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Tim Wheeler | February 11, 2013
Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch , a Washington-based environmental group, is coming to Baltimore Tuesday to present her case that corporate control of agriculture is limiting our choice of food at the grocery store. Hauter, whose group focuses on fishery management as well as food and water, will be speaking at 7 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt central library , on her new book,  Foodopoly : The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The photos of author Robert Timberg in recent years aren't as horrifying as his memoir leads readers to expect. His eyes are direct and unflinching, and his mouth expresses wry amusement. He has the kind of wrinkles normally found on a 74-year-old man and a patch of skin across his nose that at a casual glance appears sunburned. There's nothing about Timberg's appearance now that could be described as freakish, nothing that would cause young children to howl in fright. It's taken Timberg more than 35 operations - including one without anesthesia - and 47 years to achieve that face, and he's still not entirely reconciled to it. There are moments even now when he looks in the mirror and is first startled, then furious.
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By Rebekah Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
Marylanders are being asked to brave dusty attics to help preserve history. The Enoch Pratt Free Library is in search of Civil War-era documents and wants to preserve them on computers and share them on the Internet. Librarians have joined up with the Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage Program. "We're really trying to find things that are hidden in personal collections and share them with everyone online and allow both historians and the general public to have access," said Michael Scott, the library's digitization supervisor.
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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.
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By Dave Rosenthal | February 12, 2013
To mark the birthday of Abraham Lincoln , our 16th president, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is offering a look at a bit of history today. The Pratt will have a presidential appointment signed by Lincoln on display in the main hall of the Central Library downtown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The document is the appointment of Walter Graham of New Jersey as Consul of the United States of America at Cape Town, January 19, 1863, the Pratt said....
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2012
On Twitter, you have to expect the crude, the occasional swear word, the offensive line. Just usually not from the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  The Pratt let loose an eye-brow raising Tweet Tuesday afternoon, giving a big thumbs up to a rap called "B*tches in Bookshops. " "This is awesome," the Pratt tweeted, linking to the video for the song and noting -- prudish people avert your eyes now -- that it's based on "Jay Z and Kanye West's "N****s in Paris. " Alrighty then!
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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 Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
When it comes to Super Bowl XLVII, it seems everyone is willing to put some skin in the game. Or at least a little ego. (Yes, we're talking about you, Mayor Hancock.) The bets for - and against - the Baltimore Ravens are piling up. And it's not just in Vegas parlors. The Maryland Zoo is placing a bet with the San Francisco Zoological Society that would rename the exhibit of the team's official raven mascots. If the 49ers win, the birds Rise and Conquer- often seen during home games - will suddenly find themselves living in the "San Francisco 49ers exhibit.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
A popular program of lending e-readers to patrons of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is expanding to all 22 branches in the system, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday. A $350,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation will be used in part to purchase 200 Sony Readers, she said during a news conference. In the past, roughly two dozen Nooks that had been pre-loaded with popular titles could be checked out from the Waverly and Reisterstown branches.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
State officials agreed Wednesday to spend $4.8 million to complete design plans for a major renovation of the central Enoch Pratt Free Library . The move indicates the state will approve additional funding for a $99 million renovation of the 1930s-era, 275,000-square-foot building starting next year, Pratt CEO Carla D. Hayden said. "You don't need plans if you're not going to build something," Hayden said. "We're taking this as a good sign. It means a lot when you know that they are allowing you to really start with the planning documents.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
In 1974, when Meg Wolitzer was 15 years old, she went away to a camp for aspiring young artists. Once that summer was over, Wolitzer never again thought of herself in quite the same way. Unlike Wolitzer, most of the kids she met came from privileged backgrounds. They attended private schools, lived in apartments overlooking New York's Central Park, and sprinkled their conversations with literary allusions. In their still-forming personalities, irony mixed uneasily with idealism. They had big dreams of one day living a life of the mind.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
State officials agreed Wednesday to spend $4.8 million to complete design plans for a major renovation of the central Enoch Pratt Free Library . The move indicates the state will approve additional funding for a $99 million renovation of the 1930s-era, 275,000-square-foot building starting next year, Pratt CEO Carla D. Hayden said. "You don't need plans if you're not going to build something," Hayden said. "We're taking this as a good sign. It means a lot when you know that they are allowing you to really start with the planning documents.
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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 Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
"If you hold the door for someone and they don't say, 'Thank you,' that person deserves to be in hell," Chuck Palahniuk rails - in the most mild-mannered way possible. "It also ticks me off when someone pushes the button on the elevator more than once," complains the author of two nonfiction books and 13 works of fiction, including "Fight Club. " "Pretty much everyone in New York is going to hell, because they never push that button fewer than 20 times. " Perhaps it's not surprising that Palahniuk's latest novel is "Doomed," in which the characters are routinely condemned to eternal damnation for such minor social sins as passing gas in public.
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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.
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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 William Jay and William Jay,Contributing Writer | June 3, 1994
Pint-sized pirates invaded the Enoch Pratt Free Library yesterday as it kicked off a vacation reading program: "Treasure . . . Find It at the Pratt Library This Summer."As dozens of children, parents and librarians watched, children dressed as pirates swarmed into the children's department, captured library Director Carla Hayden, and demanded treasure. The librarians' message: The Pratt is full of treasure, books, videotapes, cassettes and more.The library has offered summer reading programs since the 1940s, but this year's will be different, said Selma Levi, children's librarian at the central branch.
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May 22, 2004
Elizabeth H. Bunch, a retired Enoch Pratt Free Library staff member who won a library outstanding service award, died of complications of diabetes Wednesday at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 76. Elizabeth Howard was born in Litchfield, Ky., and attended schools in West Virginia. She moved to Baltimore in the 1940s. She joined the Pratt library staff in 1957 as a clerical assistant at the Patterson Park branch. She also worked in the Govans, Waverly, Fells Point, Roland Park and Federal Hill branches.
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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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May 28, 2013
On Wednesday, I was fortunate to have attended Medea Benjamin's talk on drone warfare at the Pratt Library. It's time Americans began to understand and speak out against the misuse of this technology. There is no basic problem with unmanned aerial vehicles, but their deployment and purpose needs far more oversight. How fortuitous President Barack Obama has begun the conversation ("Setting limits on drones," May 24). Mercifully, the CIA "fly-boys" are to be relieved of their drone duties.
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