Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City

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aka the Pratt   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.prattlibrary.org

Mission

Our mission is to empower, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for all through equitable access to information, services, and opportunity. For all, rich and poor, without distinction of race or color (Enoch Pratt, 1882)

Ruling year info

1976

President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Heidi Daniel

Main address

400 Cathedral Street

Baltimore, MD 21201 USA

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EIN

52-6001143

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Digital Equity and Community Wi-Fi

The Pratt Library is committed to digital equity and to bridging the divide in Baltimore City where as much as 40% of the population faces challenges related to connectivity and/or devices. During the pandemic, the consequences of this stark inequity were even more dire as households relied on the internet to work, attend school, and perform basic daily tasks. Recent initiatives include:
• A hotspot, tablet, and Chromebook loan program for adults seeking devices and/or connectivity
• Additions to a vast digital library that is open 24/7 with easy access to e-cards and a wealth of online resources that include workforce development and educational platforms, eBooks, audio-books, streaming TV shows and movies, and so much more.
• Free Drive-In Wi-Fi at multiple Pratt branches to provide internet connectivity as well as Wi-Fi on the Pratt’s mobile units which circulate to disadvantaged neighborhoods.
• A corps of Outreach Program Assistants working at branches and through partners to offer assistance with technology and computers.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Each year, the Pratt's Writers LIVE, the Hackerman Foundation Best & Next, and the Brown Lecture Series bring renowned authors and speakers to Baltimore to talk about their lives and their work. These popular events encourage conversation about important social issues and create access for those who might not be able to afford to see these author/speakers at ticketed events. The series feature not only touring writers and speakers, but national and local thought leaders focused on pressing issues of the day that affect our city, state, and country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As a public library system serving residents of all ages from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and experiences, the Pratt Library is uniquely poised to help guide and support those seeking high school diplomas and entry into the job market. Each year the Pratt will offer 20+ free scholarships to its Career Online High School which enables Baltimore City residents age 19 and older to earn both a high school diploma and career certificate at no cost through a self-paced 6-18 month program. In addition to the online program, students who join through the Pratt Library will receive support from specially trained library staff both before they enroll and after graduation including higher education and career counseling.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Social Worker in the Library (SWIL) program, which pairs graduate social work students with library patrons seeking social services, is now beginning a 5th year. Social work interns provide one-on-one counseling to help library customers address issues such as poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, and addiction. The Pratt is working with interns from the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work, Morgan State University’s School of Social Work, and Coppin State University.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Books for Me is a home library outreach initiative aimed at families with young children ages 0-5 from disadvantaged areas of the city. The program engages families in workshops that model best early literacy practices essential to later school and life success, and also provides high quality picture books for children to keep. During the pandemic, families received tablets in order to attend sessions virtually.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

One Book Baltimore is a collaboration among several local organizations to provide opportunities for Baltimore City 7th and 8th graders, their families, and community members to connect through literature by reading the same book. Discussions and programs are held across the city to spark conversations focused on peace and how to promote change in the community. Recent selections for One Book Baltimore include “We Speak for Ourselves,” by D. Watkins, and “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A centerpiece of the Pratt’s programs for kids, Summer Break Baltimore helps children to build a love of reading, math, science and other academic pursuits while also stemming the summer learning loss that can occur between school years. Creative programming, incentives and awards, and a general city-wide enthusiasm make Summer Break Baltimore fun and effective for kids of all ages, as well as adults.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

At 22 branches across Baltimore City, the Pratt Library offers storytimes for parents/caregivers and their children ages 0-5. The storytimes focus on five simple practices – read, write, talk, sing, and play – that are the “building blocks” to early literacy and school readiness. Baby, Toddler, Preschool, and Family, as well as Bilingual, and Sensory storytimes for children with special needs are offered. A wide range of other programs for children is also available, including exercise and movement, shapes and math, food literacy, science-related projects, arts and crafts, and more.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Across its 22 branches, the Pratt Library offers job resources online, in print, and by appointment with career specialists. At six specialized computer training centers located in branches, the library offers free instruction in personal computer basics, job and career computer skills, and Microsoft Office and Google applications.

Population(s) Served

Three unique mobile units take the Pratt’s services on the road to neighborhoods where residents might not have access to the library, reaching thousands of additional patrons each year. The Mobile Job Center , staffed by employment professionals provides everything from basic training in computer use, to skills identification, resume development, interview training, and online job applications. The Book Buggy visits child care and WIC Centers offering emergent literacy resources, and the Bookmobile serves older kids and adults throughout the city. Additionally, librarians visit classrooms and community centers during the school year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Financials

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Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Benjamin Rosenberg

Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP

Sayra Wells Meyerhoff

Kenneth Aneckstein

Vernon A. Reid

Christine M. Espenshade

Sandra P. Gohn, Esq

Virginia K. Adams

Mary H. DeKuyper

Edward S. Delaplaine

Robert S. Hillman

Mychelle Farmer, M.D.

Jacob Hodes

Allan D. Jensen, M.D.

Edward N. Kane, Jr.

Susan K. Gauvey

Mark Kaufman

Alexander W. Koff, Esq.

James Dabney Miller

Elizabeth K. Moser

Kate Rawson Powell

Benjamin Rosenberg, Esq.

Paul S. Sarbanes

Jeffrey H. Scherr

Robert L. Waldman, Esq.

Derrick Dickens

Patricia Lasher

Beulah Sabundayo

Mary Ann Scully

Brandt Nye

Verna Jones-Rodwell

Lisa Anne Lipsky

Steven Boothe

Sandra Berman

Lidia Paz-Baker

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes