News & Updates

“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe in Concert

April 30, 2019

‘Ragtime’ Jack has been performing for more than 30 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well as songs from the “Great American songbook.” He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle. Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of […]

Harry Potter Escape Room: Return Engagement!

July 18, 2019

The Harry Potter Escape Room will be open again on Wednesday, July 31 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with us! Interested in trying it? Contact Roberta Jordan by email at rjordan@patten.lib.me.us.

Book Review: Inspector John Madden Series

July 12, 2019

Rennie Airth, born in South Africa but now a resident of Italy, began the Inspector John Madden series in 1999 with River of Darkness. The novel was inspired by his uncle, a soldier in World War I. The crime the Scotland Yard detective takes on is set in rural England in the postwar years. A […]

Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

July 4, 2019

If you like to get to know people by asking them about their favorite books, read this. Take it to the beach and devour it in an afternoon; revel in its tidy celebrations of the transformative power of love and the power of a good book. A.J. Fikry owns a struggling independent book store on […]

Bath Shakespeare Festival Presents “The Taming of the Shrew”

July 3, 2019

In Shakespeare’s comedy, the man-hating Kate meets her match in the macho, unpredictable Petruchio. Kate’s little sister Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but her father will not allow Bianca to marry until he has found a match for wild, shrewish Kate. The comedy erupts as Kate and Petruchio playfully and often literally wrestle for […]

Book Review: Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Explosion

June 28, 2019

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Explosion is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the tragedy of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant explosion in 1986 from the perspective of those who suffered the greatest. Author Svetlana Alexievich traveled around Russia in the regions close to Chernobyl and gathered the stories of those […]

Book Review: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

June 14, 2019

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep In the 1970s, in rural Alabama, an African-American preacher named Willie Maxwell was accused of murdering  several of his family members to collect insurance money. Thanks in part to his attorney, these allegations were never proven true, and Maxwell evaded justice […]

Book Review: Florida

June 6, 2019

Florida by Lauren Groff I picked up this book in the airport, thinking (mistakenly) that it was a book by another Florida author that I had heard about on NPR. What a happy accident! I was so taken by this collection of short stories by Lauren Groff. It has earned all kinds of awards and […]