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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
The Canton branch of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library will close at the end of January for a two-year renovation project. The renovation of the 126-year-old library will include a new meeting room, furniture and circulation desk, additional computers and enhancements for wheelchair accessibility. Additional improvements will also be made to the exterior of the historic building. The library closes beginning Jan. 30. During the renovation, library patrons can visit other nearby locations: Southeast Anchor Library at 3601 Eastern Avenue and the Patterson Park Branch at 158 North Linwood Avenue.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Baltimore children's book author Elisabeth Dahl used to walk two or three miles just so she could hang out at the Library of Congress, reveling in the Paris Opera House style-architecture, the 23-karat gold-plated dome and the breathtakingly extensive archives that includes the personal papers of Thomas Jefferson. Dahl married a librarian who works now at Towson University, and the couple celebrated their wedding in the Enoch Pratt Free Library . So 45-year-old writer couldn't be more thrilled that her first published book, a children's novel called "Genie Wishes," was chosen to represent the State of Maryland at the 14 t h annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
A financial audit of the Enoch Pratt Free Library found that sloppy bookkeeping and poor oversight have resulted in balance questions, negative accounts and late reimbursements to city coffers. After a presentation before the city's spending panel Wednesday, Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young asked library officials to return in 90 days to discuss their plan to correct the accounting troubles. Young said while he is a "big supporter of the library system," he is concerned, especially since some of the problems have continued for several years.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
In New York City in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, when city laws made it illegal to serve gay patrons or hire gay employees, it took a lot of money and clout for a gay establishment to stay ahead of the vice police and remain open. The city's entrenched Mafia, of course, had both, and "specialized in illegal markets, which is what gay bars became in Gotham," writes 41-year-old Federal Hill resident Alex Hortis in his new book, " The Mob and the City ," due out from Prometheus Books next week.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2013
Got library fines? The Enoch Pratt Free Library branch system is offering delinquent book returners $1 off library fines for every can of food donated to the underprivileged. The library's "Food for Fines" program will run from Jan. 2 through Jan. 31 with all proceeds benefiting the Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore's public library system website reported. "There's no limit on the amount of cans that can be donated!" the website said. "For example, 5 cans = $5 off of your library card fines.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 31, 2012
If you didn't get a chance to attend the recent Black and White Party, a fund-raiser for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, you can get a taste of the event at this Baltimore Sun photo gallery. The event, whose theme was "Evening in Paris," was organized by the Pratt Contemporaries, a group of young professional who support the library.  Here's another Pratt event worth attending: this Saturday's Booklovers' Breakfast with Michael Eric Dyson. It will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St., from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Anthony Landi, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
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.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2011
"A Matter of Life and Death" (1946) will make excellent post-Valentine's Day viewing at the Enoch Pratt Free Library 's central location Saturday. It's about love as the force that takes the full measure of a man or a woman, even during wartime. The movie starts when an RAF poet-pilot (David Niven), stuck in a plane blasted to ribbons, bails out without a parachute — and lives. The "conductor" meant to transport him to heaven loses him in dense English fog. A sensitive American (Kim Hunter)
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2011
An avid reader who considered the library a second home has left a $950,000 bequest to be shared by the Baltimore County Public Library and the Enoch Pratt Free Library . The city and county systems will share equally in the gift from Margaret S. "Peggy" Peterson, a retired county librarian and former Towson resident who died in 2006. "The library meant so much to Peggy from her childhood to her death," said Lynn Wheeler, a close friend and director of the Carroll County Public Library System.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 12, 2013
The Waverly library would be about 2,000 square feet bigger than it is now, with a wall of glass, more computers, modernized equipment and separate areas for children and teens, as planned in a $6 million renovation project, Baltimore City library system officials told an audience of 50 people at a public meeting Thursday. "We are here, finally, to talk about renovation," said Carla Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system. "There have been some bumps and starts.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
A financial audit of the Enoch Pratt Free Library found that sloppy bookkeeping and poor oversight have resulted in balance questions, negative accounts and late reimbursements to city coffers. After a presentation before the city's spending panel Wednesday, Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young asked library officials to return in 90 days to discuss their plan to correct the accounting troubles. Young said while he is a "big supporter of the library system," he is concerned, especially since some of the problems have continued for several years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
They were novels discussed in whispers during class, passed around among groups of friends and read by flashlight late into the night. They explored serious topics - race and class, body image, sex, addiction, divorce. And, says author and critic Lizzie Skurnick, these young-adult novels were real literature that didn't get the respect they deserved. Now Skurnick, a former Baltimore resident who received her master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, is bringing them back Her imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, has republished four classic young-adult novels since its launch in September.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2013
Got library fines? The Enoch Pratt Free Library branch system is offering delinquent book returners $1 off library fines for every can of food donated to the underprivileged. The library's "Food for Fines" program will run from Jan. 2 through Jan. 31 with all proceeds benefiting the Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore's public library system website reported. "There's no limit on the amount of cans that can be donated!" the website said. "For example, 5 cans = $5 off of your library card fines.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Santa artwork mailed as holiday greetings, embroidered fabrics that look more pincushion than Christmas card, and countless other historic missives had been tucked away in cabinets at downtown Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library for longer than anyone can remember. Now, for the first time in decades of safekeeping, some 450 historic cards are on display. The rare Pratt exhibit shows how Marylanders have sent December greetings, either for Christmas, New Year's or Hanukkah, over 140 years.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Harry H. Boublitz, a retired Enoch Pratt librarian and bibliophile who filled his Medfield Heights home with books, died Saturday of Parkinson's disease at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 83. The son of a plumber and a homemaker, Harry Hamilton Boublitz was born in Baltimore and raised on Morling Avenue in Hampden. After graduating in 1948 from City College, Mr. Boublitz attended what was then Baltimore Junior College before enrolling at what is now Towson University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1953.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Anthony Landi, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
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.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2011
Caryn Coyle said she marks CityLit Festival on her calendar every year and plans to attend as many of the readings as she can cram into the day. Before noon Saturday, the Rodgers Forge resident had already amassed a stack of newly purchased books and had just come from a discussion of a novel about life in Baltimore's Highlandtown neighborhood. She was headed to a poetry reading and planning to finish the day listening to several novelists discuss their works. "I love all the stories," she said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Santa artwork mailed as holiday greetings, embroidered fabrics that look more pincushion than Christmas card, and countless other historic missives had been tucked away in cabinets at downtown Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library for longer than anyone can remember. Now, for the first time in decades of safekeeping, some 450 historic cards are on display. The rare Pratt exhibit shows how Marylanders have sent December greetings, either for Christmas, New Year's or Hanukkah, over 140 years.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Sidney Silber, a retired real estate developer, philanthropist and accomplished gardener who once ran his family's bakery, died of cancer Tuesday at his Lutherville home. He was 95. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Isaac and Dora Rodbell Silber. His father had been trained in his native Austria as a baker. The family lived above their bakery at Monroe Street and Westwood Avenue. "Like many of his siblings, my father worked in the store, handled deliveries and ran errands, all as dictated by his father," said his son, Douglas Silber.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 12, 2013
The Waverly library would be about 2,000 square feet bigger than it is now, with a wall of glass, more computers, modernized equipment and separate areas for children and teens, as planned in a $6 million renovation project, Baltimore City library system officials told an audience of 50 people at a public meeting Thursday. "We are here, finally, to talk about renovation," said Carla Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system. "There have been some bumps and starts.
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