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Heidi Daniel, Pratt Library CEO, on "Wash & Learn," Renovation, and Summer Reading Tips

Enoch Pratt Free Library

The official first day of summer - the Summer Solstice -- is June 21, and joining Tom today to help us put our summer reading list together is Heidi Daniel, the President and CEO of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library.

She also updates us on the many goings-on at our city’s wonderful library.  Those include the Pratt's new "Wash and Learn Initiative"that's bringing internet access to laundromats around the city; the annual Summer Challenge; the June 29 PrattCon at the SE Anchor Library, the library's version of Comic-Con that will celebrate graphic novels and comic book culture; and the nearly complete renovation of the Central Library.

Also today, Heidi Daniel shares her 2019 summer reading recommendations, which you can check out below...

This program was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page, and you can watch the video here.



Daisy Jones & the Six: A Novel - Taylor Jenkins Reid

City of Girls: A Novel - Elizabeth Gilbert

Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead (released July 16, 2019)

Lady in the Lake - Laura Lippman (released July 23, 2019)

The Bride Test - Helen Hoang

The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai

Speaking of Summer - Kalisha Buckhanon (released July 30, 2019)


Hot Comb - Ebony Flowers


Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive - Stephanie Land

We Speak for Ourselves: A Word From Forgotten Black America - D. Watkins

(It’s Great to) Suck at Something: the Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What it Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience, and the Stuff That Really Matters - Karen Rinaldi

Dapper Dan: Made In Harlem, A Memoir (released July 9, 2019 *Amazon) - Daniel R. Day

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud & the Last Trial of Harper Lee - Casey Cep

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir - Ruth Reichl


The Prince and the Dress Maker by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather; his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!  

In Real Life by Corey Doctorow and Jen Wang

From acclaimed teen author and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash


The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli

The Book Hog loves books-the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell-and he'll grab whatever he can find. There's only one problem: he can't read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are.   

Another by Christian Robinson

A girl and her cat take an imaginative journey into another world where things are similar, but not exactly the same as in her world.   The Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor- and Newbery Medal-winning artist of Last Stop on Market Street presents an author-illustrator debut that invites children on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

The Magic and Mystery of Trees by DK (Nonfiction)

Learn unbe-leaf-able tree facts; meet extraordinary trees from around the world and the animals that call them home. Find out what trees do for us and how we are damaging them with pollution and deforestation. But it's not too late to do something about it and you'll find out how you can help with instructions on how to plant your very own tree!


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