Last week, Good Morning America, a national morning show, highlighted the 10 finalists for Reader’s Digest’s annual Nicest Places in America contest. Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library was on the list. Like many modern libraries, the Enoch Pratt Free Library provides more than books and story time. With twenty-seven branches throughout Baltimore’s many neighborhoods, the library serves as a community center offering tutoring and family programs. However, the Enoch Pratt Free Library reaches further by serving the needs that are being missed in the community. A full-time social worker is at the library to help or assist anyone, and more recently a lawyer has been added to the staff.
Despite the large number of branches, the Enoch Pratt Free Library wants to reach those who cannot make it to the library. The Mobile Job Center brings a mobile librarian to neighborhoods with over 50% unemployment rate to help anyone create a resume, write a cover letter, apply to jobs and more. In addition, the bookmobile travels to schools and community centers to provide closer access to books.
The GMA feature below highlights the stories of how the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s services are creating change in Baltimore, one person and community at a time.