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!


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