Enoch Pratt Free Library presents a weekend full of reading and hands-on activities for children and their families!
The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage
Engaging and interactive activities for children and teens that will make you want to visit your library, the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Find your inner beast in Where The Wild Things Are and broaden your horizons with #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
Stage: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Rash Field
Friday, September 26
Jordan Goodman, a therapeutic drummer and educator, invites children and their families to participate in a round of invigorating drumming.
Kathy MacMillan, Little Hands & Big Hands: Children & Adults Signing Together
Author Kathy MacMillan presents storytelling by hand.
Jennifer Malone, At Your Service
Life’s full of perks as a Junior Concierge, until thirteen-year-old Chloe loses her royal guest.
Kevin Sherry, The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet
Author Kevin Sherry presents work from his new book with song, pictures and even puppets! He will teach you the goofy progress of book making, from thinking of story ideas to getting the book made.
Sarah Stewart Taylor & Katherine Roy, The Expeditioners & the Secret of King Triton's Lair
Kit, Zander, and M.K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous—and presumed dead—Explorer Alexander West.
After School Art: Bike Customization & Anime
Andy Dahl of Baltimore Bike and artist Matthew Woodle lead bike customizing and anime drawing, presented by the Creative Alliance! Bring your bicycle to decorate and modify or create your own anime characters.
Saturday, September 27
Padma Venkatraman, A Time to Dance & Nina Foxx, Catfish
Children’s authors Padma Venkatraman and Nina Fox present their newest works.
Author, poet, teacher and librarian Jacqueline Jules talks about her work including Never Say a Mean Word Again and the Freddie Ramos series.
Ben Hatke, Julia’s House
New York Times Best-Selling author Ben Hatke is super-awesome! Julia’s House is his first-ever picture book.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks: A Conversation
We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. This conversation features Jabari Asim, Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington; Lulu Delacre, How Far Do You Love Me?; and Shadra Strickland, Please, Louise; moderated by Deborah Taylor, Enoch Pratt Free Library Office of School & Student Services.
Poetry & Conversation with Willie Perdomo & R. A. Villanueva
Willie Perdomo, The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, and R. A. Villanueva, Reliquaria, discuss their work.
Dew More Baltimore Poetry
Dew More Baltimore is a community-based-organization dedicated to using art and community organizing as tools to increase community engagement in the greater Baltimore Community.
Sunday, September 28
Michael Muller & Mirabelle
Meet Mirabelle and Mr. Muller...an irresistible Boston terrier and her devoted owner. They discover the joy of the simple and the pleasure of the everyday...playing catch, chasing a butterfly, in a fresh, appealing new series of early reader board books for children, moderated by J. Wynn Rousuck.
Tony Pann, Everything is You
Local WBAL-TV meteorologist Tony Pann presents his first children’s book!
Claudia Gray, Steadfast: A Spellcaster Novel
New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s dazzling series about a teenage witch battling dark forces in a small town continues in Steadfast.
Anthony is an award winning actor whose most recent supporting role as Young Frederick Douglass in the PBS Docuseries “The American Experience: The Abolitionist” has garnered him raves reviews. Hobbs performs a dramatic reading of Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields' book Miguel's Amazing Book Aventure, followed by a Q&A.
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