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February 2017

A Reading of Love Poems-Snow Date

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Former Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair returns to Patten Free Library for a reading of love poems in celebration of the month of Valentines Day. The poems will include his relationship with a rescue dog, the misadventures of his honeymoon, and his attraction to the British woman on his GPS. The reading will be followed by refreshments and a book signing.

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March 2017

Library Ukulele Group

March 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Do you play the ukulele or want to learn?  Lou Knost (MHS Class of 2019), a Teen Library Council member, is looking for music lovers of all ages who would like to be part of a group that gathers to learn, play, and sing. No experience necessary.  Bring your ukulele if you have one.  We’ll meet in Children’s Storytime Room (the room with the little red boat). Don’t have an instrument?  Don’t worry! We’ll have some extras on hand for…

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Red Carpet Revival: “Rocky”

March 3 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Rocky Balboa, a club fighter seemingly going nowhere, gets his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go the distance and come out a winner when fate puts him in the ring with the world heavyweight champion. Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, with Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith. Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.

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John Patten Society Event

March 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This special event is by invitation only. Attendees will watch a special interview with Dahlov Ipcar and listen to Peter Fogg, of Fogg Art Restoration, discuss the details of his work to restore our original Ipcar murals. To learn more contact our Development Office.  

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How to Use the New Cloud Library to Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks

March 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Weekly on the same day until March 14, 2017

As of March 1, Patten Free Library and its partner libraries are switching over to a new platform for borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks.  The platform, called Cloud Library, is very user-friendly; all are welcome to attend one of two introductory sessions we will offer on how to use it.  The process for browsing and borrowing is similar for tablets, iPhones, and personal computers; we’ll demonstrate the process on an iPad.  If you want to test the process yourself, remember to…

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Red Carpet Revival: “Ordinary People”

March 10 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton, and Elizabeth McGovern. Based on the novel by Judith Guest.  Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Redford), and Best Supporting Actor (Hutton). The “ordinary” existence of an upper middle class family is shattered by the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.

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Make Shift Coffee House

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

How do I know what to believe? Is all news created equal? What’s fake and what isn’t? In an era of alternative facts, questionable science, and biased reporting, how do I know what to believe? When anyone can broadcast to everyone, who should I listen to? Is news not sacred anymore? And what about my own biases? How do my core beliefs influence what news I trust? How does my own political identity filter what others call facts? At this…

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How to Use the New Cloud Library to Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks

March 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

As of March 1, Patten Free Library and its partner libraries are switching over to a new platform for borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks.  The platform, called Cloud Library, is very user-friendly; all are welcome to attend one of two introductory sessions we will offer on how to use it.  The process for browsing and borrowing is similar for tablets, iPhones, and personal computers; we’ll demonstrate the process on an iPad.  If you want to test the process yourself, remember to…

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Richard Russo

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo comes to Patten Free Library for an author chat and book signing of “Everybody’s Fool,” available in paperback on January 24. Russo is the author of eight novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries. He lives in Camden and Portland.  The Mustard Seed Bookstore will handle sales.

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April 2017

Primo Cubano! in Concert

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In celebration of National Library Week, Primo Cubano returns to PFL for a free concert at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11. Portland-based Primo Cubano is a five-piece band playing traditional Cuban music. Its members are: Paul D’Alessio on lead guitar, Marc Chillemi on trumpet, Lenny Hatch on congas, Duane Edwards on bass fiddle, and Eric Winter, vocals and maracas. Last year, the standing-room only crowd was dancing in the aisles! You won’t want to miss this one!

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