News & Events

Upcoming CHILDREN’S BOOK SALE – May 2nd to May 4th – details below:

Our next meeting will be Tuesday April 18th at 4 pm in the Upstairs Board Room. Any Friend of PFL is welcome.

Agenda items include:

Secretary’s report from last month’s meeting

Treasurer report

the library bookstore report – they are planning a 10th year celebration!

Children’s Book Sale plans for May 2-4, to coincide with National Children’s Book Week

Heritage Day Book Sale – much planning already done- come to hear more- we will need many volunteers for this annual event- electronic sign up for volunteers coming soon

Annual Meeting of the Friends for 2017 will be on Thursday October 12th at 6:30 pm with Guest Author Rinker Buck- all are welcome!

We are always looking for any NEW ideas!

Thanks and maybe SEE YOU THERE?





****Plans are already underway for the Friends’ 2017 activities to support the wonderful offerings of the Patten Free Library***

Our next meeting is Tuesday January 17th at 4 pm in the upstairs Board Room at the Library. We will discuss:

  • Children’s Book Sale planned for early May
  • the Heritage Days Book Sale planned for July 4th week
  • Support of the Children’s summer reading program
  • Update of the library bookstore  goings on
  • Recap of our recent Holiday Raffle 2016
  • Begin planning for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Friends
  • Always looking for ANY NEW IDEAS!

Thanks for being interested in the Friends and we all work together!




GOING FAST….. Buy your tickets now for a chance to win $400 valued Maine State Music Theater gift certificates which do not expire, OR 2 tickets to the performance of GUYS AND DOLLS!!! Purchase at Patten Free Library circulation desk or the library bookstore. 

Here are the details:




Come and get your tickets at the PFL Circulation Desk or the library bookstore.




Join us to hear about the accomplishments of the Friends of Patten Free Library, and what we do for the Patten Free Library!  Meet new interested folks!

Hear Guest Author Tilar J. Mazzeo speak about her newest book, IRENA’S CHILDREN – a True Story of Courage.After much research, Ms. Mazzeo shares about the risks Irena Sendler took to save the lives of 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.  Irena Sendler has been called ‘the female Schindler’.

Ms. Mazzeo is the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, and Hotel on the Place Vendome. She teaches at Colby College and lives part time in Portland, Maine. Her book will be sold at the event by Mustard Seed Bookstore.

All are welcome, refreshments served. See you there! And bring a friend!

Join us at our ANNUAL MEETING and hear Guest Author TILAR MAZZEO speak on her newest book! IRENA'S CHILDREN- A TALE OF COURAGE

Join us at our ANNUAL MEETING and hear Guest Author TILAR MAZZEO speak on her newest book! IRENA’S CHILDREN- A TALE OF COURAGE







The Friends of Patten Free Library are grateful to the community of volunteers and customers who made the Heritage Days Book Sale an outstanding success.  The profit from this year’s sale was just over $15,500, which will be donated to support the Patten Free Library’s programs.  We are also pleased to announce that we have secured space for book storage for the 2017 Heritage Days Book Sale.  Thank you one and all and we look forward to your support next year.

Heritage Days Book Sale 2016!

Heritage Days Book Sale 2016!




The 2016 Heritage Days Book Sale is coming!

Amazing number of books all organized in 30 categories. Something for all ages.

Our Largest Fundraiser of the year!


Friday July 1st  5 – 8 pm: Preview Sale =open to all members of the Friends, or those who sign up at the door. First pick of books!

Saturday July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd  9 am – 5 pm. Open to all!  Come with bags, to get all you need!

Monday July 4th  9 am – 2 pm. Donations accepted.

We will accept Credit Cards this year!


This event is the FRIENDS’ LARGEST FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR. This allows us to support the Patten Free Library’s many varied programs and opportunities for our community.

USS Peralta Crew helping at 2016 Heritage Days Book Sale (2)

Thanks to the USS Peralta Crew helping at 2016 Heritage Days Book Sale Set up!



Year after year, it is due to the many many volunteers which make this Heritage Days Book Sale successful. Please sign up at the Patten Free Library for any of the numerous opportunities for setting up, helping to arrange books, helping as cashier, and to help clean up at the finish.  You will find the sign up sheets on the Friends’ bulletin board, which is just down the hall from the main circulation desk.



Sign at PFL's back entrance (corner of Front & Summer Streets) generously donated by the Friends of Patten Free Library.

This sign was just installed at the corner of Summer & Front Streets. This leads to the back entrance to the Library.

The Friends of Patten Free Library generously donated the funds for the sign to benefit the community. No more wondering what that beautiful building is on the hill!



Scheduled for May 3rd -6th, come and join the Friends of Patten Free Library in the Children’s Room to find gently loved books to take home. No set prices and requesting donations only. Details in the flyer.

As much as you can carry


Children’s book sale 2016 flyer









Holiday Raffle 2015:  UPDATE: 2 lucky winners (Cindy & Mary) were pleased with their new opportunity to enjoy the 2016 season of Maine State Music Theater. 

WHO IS THE LUCKY WINNER? 2 Lucky Winners for the Friends' Holiday Raffle of Maine State Music Theater tickets and season pass gift certificates!

2 Lucky Winners for the Friends’ Holiday Raffle of Maine State Music Theater tickets and season pass gift certificates!

Wonderful opportunity to see professional musicals in the summer of 2016,  and we thank Maine State Music Theater for helping us on this annual fundraiser. 2 Prizes! 1st prize is 2 $200 Season ticket gift certificates (you choose when to see your shows). 2nd prize is 2 tickets to the first show of the 2016 season, GHOST, THE MUSICAL. Limited tickets only. Drawing on Dec 11th. Tickets available at Patten Free and the library bookstore. Don’t let the chance go by! You may be lucky on Dec 11th!

Friends Raffle Poster 2015




Annual Meeting of the Friends of Patten Free Library – October 5th 

After a brief business meeting, where we elected officers for the 2015-16 year, heard report from the library bookstore, and the Annual Treasurer’s report. Officers will be: President Julie Rice, Secretary Marcia August, Treasurer Liz McCurdy, and no Vice President at this time. We welcomed author Sigrid MacRae to speak of her book A World Elsewhere – An American Woman in Wartime Germany, published 2014. Ms. MacRae was an engaging speaker as she described how she came to sort out her Mother and Father’s lives for her book. She certainly loves to come back to her summer home in Georgetown as she has fond memories of her growing up in Woolwich and Brunswick. Mustard Seed Bookstore sold Sigrid’s book on site and sold out! More books can be purchased at Mustard Seed Bookstore on Front St in Bath.

This describes her book:

a-world-elsewhere-sigrid-macraeAfter her mother’s passing, Sigrid MacRae learns much more than she had previously known about her father, who died about 4 months before the author was born. Her mother, Aimee’ Ellis, had entrusted her daughter with a treasured box of letters which chronicled the love affair with Heinrich Alexis Nikolai von Hoyningen-Huene, a Baltic German baron, Ms. MacRae’s father. The author recounts her mother’s story, how they fell in love and lived during tense times in Europe. This couple settled on a farm near Berlin, to raise their family, but when the Russians were advancing in 1945, and the baron had died, her resilient mother abandons their farm and begins a desperate journey to save them all, and settles in Midcoast Maine in the end.

Ms. MacRae earned a BA in Art History from Barnard, continued to graduate studies and had a career in publishing. Eventually she became a full-time writer, particularly narrative non-fiction. She co-authored Alliance of Enemies, the Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II, and others. She resides in New York City, but visits her home in Midcoast Maine a few times a year.

For more details and reviews:




Thank you to all who volunteered or came to the BOOK SALE! It was a wonderful event with so many books going to new hands, and remaining books went to Salvation Army for more recycling! A Special THANK YOU to Event Chair Marcia August, who orchestrated this sale to be sure all could find what they wanted and the sale went along smoothly. 


VOLUNTEERS are the Backbone of this huge effort. It was not possible to put up photos of all, but here are a few of the scenes:

Volunteers Margaret and Richard

Volunteers Margaret and Richard

Annual Book Sale 2015

Annual Book Sale 2015

Annual Heritage Days Book Sale 2015

Annual Heritage Days Book Sale 2015

Volunteers Joyce and Jack

Volunteers Joyce and Jack

Volunteers donating books to Salvation Army

Volunteers donating books to Salvation Army

More Volunteers

More Volunteers






















The Friends of Patten Free Library sponsored Saturday May 30th so the Library can be open for all community patrons on that day. Our display at the front desk showcased a  sampling of our many activities-
the library bookstore, the Children’s Book Sale, the Heritage Days Book Sale, and our Annual Meeting with guest speaker Sigrid MacRae, author of  A WORLD ELSEWHERE,  AN AMERICAN WOMAN IN WARTIME GERMANY.



The Friends of  PFL’s  ANNUAL CHILDREN’s BOOK SALE in early May was a wonderful success. Many took home ‘new’ books and each day  new specials were featured, which were very appreciated by the shoppers.  A special thank you to both chairs of this fun event, Margaret Leitch-Copeland and Shelley Little. WOW! Their creativity and planning were the reason for the huge success! Revenue generated was $750 to benefit the Patten Free, and 913 books now have new homes and new readers. Underwriters for each day paid for the free books that were offered and we are very grateful to them!

Childrens book sale