On Monday September 9, the library will have new hours. Thanks to the support of the City of Bath, the Patten Free Library will now be open on Mondays from 12pm to 8pm. Now every week you have more opportunities to take advantage all we have to offer.

To celebrate we have some great Monday programs. On September 9 join us for various Children’s Room activities, our Harry Potter Escape Room, a Town History Series event, and a viewing of the film “The Public.” You can learn more by visiting our calendar.

We hope to see you here!

“The Public” (2018)

“The Public” was directed and written by Emilio Estevez, who also stars in the film alongside an ensemble cast including Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its world premiere on September 9, 2018, at the Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released in the United States in April. After learning that emergency shelters are at full capacity when a brutal Midwestern cold front makes its way to Cincinnati, a large group of homeless library patrons led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams) refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy-style sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police, led by a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin) and a savvy district attorney (Christian Slater) with lofty political ambitions, all as two librarians (Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone) are caught in the middle. Show time is 6:30pm on Monday, September 9.

“The Mills of Winnegance” by John G. Morse

Town History Series — Greatest Hits

On September 9th, the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room begins an occasional series that will show notable Town History Talks of the past. This begins with a screening of the 2007 talk by John G. Morse IV on the tidal mills that connected Bath and Phippsburg in  Winnegance at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Patten Free Library. Since Morse’s family had been involved with these mills for generations, he is able to explain just how this ancient technology worked. John will be at the showing and be available for questions after the screening.

Summer Film Festival Runs through July 30

Doors open at 6:00pm; show time is 6:30pm Tuesday evenings. Admission is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided in the library’s climate-controlled community room. For the complete schedule visit or stop by the library to pick up a flyer. The series is sponsored by First Federal Savings, and is part of the library’s collaboration with Maine State Music Theatre.

A Night to Remember!

Over 70 attendees enjoyed an amazing concert with the DaPonte String Quartet on the night of Wednesday, December 12. To see the gallery of photos, click here.

Manomet Announces Teen Environmental Poster Contest Winners

In May, the Teen Library Council partnered with the Brunswick-based organization Manomet to launch an environmental poster contest centered on the theme “Earth Day, Everyday.”  RSU 1 students in grades seven through twelve were given the opportunity to create and submit posters with a message focusing on practices and innovations that promote sustainability.   Manomet awarded cash prizes for the winning entries, which were announced in June on the last day of school.

From over thirty entries, judges at Manomet recognized the following posters and artists:

Finalists (Grades 7-9)

1st place:  Isabel Strelneck, Bath  (“Skip the Turnpike, Take Your Bike”)

2nd place: Iris Hennin, Woolwich  (“Stop Food Waste”)

3rd place (tie): Delaney Pascuzzo, West Bath  (“Buy Local”)

3rd place (tie): Nola Vallade and Zoe Brush, Georgetown  (“Join the Fight Against Plastic Waste”)

4th place:  Emily Tetzlaff, Bath  (“Earth Day Everyday”)


Finalists (Grades 10-12)

1st place:  Emily Adams, Bath  (“Protect Your Skin”)


Honorable mention for content and message:

Kerlin De Jesus, Bath

Miranda Burpee, Phippsburg

Aiden Shields, Bath


Honorable mention for artistic quality:

Wren Tetreault, Bath

Audrey Crews, West Bath

Isabel Strelneck, Bath


To see images of the finalists’ posters, click here.

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