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All In-Person Pratt Library Events Cancelled, Virtual Events Now Available

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, all Pratt Library locations are closed out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers. We will continue to update this page with more information as the situation evolves.

Virtual events are now available online! Browse our virtual events and attend online workshops, writers’ groups, and more from the comfort of your own home.

Central Library

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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400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone

410-396-5430

Website

prattlibrary.org

Upcoming Events

Year of the Woman Exhibit

What was Maryland’s role in the Suffrage Movement? Who were the African American activists at the heart of the struggle? What were some of the strategies of...

7/7
Maryland During Covid-19: Stories From Baltimore Teens

During these homebound weeks in Baltimore, we have a unique opportunity to share, learn, and communicate how different generations respond to this ongoing...

7/7 9am
Year of the Woman Exhibit

What was Maryland’s role in the Suffrage Movement? Who were the African American activists at the heart of the struggle? What were some of the strategies of...

7/8
Maryland During Covid-19: Stories From Baltimore Teens

During these homebound weeks in Baltimore, we have a unique opportunity to share, learn, and communicate how different generations respond to this ongoing...

7/8 9am
yoga group stretching

Visit with the Baltimore City Health Department, Division of Aging and Care Services, which provides 22 programs through 3 divisions. These programs support...

7/8 11am

Recent Events

Recent Activity

Margit Weisgal

Margit Weisgal left a review 6/27/2020

1. You promoted this saying Wes Moore would be speaking about his new book. Instead, you presented a panel of ten people (though Heidi Daniel left after her introduction). There was no information as to who these people were and why there were participating.
2. There was no agenda so participants had no idea what would occur. Consequently, instead of a one-hour event, it lasted more than 90 minutes and there was no time for Q & A with the attending audience. If you’re not going to have a Q & A, why was it promoted and why was there a link for it?
3. Since the topic was not what was promoted (Wes Moore), attendees had to figure out on their own what each person was going to discuss. We didn’t know what was happening.
4. You assumed the audience would know the people on the panel. With all these different voices, it would have been nice for each one to introduce him- or her-self and explain why there were there and how they were involved with Moore and his book. Then each could speak to a single topic. The only time this happened was at the end when they were requested to present “one big idea” to wrap up the event. Of course, one person decided that the rules did not apply to him, so he had a lot more than one idea (five or six to be exact) and would have kept going for another hour.
5. If Wes Moore spoke for a total of ten minutes, I’d be surprised. I wanted to hear from him. That’s why I signed up. That’s what you promoted. That was the draw. And why wasn’t he the first speaker after Daniel to provide an overview or context?

In other words, I was disappointed. Although I am not sorry I attended, part of the time I was searching online to find out who these people were and toggling back and forth with the presentation, so I missed content.

Just because these events are presented online, you cannot ignore what makes a good presentation or event. I’ve attended several events in the past, some with packed audiences, some with relatively few people, but the topic/subject was always clearly defined and I knew what to expect.

And that’s the last point: audience expectations. Given the list above, my expectations were not met – at all. I love the Enoch Pratt Library, but I didn’t on Sunday.

Dorian McGlannan

Dorian McGlannan left a positive review 6/27/2020

I really loved this presentation. I grew up in Baltimore but now live on the west coast. It was wonderful to hear about Wes Moore's new book and to catch up on what is happening in terms of racial justice work.

Donald Manekin

Donald Manekin left a positive review 6/27/2020

Thoughtful dialogue. Focus was looking forward. Having leadership with a vision of what communities should look like. Being a listener first and then implementing.

Robert Ihloff

Robert Ihloff left a positive review 6/27/2020

I thought it went well; there were too many panelists and I would have liked to hear more from Wes Moore

Charles Henry

Charles Henry left a positive review 6/27/2020

Loved it. Each of the presenters added value to the conversation. Mr. Moore's input was profound and totally on point.

Neil Katz

Neil Katz left a positive review 6/27/2020

It was awesome - I learned a lot! Now, what's next? How I can help? I love teaching and mentoring the next generation (and I believe I can gather others) - just need a platform/forum to teach and share and learn from each other. Let's do...

Colleen Cates

Colleen Cates left a positive review 6/27/2020

This was an enlightening conversation, and a lot of information was shared (some of which I no knowledge of). This is my first virtual experience with the library and looking forward to others. I am planning to read Mr. Moores’ book. Will this presentation be able to view later?

Barbee Barber

Barbee Barber left a positive review 6/27/2020

Lively and well facilitated. Thank you.

band kid jen

band kid jen left a review 6/20/2020

Personally it was a bit boring, but helpful. But take these words with a grain of salt because they are coming from a teen.

Denise Davis

Denise Davis left a positive review 6/3/2020

Outstanding interview. Sonia Shah is extremely insightful and knowledgeable about vital issues of our time. A transformative program. Looking forward to reading Shah's books!

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