January 28, 2022

Baltimore: “Pratt Library Gets Grant After Staying Open Despite Riots”

From CBS Baltimore:

Throughout the riots and looting that overtook our city during the Freddie Gray protests, several businesses stayed open despite the danger. The PNC Foundation is now recognizing one of those businesses located in the hardest hit area.

The PNC Foundation isn’t the only one to recognize the library as a beacon of hope. Students from out of state sent letters to show their support.


“We saw the library continued to operate through everything that was going on; it really impounded to us what a community anchor it is,” said PNC Bank Regional President Laura Gamble.


“Essential that the library be open for the community right after the riots and during the time of the unrest because people came in to apply for jobs and they came in for safety,” said Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden.

The PNC Foundation honored the library with a $25,000 grant.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.