Weinberg Foundation gives $3 million to Pratt library

Grant is part of $107 million renovation at central branch

September 23, 2013|By Anthony Landi, The Baltimore Sun

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is giving $3 million to the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of a $107 million renovation project at the central branch on Cathedral Street.

"This is a truly a generous and meaningful gift from the Weinberg Foundation," library CEO Carla D. Hayden said in a news release. "The Weinberg Foundation's grant is essential to make sure the Pratt is a vibrant 21st century library and will ensure that free programs, resources and services continue for generations to come."

The library will use $91.6 million in state funds, $5.4 million in city funds and $10 million from a capital campaign for the project, which is to start in January 2015 and wrap up by July 2018. Plans include renovating the Central Hall and Wheeler Auditorium, creating a Job and Career Center and educational "Creation Stations," increasing computer access and improving the Teen Wing.

The Weinberg grant will help create a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Children's Learning Center.

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