Saturday, March 25, 2006

Side Trip to DC?

We've had a couple of questions from people who want to take side trips to D.C. or the D.C. area (~35 miles from Baltimore). We're gathering details, checking facts, mapping routes... and will post soon!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

How about a tour of the Pratt?

Cheryl provided a great overview of the Enoch Pratt Library . Doesn't that make you want to visit? Luckily, the Maryland Chapter of SLA has organized a tour.

Linda H e-mailed me the information that's also available in the personal planner:

Enoch Pratt Library Tour
Thurs June 15, 2006
9:45am to 12pm

Take a tour of the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library/State Library Resource Center. Participants will be introduced to the unusual role that Pratt plays as public library, state library agency, and as an accessible research level collection to serious library users. The tour will focus on departments that provide a unique role to customers from all age groups across Maryland and a "behind the scenes" look at the treasures one will find in the Pratt collections. In addition, the beautiful and important architectural appointments of the magnificent Central Building and the new Annex will be noted and discussed. The cost of the tour covers round trip bus transportation to and from the library. A continental breakfast will also be provided. Lunch not included. Bus starts boarding at 9:30 am at the Baltimore Convention Center, Pratt St entrance, departing at 9:45 am. To purchase tickets, complete a Tour registration form found on the Conference website.

Jeff Korman, Manager, Maryland Collection, Enoch Pratt Free Library
Wesley Williams, Chief, Central Library/State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Monday, March 20, 2006

Enoch Pratt Central Library

The central Enoch Pratt Free Library/State Library Resource Center, approximately 6 blocks north of the Convention Center in Baltimore, was built in 1932 and takes up the entire 400 block of Cathedral Street from Mulberry to Franklin. Coming into the grand, 3-story central hall from the main entrance, you should see a couple of smiling faces at the General Information desk in the center of the hall. They will be able to direct you to the area of your interest: poetry; Marylandia; military history; or the goldfish pond in the Children's Dept (to name a few).
If you ask nicely, you might be able to get a tour of the stacks. There are real treasures in this building that hardly anyone gets to see. You might have heard about the lock of Poe's hair, but did you know that we have the original contest-winning poem submitted by Tupac Shakur?
"Hey citizens of Baltimore the Enoch Pratt Library/ is an open door to life and pleasures of all kind/ for people of our world to develop our minds."
Don't hold your breath about seeing it, though. I've been here over 6 years and still haven't seen it in person!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Looking for Lunch?

Greg Gershman, the Blogdigger guy, recommends this list to find places to each lunch and people who will meet you there to eat. Not all of these are downtown, so take a peek at the map.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Baltimore Trivia: Who is this guy and where can you see him?

This is kind of a mean looking picture of the guy who's normally pretty friendly. He's on the side of a building in Baltimore and still on the label of the product.

If you think you know who he is (and you're not a member of the SLA-Maryland chapter) leave a note in the comments section!

I'll reveal who he is in a couple of weeks if no one knows.

Update: Photo courtesy of a local newspaper site. I'm not going to give it away, though ;)

Update: Natty Boh is indeed correct! For those of you all not from around here, that means National Bohemian beer. Although no longer brewed in Baltimore it is a symbol of the city. This guy sits on Brewers Hill on top of the 11-story Natty Boh Tower.

For more see: JOHN WOESTENDIEK (2006, March 11). With a wink, Mr. Boh selling more than beer :[FINAL Edition]. The Sun, p. 1A. Retrieved April 10, 2006, from The Sun, Baltimore (Special) database. (Document ID: 1001590131). (free preview, or get from a Maryland library)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Club Scene and more


Since there seems to be some interest in this topic, I came across this site that looks pretty informative.

I haven't been to any of these except the Brewers Art, which has a wonderful restaurant in addition to their bar. I must say there's much more to the Baltimore scene than I realized!

I found this in the Live! Section of the Baltimore Sun. You can find that section under the Arts/Life tab at the top of the home page. It's published every Thursday, so check it out right before the conference as well.

Have fun, all you bar-hoppers!

Susan Fingerman

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Announcing the SLA2006 Blogger's Meet-up

Catherine writes to tell me that there will be a blogger meet-up this year at SLA. It will be at Edgar's Billiards Club & Restaurant ( on the skywalk at Pratt & Light Streets. From Catherine's post on the SLA-IT Blogger's Section Blog

The Blogging Section invites all bloggers and those interested in blogging to join us for a get-together at the Annual Conference in Baltimore. On Monday, June 12th, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, we will meet at Edgar's Billiards Club & Restaurant ( on the outdoor patio. Look for the sign "SLA Bloggers Get-Together". Restaurant and bar service will be available for you to order refreshments (each pay his/her own). A pool table will be reserved inside for us.

Edgar's offers 10% off the tab for conventioneers so don't forget to bring your conference badge with you. The club is conveniently located between the Baltimore Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency on the Baltimore Inner Harbor Skywalk, above Pratt and Light streets.

So, come relax, practice your eight-ball and talk about blogging with us!
It's been marked on the Wayfaring map.
Updated to correct typos, add links, and give credit...