BALTIMORE — The Pratt Library’s Hampden branch will undergo major renovations starting on May 20, 2019. In order to provide library services to the community during the construction period, the Pratt has partnered with the Hampden Family Center. Pratt staff will provide weekly storytimes, a place for customers to browse collections and pick up books on hold, computer assistance, adult programming, and more.
“We’re so grateful to the Hampden Family Center for letting the Pratt share space so we can provide vital programming to the neighborhood,” said Pratt President/CEO Heidi Daniel. “This is a great example of strong community partnerships working to provide access to Baltimore residents.”
“It’s important to Hampden residents and our clients of all ages that there continues to be a library presence and services available in the neighborhood during the branch renovation,” said Lisa Ghinger, executive director of the Hampden Family Center. “We are happy to provide the space and look forward to this innovative partnership.”
The Pratt’s Hampden branch first opened in 1900. The renovation, will double the space of the branch by making the basement usable space that will include a meeting room, public bathrooms, and staff offices. In addition, a ramp system will be added to the exterior of the building to make it handicapped accessible. The renovation project is expected to take two years.