MPT Strengthens Communities with Family and Community Learning Workshops
[EXTERIOR OF A NEIGHBORHOOD BRANCH OF THE ENOCH PRATT FREE. A SIGN ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING SHOWING SEVERAL PEOPLE DANCING AND PLAYING INSTRUMENTS READS “FREE TO BMORE”. OTHER EXTERIOR SHOTS OF THE LIBRARY, INCLUDING VERTICAL ENOCH PRATT BANNERS AND THE FACADE OF THE BRANCH, A ONE-STORY RED BRICK AND GLASS BUILDING.]
In the 21st century in Baltimore the library is of course about books and media but it’s so much more than that.
[SHOT OF HEATHER YOST HELPING CHILDREN AND PARENTS WITH ART ACTIVITIES. A POSTER ON THE WALL WITH THE MPT AND PBS KIDS LOGO ON IT READS “FAMILY & COMMUNITY LEARNING”.]
As media mentors MPT strengthens us in that regard.
[CORNELIA BECKETT SPEAKS TO CAMERA IN FRONT OF STACKS OF BOOKS. HER TITLE “PROGRAM SPECIALIST, ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY” APPEARS NEXT TO HER.]
In the library we’re experts at readers' advisory- we can point you towards books.
[AN MPT SPECIALIST SITS A TABLE FULL OF OF PRINTED MATERIALS- INCLUDING SOME BASED ON THE PBS SHOW MOLLY DENALI- AND SHOWS CORNELIA BECKETT HOW TO USE THEM.]
MPT can say we have this fabulous app, it's educational, it's vetted, in fact why don’t we explore it now together?
[HEATHER YOST SPEAKS TO CAMERA WHILE FUN ACTIVITIES OCCUR BEHIND HER. HER TITLE “EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM SPECIALIST, ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY” APPEARS NEXT TO HER.]
The MPT partnership with the Family and Community Learning Workshop through the Ready to Learn initiative has been a great partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
[CHILDREN WATCHING A PBS KIDS SHOW PROJECTED ON A LARGE SCREEN. LUNCH AND ACTIVITY BOOKS ARE IN FRONT OF THEM.]
[CHILDREN BEING SHOWN HOW TO USE AND USING INTERACTIVE COMPUTER TEACHING GAMES ON HAND-HELD PADS THAT ARE CONTAINED IN BRIGHT BLUE FOAM CASES WITH BIG HANDLES.]
We've had families come in to eat and play and learn and explore…
[A YOUNG BOY GOOFS FOR THE CAMERA WITH A PAIR OF PAPER TUBES TIED TOGETHER WITH YARN TO MAKE PLAY BINOCULARS.]
[PARENTS DEEPLY INVOLVED WITH READING STORIES AND MAKING ART WITH THEIR KIDS.]
We can tailor it to the strengths and needs of individual communities to even more closely foster that sense of parent/child learning.
Working with MPT has meant… the world to me.
[GROUP PLAY WITH PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND CORNELIA BECKETT HAVING FUN TOGETHER.]
It's built confidence in families working together.
[SCREEN WITH SOLID BLUE COLORED BACKGROUND. THE MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION LOGO COMES ON (THE LETTERS “MPT” WITH THE PBS EMBLEM OF TWO OVERLAPPING STYLIZED HEADS CONTAINED WITHIN A CIRCLE). THE PHRASES “BE CURIOUS”, “BE INSPIRED”, AND “BE SUPPORTIVE” APPEAR UNDER IT IN SEQUENCE.
It's meant that a really mutually beneficial partnership has been built among two really important Maryland cultural institutions.