Our Impact

Our Impact

FISCAL YEAR 2018

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.

Transportation Fund
$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

Book Buggy
$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.

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​FISCAL YEAR 2017

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.

  • $5,000 – Book Buggy Operating Supplies & Maintenance
    To provide for routine maintenance and upkeep for the newly redesigned Book Buggy which travels to WIC sites and daycare facilities, delivering learning tools to help young children develop important pre-reading skills.

  • $5,000 Branch (Librarian-Led) Programming
    To provide librarians with necessary resources to provide ample programming activities with patrons, which will be even more critical when hours and visits increase this fall.
  • $5,000 – Arts Programming through the Creative Alliance
    To support one-shot programs at branches and the Open Minds Art Club at Southeast Anchor and Patterson Park.
  •  $5,000 – PRATTCON
    To promote and bring more panelists, local artists and comic book workshops into the Southeast Anchor Library.
  •  $7,500 – First Card Materials
    To provide for 3,000 Pratt Library First Card registration kits for the Baltimore City schools opt-in program for families with entering Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
  •  $10,000 – Wide Angle Youth Media Partnership ProjectTo support this popular program that teaches young people video production, critical thinking, public speaking, team-building, and leadership skills.
  •  $10,000 – Author and Illustrator Visits
    To provide author/illustrator speaking fees, author travel arrangements and lodging, transportation for participants, and funding to provide books for participants.
  •  $10,000 – Diversity in Books and Materials
    To refresh and maintain diverse collections across the system that reflect our child and teen patrons.
  •  $20,000 – MD STEM Festival & Year-Round Programming
    To support the annual statewide STEM festival activities and offer high-quality STEM programs year-round.
  •  $25,000 – Branch Improvements
    To provide for necessary and ongoing branch improvements to the 21 branches of the EPFL, including repairs, furniture upgrades and replacement, paint, carpeting and other needs with a special focus on child and teen library departments.
  • $27,500 Transportation
    To increase program participation by providing 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.
  •  $50,000 – SLRC Renovation

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.

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FISCAL YEAR 2016

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:

  • $10,000 to bring local and nationally renowned authors and illustrators to the Central Library and various Pratt branches for school-aged children and young adults

  • $2,000 for Bmore STEM, a citywide ecosystem initiative where local industry, philanthropists, educators, and program providers collaborate to create STEM learning
  • $9,000 for First Card Materials encouraging Baltimore City school children to sign up for their first Library card – all new registrants will receive a Library tote bag loaded with goodies to use as they begin a lifetime of Library visits. All materials and the Book Buggy (below) will be redesigned to showcase the famous children’s book character Olivia the Pig.
  • $3,500 for the Pratt’s Book Buggy, the mobile Library that visits WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) clinics in the vulnerable districts of Baltimore where there is no library nearby
  • $2,500 to branches for upgraded furniture and materials
  • $3,000 for Librarian-led Branch Programming, including materials needed to run innovative programs, including arts and crafts supplies
  • $2,500 for all branches of the Pratt Library to participate in a national STEM Festival, held in Baltimore
  • $9,400 for arts programming through a partnership with the Creative Alliance and for an Open Minds Art Club at the Southeast Anchor and Patterson Park branches
  • $2,100 for annual software updates for up to 6 branch AWE early literacy stations
  • $10,000 for the transportation fund that provides busing for children and teens to and from the Library for author visits, special events and programs, a key component of outreach and access to our services
  • $6,000 for our Wide Angle Media partnership project, where youth learn, create, and show photography
  • $10,000 for diversity in Children and Teen Collections – to purchase materials that give more of Baltimore’s children the opportunity to see themselves in books
  • $5,000 for PRATTCON 2017, the Pratt’s annual pop culture convention
  • Lastly, $50,000 was approved for our third capital installment of our multi-year gift to support the renovations to the Central Library/State Library Resource Center, which will begin this fall. The Contemporaries will name the Teen Reading & Resource Room with this generous grant.

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FISCAL YEAR 2015

  •  $5,000 to bring local and nationally renowned authors and illustrators to the Central Library and various Pratt branches for school-aged children.

 

  • $6,500 for First Card Materials encouraging Baltimore City school children to sign up for their first Library card – all new registrants will receive a Library tote bag loaded with goodies to use as they begin a lifetime of Library visits.
  • $3,500 for the Pratt’s Book Buggy, the mobile Library that visits WIC (Women, Infants and Children) clinics in the vulnerable districts of Baltimore where there is no library nearby.
  • $3,000 for Librarian-led Branch Programming, including materials needed to run innovative programs, including arts and crafts supplies.
  • $5,000 for all branches of the Pratt Library to participate in a national STEM Festival in Baltimore in November.  Funds will support programming in every branch.
  • $9,400 for arts programming through a partnership with the Creative Alliance and for an Open Minds Art Club at the Southeast Anchor and Patterson Park branch.
  • $10,000 for the transportation fund that provides busing for children and teens to and from the library for author visits, special events and programs, a key component of outreach and access to our services.   $5,000 for our Wide Angle Media partnership project, where youth learn, create and show photography. Funding will support training on the role of iPads in photography to expand skills.
  • $5,000 for Diversity in Children and Teen Collections – this provides funding to purchase materials that give more of Baltimore’s children the opportunity to see themselves in books.
  • Lastly, $50,000 was approved for our second capital installment of our multi-year gift to support the renovations to the Central Library/State Library Resource Center, which will begin this Fall.  The Contemporaries will name the Teen Reading & Resource Room with this generous grant.

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Impact of the Pratt Contemporaries' mission.
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.