At the June 25, 2019 Annual Meeting, the membership met and awarded m$200,000 to support child and teen programs and capital initiatives at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. We are truly humbled by the support of our membership – thank you!
Full funding highlights can be found here.
At the June 14, 2018 Annual Meeting, the membership met and awarded more than $180,000 to support child and teen programs and capital improvements at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, including the final payment of the Contemporaries $250,000 pledge to support the renovation of the historic Central Library! We are truly humbled by the support of our membership – thank you!
The Renovation of the historic Central Library
$50,000 to support the Pratt Campaign for Central Library Renovations; the final capital campaign installment toward an overall $250,000 to support and name the Pratt Contemporaries Teen Reading and Resource Room. The renovation will be complete in spring 2019.
$25,000 to provide schools with free buses to bring students to the Library where they can access Pratt resources and participate in enrichment programs; this fund addresses the Pratt’s greatest obstacle to reaching vulnerable populations – getting them to the library!
Branch Improvement Fund
$25,000 to provide for necessary and ongoing branch improvements to the 21 Library branches, including repairs, furniture upgrades and replacement, paint, carpeting and other needs with a special focus on child and teen library spaces
Wide Angle Youth Media Partnership Project
$15,000 to support this popular program that teaches young people video production, critical thinking, public speaking, team-building, and leadership skills
Librarian-led Branch Programming
$15,000 to provide librarians with the resources to provide ample programming activities for children and teens; this year the Library expanded hours by 30% meaning the Pratt is open in under-served communities longer than ever before.
Diversify the Pratt’s Books & Materials
$10,000 to refresh and maintain diverse collections across the 22 location system, allowing the Pratt’s youngest patrons to see themselves in literature
$10,000 to support programming of the Library’s mobile unit that brings books, computers, educational materials, stories, songs, and other enrichment activities to Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Centers and daycare facilities. This service helps children in under-served communities develop pre-reading skills and instructs mothers and other caregivers on their role as a child’s first and most impactful teacher.
Author and Illustrator Visits
$10,000 to help the Library bring national and local authors to schools throughout Baltimore; this funding will allow students, many of whom live in under-served communities, the chance to meet acclaimed authors of some of their favorite works. They also receive a copy of the book and have the chance to have it signed and personalized!
STEM FEST & Year-Round STEM Programming
$10,000 to support the annual statewide STEM festival activities and offer high-quality STEM programs year round; the Library is the largest program provider of programs during the STEM festival.
Parental Outreach Programming
$10,000 to help foster Pratt involvement in school community activities, such as literacy nights, family engagement activities, and partnerships with elementary schools; this funding will allow the Pratt to reach parents, caregivers and their children in communities that may not have a local branch.
At the June 1, 2017 Annual Meeting, the membership met and awarded $180,000 to support child and teen initiatives and capital improvements at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Funding will serve as the 4th of 5 campaign installments toward the Pratt Contemporaries $250,000 pledge to support the Teen Reading and Resource Room at the Central Library.
In 2016, the Pratt Contemporaries directed more than $125,000 to the Pratt Library to support child and teen literacy efforts at the Pratt Library through a variety of grant designations, including the following highlights:
Pratt Contemporaries membership dues, donations, Black & White Party tickets and sponsorships, and participation at our events all allow the Contemporaries to make these crucial year-end grants. Together, let’s work to continue to fund critical child and teen literacy programs and improvements to branch children’s departments at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.