification, or you can attend a library program to inspire your gardening adventures.

We had a full house for Audubon’s Wildlife Gardening Workshop at the Roland Park Branch. Participants explored strategies for creating gardens that feed birds and butterflies in Baltimore spaces, large and small. “We discussed specific plants that offer seeds, berries, nectar, and insects to Baltimore birds,” said presenter Susie Creamer.

Spring workshops also took place at the Patterson Park Branch and Canton Branch. One more “advanced” gardeners’ workshop awaits you at the Hamilton Branch on April 12 at 5:30pm. Please register in advance: baltimore@audubon.org. More info here.

TONIGHT: Black Girls Rock

Join the Pratt for an unforgettable night with Beverly Bond, creator of Black Girls Rock.

She will talk with R&B star Brave Williams about her new book, Black Girls Rock! Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth, which pairs inspirational essays and affirmations with photographs.

WHAT: Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock

WHERE: Reginald F. Lewis Museum

WHEN: TONIGHT, 6:30pm

Register here

 

In the book, Maxine Waters shares the personal fulfillment of service. Moguls Cathy Hughes, Suzanne Shank, and Serena Williams recount stories of steadfastness, determination, diligence, dedication, and the will to win. Erykah Badu, Toshi Reagon, Mickalane Thomas, Solange Knowles-Ferguson, and Rihanna offer insights on creativity and how they use it to stay in tune with their magic.  Pioneering writers Rebecca Walker, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Joan Morgan speak on modern-day black feminist thought. Lupita Nyong’o, Susan Taylor, and Bethann Hardison affirm the true essence of holistic beauty. Iyanla Vanzant reinforces Black Girl Magic in her powerful pledge. Through these and dozens of other unforgettable testimonies, Black Girls Rock! Is an ode to black girl ambition, self-love, empowerment, and healing.

Beverly Bond is a women’s empowerment leader, entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist, celebrity DJ, cultural curator and social innovator. In 2006, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and created the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to celebrate the excellence and accomplishments of black women across sectors. Bond’s work as a businesswoman and community leader has earned her awards such as Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list of most influential Blacks in America, two Gracie Awards, and three NAACP Image Awards.

Click here to register and reserve your seat. 

This program is in partnership with Mahogany Books and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.