Baltimore— The Enoch Pratt Free Library has launched the new Summer Break Baltimore program, which runs through September 4, 2021. The program is designed to support literacy and learning throughout the summer months. Participants of all ages will receive free Summer Break boxes with books and prizes monthly in June, July, and August while supplies last.
People can sign up at any of the 22 Pratt Library locations, which are currently operating at 50 percent capacity. Sign-up is also available at prattlibrary.org. Customers who participate digitally can have the prize boxes mailed to their homes in Baltimore City.
“We’re excited to start the summer giving away free books to families so that customers can build their home libraries,” said Pratt Library President & CEO Heidi Daniel. “We know how important it is for children to continue learning when they aren’t in school. Summer Break Baltimore helps bridge that divide.”
In addition to the prize boxes, participants will receive a Summer Break Baltimore scratch-off card. They can scratch it off as they complete activities, such as visiting the library, reading a book, using a computer, and more. They’ll fill out their contact information on the card and drop it off at the library to be entered into a weekly prize drawing. Prizes include memberships to local attractions like the National Aquarium and Maryland Zoo, tech devices like Beats headphones and tablets, and more.
Customers participating digitally can log their activities online and they’ll automatically be entered into the prize drawings. Free outdoor and virtual programs for all ages will be held throughout the summer. A free summer camp for teenagers will meet in-person with limited capacity at the Central Library starting at the end of June.
The Design Your Future Summer Camp will focus on career-readiness and include speakers from a number of different professions, including architecture, fashion, medicine and more.
For more information about Summer Break Baltimore, visit: prattlibrary.org/summer-break.