Enoch Pratt books quite a celebration to mark expansion

A full week of activities introduces new Annex

Family: events, activities

October 30, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

They're celebrating at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The new 43,000-square-foot Annex at the Central Library is opening Monday, and in celebration, there'll be concerts, author talks and book signings, storytelling, dance performances and kids' activities all week long.

"This is the first new [Pratt] library facility in Baltimore in more than 30 years, and we are extremely excited," says Mona Rock, Pratt Library communications director.

The annex will be the new home to the Maryland Department, Mencken Room, African-American Department, Special Collections Department, Public Computer Center and SAILOR Operations Center.

An opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting will take place at 10 a.m. Monday with Mayor Martin O'Malley, Del. Howard "Pete" Rawlings, investment manager and philanthropist Eddie C. Brown and his wife, Sylvia Brown, and other dignitaries.

Other opening-day events include a talk by children's author Jennifer Armstrong at 6:30 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Children's Garden, and a hip-hop concert with DJ the Arkitek, Black Tongue, Great Mindz, Parts Unknown and Ray Lugar, with master of ceremonies Richard Burton, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium.

On Tuesday, Mamma Sandi tells stories at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Meyerhoff Children's Garden. Miriam DeCosta-Willis discusses and signs copies of her book, Daughters of the Diaspora: Afra-Hispanic Writers, at 6:30 p.m. in the African-American Department. And at 6:45 p.m., chef John Shields of Gertrude's restaurant and Susan Daniels of Boordy Vineyards talk "Food and Wine, Maryland Style" in the Old Maryland Room.

Stories on "Busy Building Buildings" for preschoolers will be told at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Nov. 6 and at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 in the Children's Garden.

Omar Wasow, executive director of BlackPlanet.com and Internet analyst for MSNBC, will lead a talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wheeler Auditorium.

Visitors can attend a reception for the new exhibit, Maryland's First Black Lawyers: 1877-1977, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Annex. The exhibit runs through January.

At 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8, kids can view the film Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel in the Meyerhoff Children's Garden. And later that day, at 2 p.m., the ZOOmobile will be at the Meyerhoff Children's Garden with a construction project for kids.

At 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Gwinn Owens, retired opinion-page editor for The Evening Sun, will present a lecture in the Mencken Room.

Author Wil Haygood discusses and signs his new book, In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr., at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Wheeler Auditorium. And at 3 p.m., the Sankofa Dance Theatre puts on a show in the Main Hall.

At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10, author Harriette Cole talks about and signs her book, Coming Together: Celebrations for African American Families, in the Wheeler Auditorium.

Guided tours of the annex will be offered at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6 through Nov. 8.

The opening ceremony kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, State Library Resource Center Annex, 400 Cathedral St. Events continue daily through Nov. 10, except Nov. 7. All events are free. Call 410-396-5494 for tickets to the hip-hop concert, and call 410-396-5430 for general information.

For more family events, see Page 45.

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