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May 18, 1993
Finding a new director to head the Enoch Pratt Free Library was not as easy as it used to be. The search committee says it was pleased with the qualifications of the applicants, and its final choice seems excellent, but a lot has changed since the last time this exercise occurred. That was in 1981. A finalist for the director's job then subsequently took a job in a city that was not competitive with Baltimore, in terms of library prestige or salary. He has done well there. This year when the Pratt's trustees sought him out, he would not consider the job. The Pratt's reputation is no longer pre-eminent -- and it can't pay him what he's making.
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By Donna M. Owens, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Carla Hayden is one of Baltimore's best-known book lovers, one who has spent 21 years at the helm of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library . When the busy bibliophile takes time off to travel, she appreciates accommodations where books are part of the experience. "One of my favorite hotels is The Library Hotel in New York City," said Hayden, president emeritus of the American Library Association. "It's definitely more than a hotel stay; it's a literary experience. " Housed in a 1912 Neo┬┐Gothic style "sliver building" - just 25 feet wide and 100 feet long - the luxury hotel is located steps from the New York Public Library.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | May 13, 1999
Knock on Carla D. Hayden's door and you're greeted by an unexpected bonus: Her mother, Colleen Hayden, is visiting from Chicago, and it's amazing how alike the two look. Hayden, Enoch Pratt Free Library director, is dressed for work in a comfortable, but tailored beige pants suit. Mom is wearing a beige pants suit from People United. It's fashionably cut, but made from cozy sweat-shirt material. Both women have on handsome earrings and their hair is cropped.Hayden, an honorary chair of Monday's Women's Housing Coalition Annual Kitchen Party, has learned volumes about dressing in Baltimore's wilting summer heat.
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By Stephanie Citron and For The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
If you go Getting there While many airlines fly to Paris from Baltimore's BWI-Marshall Airport, none are direct flights. It is quicker, and often cheaper, to fly nonstop from Dulles Airport right into Charles de Gaulle Airport. Round-trip flights start around $900. Note: When dialing any of the numbers below, add 011-33. Lodging Hotel Brighton, 218 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, 01-47-03-61-61; paris-hotel-brighton.com/en. Carla Hayden prefers the elegant, early 19th-century Hotel Brighton.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1996
When the Enoch Pratt Public Library trustees meet in the board room at the Central Library, director Carla D. Hayden takes a seat on the north side of the table, her back to the portrait of the library's benefactor and namesake, so he appears to be staring over her shoulder. Occasionally, she steals a glance back at him and -- she swears -- his expression changes."Literally, he sometimes looks calmer," she says. "Other times, he looks like, 'What are you doing?'"On this particular day, the board room is empty and the sky is the pale, washed-out yellow that follows a summer storm in Baltimore.
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By Sloane Brown | August 15, 1999
The memory of James Baldwin burned brightly at a Guilford home for "The Fire This Time," an evening of readings from the celebrated writer's works. Some 60 fans of the late author, whose books include "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "The Fire Next Time," gathered to inaugurate the Baltimore chapter of the National James Baldwin Literary Society. They toasted Baldwin's 75th birthday, enjoyed coffee and dessert, and savored selections read aloud by the chapter's founding members. Among those in the mix: Kevin Brown, party host and chapter founder; Carolyn Marcus, William Maughlin Jr., Martha Saunders, Jean Cooper and Sissy Bryant, founding members; Carla Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library; the Rev. Lorenzo Handy, associate minister of Union Baptist Church; Camay Murphy, Baltimore City school commissioner; and Miles Whitenburg, co-owner of Imagine National Creations.
NEWS
June 14, 1993
FROM the June issue of American Libraries:"It's nice to be wanted, but this is ridiculous. The mayor's office in Chicago sent out a press release May 6 announcing the appointment of Carla Hayden to the prestigious post of city library commissioner. No problem with that -- except that Hayden was simultaneously being named director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore."By May 11, the office of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley had taken the blame for the foul-up, saying the press release was a mistake but maintaining that Hayden, who is currently Chicago Public Library deputy commissioner/chief librarian, had not made a final decision about leaving CPL and might be persuaded to stay.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2001
A Baltimore circuit judge turned aside yesterday a last-minute request to halt today's scheduled closing of five branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Judge Thomas E. Noel rejected arguments by activists that the planned closings warranted emergency action by the court, and raised questions about the arguments made in their case, which will be heard later. "I'm not minimizing the seriousness of the closings," Noel said in refusing the temporary restraining order. David B. Goldstein, a lawyer for the activists -- among them, members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- argued that the library's board of trustees lacked the legal authority to approve the closings because some of its members do not live in the city.
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By SLOANE BROWN | May 14, 2006
Spring colors abounded at the Engineers Club. Not flowers, but florals -- on tables of springtime accessories up for sale, on models showing off the latest in spring fashion, and in the outfits of almost 300 mostly female guests at "Fashion Fever 2006." This was the fourth annual fashion show and brunch fundraiser for the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, and its most successful yet, said party chair Shelly Malis. Tickets had sold out a month in advance. It wasn't hard to see why. The two front rooms of the club were fashionista nirvana, with tables overflowing with jewelry, belts and handbags (including one group created from fur)
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By Michael Olesker | July 17, 2001
THE TWO OF them stood there at the entrance to the Enoch Pratt central library yesterday, waiting for the big front doors to open, oblivious to all acts of cultural suicide taking place inside. "Are you here to take out a library book?" Raymond Holmes, 11, was asked. "Nope," he said. "Library won't let me take no books out." "Why not?"" 'Cause I lost a book and ain't paid for it," Raymond said. He stood there as the first serious heat of the day began to descend on the city, and did not move from the doorway.
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By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Few people can recognize the yearning to escape better than Carla Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Library. As a librarian, she has spent many years helping her curious clientele explore new realms and journey to wondrous places through books. So when Hayden decides that it's time to turn the page or open a new chapter in her life, it is no wonder she favors a destination famed like no other for its joie de vivre - Paris. We caught up with her to chat about her Parisian adventures and her favorite hidden treasures.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
The president leaned in, lightly touched Carla Hayden's shoulders and sent a whispered message into her right ear. What exactly did Barack Obama, leader of the free world, say to the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library? A national secret? A sweet nothing? The book at the top of his summer reading list? Alas, nothing that sexy. Though Hayden was thrilled to mingle with the president and the First Lady at the White House Tuesday. She was there for the annual summer event for federal appointees.
NEWS
February 10, 2008
Carla D. Hayden has been executive director of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library since 1993. She has been credited with leading an effort to rebuild the city's library system since then. She served as president of the American Library Association for a one-year term beginning in 2003 and won praise for taking a tough stance against the Patriot Act of 2001, a federal law that forced public libraries to comply with FBI requests about patrons' records. "Although I have read and loved many books during my life, there are a few that still stand out for a variety of reasons," she says: "Bright April" / by Marguerite De Angeli / Doubleday / 88 pages / $15.99 As a young child of color I did not realize that this lovely children's book by a noted illustrator was actually groundbreaking in its sympathetic portrayal of a Black family; I only saw and loved the beautiful pictures of a Brownie with pigtails who (I thought)
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By SLOANE BROWN | May 14, 2006
Spring colors abounded at the Engineers Club. Not flowers, but florals -- on tables of springtime accessories up for sale, on models showing off the latest in spring fashion, and in the outfits of almost 300 mostly female guests at "Fashion Fever 2006." This was the fourth annual fashion show and brunch fundraiser for the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, and its most successful yet, said party chair Shelly Malis. Tickets had sold out a month in advance. It wasn't hard to see why. The two front rooms of the club were fashionista nirvana, with tables overflowing with jewelry, belts and handbags (including one group created from fur)
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2002
Carla D. Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, has just vaulted into national prominence as the president-elect of the 63,000-member American Library Association. But in Baltimore, she has found a rockier road to acceptance. Election to the influential post means that Hayden will be regularly testifying before the nation's lawmakers, shaping policy on library matters such as Internet access and copyright law. Yet her nine years here have produced a rare thing: polarized library politics.
NEWS
By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2001
A Baltimore circuit judge turned aside yesterday a last-minute request to halt today's scheduled closing of five branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Judge Thomas E. Noel rejected arguments by activists that the planned closings warranted emergency action by the court, and raised questions about the arguments made in their case, which will be heard later. "I'm not minimizing the seriousness of the closings," Noel said in refusing the temporary restraining order. David B. Goldstein, a lawyer for the activists -- among them, members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- argued that the library's board of trustees lacked the legal authority to approve the closings because some of its members do not live in the city.
NEWS
July 26, 2001
Closing its library shows no regard for Hollins-Payson area If you live in Southwest Baltimore, this certainly is not the "Greatest City in America": Our firehouse is closed, we have no pool or recreation center, there are few stores to speak of, and our schools consistently score poorly on the reading tests. So, closing the Hollins-Payson library is just one more indication that folks in our neighborhood are not a priority for Mayor Martin O'Malley or Enoch Pratt Free Library Director Carla Hayden ("5 branches marked for closing by Pratt," July 19)
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By Donna M. Owens, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Carla Hayden is one of Baltimore's best-known book lovers, one who has spent 21 years at the helm of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library . When the busy bibliophile takes time off to travel, she appreciates accommodations where books are part of the experience. "One of my favorite hotels is The Library Hotel in New York City," said Hayden, president emeritus of the American Library Association. "It's definitely more than a hotel stay; it's a literary experience. " Housed in a 1912 Neo┬┐Gothic style "sliver building" - just 25 feet wide and 100 feet long - the luxury hotel is located steps from the New York Public Library.
NEWS
July 26, 2001
Closing its library shows no regard for Hollins-Payson area If you live in Southwest Baltimore, this certainly is not the "Greatest City in America": Our firehouse is closed, we have no pool or recreation center, there are few stores to speak of, and our schools consistently score poorly on the reading tests. So, closing the Hollins-Payson library is just one more indication that folks in our neighborhood are not a priority for Mayor Martin O'Malley or Enoch Pratt Free Library Director Carla Hayden ("5 branches marked for closing by Pratt," July 19)
NEWS
By Michael Olesker | July 17, 2001
THE TWO OF them stood there at the entrance to the Enoch Pratt central library yesterday, waiting for the big front doors to open, oblivious to all acts of cultural suicide taking place inside. "Are you here to take out a library book?" Raymond Holmes, 11, was asked. "Nope," he said. "Library won't let me take no books out." "Why not?"" 'Cause I lost a book and ain't paid for it," Raymond said. He stood there as the first serious heat of the day began to descend on the city, and did not move from the doorway.
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