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Pratt Central Library to Shut Down for 9 Days for First-Floor Renovations

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The central branch of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library downtown will be closed to the public for nine days this month as crews renovate the first floor of the 85-year-old building.

Barb Mikulski is Getting Her Own Exhibit in the Renovated Pratt Central Library

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Senator Barb’s legacy will be memorialized in a permanent exhibition inside Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Central Library once its massive renovation is complete.

Ballerina Misty Copeland to Discuss Her New Health and Fitness Book at MICA

Misty Copeland in 2014, photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Misty Copeland is coming back to Baltimore.

Enoch Pratt’s ‘Food for Fines’ Deal Returns After the New Year


Frequent library users have a penchant for racking up fines for overdue books. Luckily for Baltimore City residents, there’s a way to pay those down while feeding the needy after the holidays.

Enoch Pratt Library’s Major Renovation Begins This Week



When future-you visits the Enoch Pratt Free Library in 2020, it’ll be like stepping into a whole new world.

What College Means to the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library


In support of Baltimore City Public Schools and College Awareness Month in November, CollegeBound has launched a new series of online videos featuring prominent Baltimoreans talking about “what college means to me.” Through the end of the year, they’ll release weekly videos promoting college awareness among Baltimore City students. Guests include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton, Enoch Pratt CEO Dr. Carla Hayden, MECU CFO Adrian Johnson, and many more. So stay tuned, and please share (especially with any K-12 students!). See previous videos in the series here.

Older Poets Rock the Poe Room Tonight!



If you’re a poetry fan, don’t miss a very special Passager reading tonight at 6:30 in the Poe Room at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt. It’s free and open to the public and promises to be packed with more than a dozen talented writers aged 50 and above, hailing from Baltimore and well beyond, including Shirley Brewer, Joe Hann, Ellen Hartley, Wendy Hoffman, Jennifer Keith Ciattei, Steve Matanle…

Moira Egan, whose book, Hot Flash Sonnets, was recently published by Passager Books, will be a featured performer at this festive event that provides the perfect opportunity to learn more about the press and journal that celebrate the creative output of older, seasoned writers among us.

Pushing Pawns: Chess at the Enoch Pratt


Chess is the game of kings, and for no small reason.  It takes strategy and intellect, and a wealth of patience.  Ron Weasley is a chess master, and the world’s cutest old man plays a game against himself in this animated short by Pixar.  Some things are just easier to do when surrounded by other enthusiasts, and I feel like learning chess must be one of those things.  I’ve always struggled with teaching myself via YouTube, because there are some things you just can’t get from a free instructional video – a personal touch, and any ounce of quality. 

Read All About It: Ninth Annual City Lit Fest Hits Baltimore Saturday



The ninth annual City Lit Fest is upon us and we at Baltimore Fishbowl can’t wait to see and be seen — scratch that, read and be read; scratch that: We can’t wait to hear these amazing authors, some of whom we know locally, share their work in a festive festival arena. Check the City Lit site (linked above) for more information; scan our press-release-borrowed list of headliners below. Look for the double-asterisk ** nod to know our top picks, but trust this bookish wisdom, too: All CLF events are likely well worth your weekend time! Enoch Pratt 400 Cathedral St.

Hey Waverly, How About Renovating the Books?


Ah, the Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library. The staff is helpful and friendly. The atmosphere is comfortable. The branch’s community presence is wonderful. The collection, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired (that “something” being books I actually want to read). Of course with Enoch Pratt’s online catalog I can have a title from another branch delivered to Waverly for me to pick it up (and I do). Still, it would be nice if the library could offer a more satisfying browsing experience. It’s disheartening to search for Dune novels and find only the ones written by Frank Herbert’s son Brian. Geeks know what I’m talking about.

There are tentatively three-million-dollars-worth of changes in store for the branch (if plans are approved by the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Renewal panel), which include a multipurpose room, separate reading areas for adults and children and exterior “green spaces.”

The plans were recently unveiled to the group Friends of the Waverly Library, who were largely disappointed by the modest proposal. They were hoping to see a green roof and a relocated main entrance, among other amenities.

Apparently no one thought that what was missing from the plans was the acquisition of more books. Come on, people. I mean green spaces are great, and a makeover could be a good morale boost for the struggling but plucky neighborhood. But what about the building’s very raison d’être?