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Central Library

400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Located in Mt. Vernon, the Central Library is the block-long headquarters for Baltimore City's library system and its largest public location. Features include multiple rooms for events including a large auditorium, the Poe Room for more intimate events, and a fantastic Children's Department with rooms for early learning and play. Events include frequent free movie screenings and readings by local and nationally famous authors. 

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Phone

410-396-5430

Hours

Mon-Wed 10-7 / Thurs-Sat 10-5 / Sun (Oct-May) 1-5

Website

prattlibrary.org

Upcoming Events

Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition -- 50 Years, Works, Reasons

Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition -- 50... 10/24

Exhibits

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are (2013), Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition is a retrospective of original works by the...

Medicaid Sign-Up

Medicaid Sign-Up 10/24 10:00am

Health and Fitness

Navigators from HealthCare Access Maryland are available to assist with Medicaid sign-up on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m....

Pratt 5x3: Teresa Duggan, Patrick Joust, Lynne Parks

Pratt 5x3: Teresa Duggan, Patrick Joust, Lynne... 10/24 10:00am

Exhibits

Three Baltimore photographers, who are also Pratt Library staff members, present five photos each in a joint exhibit of their work. Opening Reception:...

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Mother Goose Baby Steps 10/24 10:30am

Story Time

An interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement. For children up to 36 months with their caregivers.

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Mother Goose Baby Steps 10/24 11:30am

An interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement. For children up to 36 months with their caregivers.

Recent Events

Toddler Jumps 10/23/2014

Recent Activity

Vince Del Gavio

Vince Del Gavio left a positive review 10/18/2014

Lived in Baltimore my entire life, I had never been to the Enoch Pratt Library. Wonderful exihibit.

Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell left a positive review 10/11/2014

Great class! The class was more informative than the course I took at the community college. The instructor did a wonderful job of explaining the session. Kate was very helpful too...I am looking forward to Excel part 2.

Ann Feild

Ann Feild left a positive review 10/9/2014

Mr. Chamberlin gave moving readings of his true-to-life short pieces, peppered with humor and wit.
His writing is evocative of a past steeped in the mysteries and revelations of ordinary life.
He has some extraordinary experiences to relate, though, and I look forward to reading more of his work.

Tim Ward Baltimore Poet-Writer

Tim Ward Baltimore Poet-Writer left a positive review 10/8/2014

Shayleen, Kim & Marc provided their usual extra quality environment and assistance and the guests were of the type that gives confidence and assurance that I shall keep coming to future events. Tim ward

Crystal

Crystal left a positive review 10/4/2014

This was a very informative course. I learned more than I expected. I am grateful for all of the information that was provided.

Jennifer Downs

Jennifer Downs left a positive review 10/4/2014

The workshop was very well presented, clear and concise. I found it very helpful. I came in with little knowledge and no experience of crowdfunding and now I feel that I know what to do and how to go about it. It was very clear that preparation and follow through are critical. I will follow up with Ms Hypki to learn more.

Megin Diamond

Megin Diamond left a positive review 10/4/2014

Great presentation & invaluable information.

Nancy Bethke

Nancy Bethke left a positive review 10/1/2014

Informative discussion. This was my first event in the series. Though not as focused on a general discussion of race in America, the details of the memoir promise insights through personal experience.

Adam Tobin

Adam Tobin left a review 10/1/2014

While it was great to see Charles Blow in person, and the overall intention on behalf of the library is well-taken, the general discussion fell below my expectations and I was kind of disappointed. It really focused on Blow's memoir more than it did a discussion of race. Blow was even fielded a couple questions on his thoughts about race in this country today, and he deflected them. He really wanted to keep the focus on his memoir, which is fine, but the conversation didn't really weave into a really good discussion of race in my opinion. This contradicted the opening intro the library gave, which was kind of misleading in a way. No fault of anyone's, just thought the actual conversation was different than advertised.

Kenisha

Kenisha left a positive review 9/18/2014

I learned a lot about the databases that the Pratt Library had on it's website to help people find jobs especially in their career field. I still have more that I want to put on my resume. I scheduled an appointment at the Jobs & Career Information Center for assistance with revising my resume. I'm also reading this book What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles that was recommended by the lady that directed the Resume Workshop and it's an amazing book so far.

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Getting Here

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  • Street parking is available, metered until 6pm and free on Sundays. Parking garages and lots available nearby. Bus lines: 2/10, 3, 8, 5, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 61, 64, 91. Light Rail: Centre Street or Lexington Market. Metro subway: Charles Center or Lexington Market. Circulator Purple Route (free!) stops #305 or 306.

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