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Live At The Enoch Pratt Free Library: A Historic Renovation

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Midday is thrilled to be broadcasting today from the beautifully renovated and restored Enoch Pratt Central Library in downtown Baltimore.  The library looks great following a three-year, $115 million dollar face-lift

From an impromptu stage in the Library's grand Central Hall, Midday host Tom Hall and his guests discuss what’s new about the 86-year-old building itself, and the range of programs that the Enoch Pratt Free Library offers. 

During the broadcast we meet Wesley Wilson, Chief of the Central Library, and Vivian Fisher, Deputy Director and head of the African American Department here at the Central Library. They describe the expanding array of programs and services offered by the Pratt.  

We begin by welcoming the president and CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Heidi Daniel, and Jean Campbell, an architect and senior project manager with Beyer, Blinder, Belle, the architecture firm that that oversaw the renovation of this beautiful and historic building.

The Grand Reopening of the Central Library  -- a community block party -- is slated for Saturday, September 14, from 11 am - 4 pm.  A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for noon, with Pratt CEO Heidi Daniel, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young, Sen. Ben Cardin, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and  other dignitaries in attendance.

We were unable to livestream this broadcast, but video of the program can be found here.  

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Rob is Midday's senior producer.