Baltimore— The Enoch Pratt Free Library will provide resources and educational support for students as many return to classes virtually. The Library is currently lending hotspots and tablets to help bridge the digital divide for households that don’t have Internet or require more connectivity. Students and parents can access free live online tutoring services through the Library’s Help Now service. The Pratt has also purchased several online databases to support all levels of education from early literacy through high school and college.
“I know the challenges of virtual learning firsthand with my own two children,” said Pratt Library President and CEO Heidi Daniel. “Thanks to the generosity of our private donors the Pratt is able to provide additional support to help with connectivity issues, and to assist the work going on in virtual classrooms.”
All services are free to students and parents with a Pratt Library card. Those without library cards can sign up for a Pratt eCard at prattlibrary.org. Storytimes, book clubs, author talks and programs for all ages are now available on the Pratt social media platforms. The Pratt is also providing Live Chat with a Librarian for students who need research or reference assistance. Fourteen Pratt locations have Sidewalk Service, a contact-free way to pick up books, audiobooks, DVDS, and other materials. Free Drive-In Wi-Fi is available at 8 library locations.
More information on student resources can be found at prattlibrary.org.