Free and fun programs for the whole family at the Pratt Free Library


— The Enoch Pratt Free Library is working to “Build a Better World” with Summer Challenge 2017. The summer learning initiative teaches all age groups that reading reaps great rewards.

Adults earn raffle entries for each book they read. Children and teens are challenged to complete a learning activity or a reading activity or to attend a library program each day during the summer. They can earn prizes by logging those minutes and registering at the Central Library or any of the 21 branches.

“Research has shown that students lose up to two months of reading achievement during the summer,” said Pratt Library Children’s Services Coordinator Rachel Frisch. “That’s why we want to encourage them to keep learning so they can walk into class prepared in September.”

Last year, more than 9,600 readers participate in the Pratt summer reading program with more than 5,000 winning prizes.

This year, prizes include toys, coloring books, t-shirts and more. Thirty-six day readers will also be entered into a raffle to win Orioles tickets, passes to the Maryland Science center, and more. Summer Challenge lasts until August 16, 2017.

For a complete schedule of programs and more information on Summer Challenge 2017, visit: