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 […]

Summer Film Festival Starts June 11

May 21, 2019

Our 10th annual summer film festival has a pirate theme and begins on Tuesday, June 11 with a screening of Treasure Island (1934). Curt Dale Clark, Artistic Director for Maine State Music Theatre, and co-author of “Treasure Island: A Musical Adventure,” will be the special guest. Doors open at 6:00pm; show time is 6:30pm. Admission […]

The Two Sides of Robert Louis Stevenson with David Ingmundson

In 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson published “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” a charming collection still read by and to children today. In 1886, he published “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a brilliant and frightening tale of Gothic horror that probes the darkest corners of human nature. How do we reconcile the two […]

Movie Review: Sorry to Bother You

May 17, 2019

Usually when I love a movie it’s because: the movie contains monsters; the movie makes me cry; the movie has robots in it; or the movie is called John Wick. Sometimes, though, I love a movie because it surprises me and confuses me and then I can’t stop thinking about it. Directed by Boots Riley, […]

Development News

May 16, 2019

The Patten Free Library offers our business supporters program sponsorship, display space, and even non-resident library cards. Learn more and see our current supporters. Thank you to our newest business supporter:

Book Review: The Acadian Kitchen

May 8, 2019

The Acadian Kitchen by Alain Bosse (The Kilted Chef) I lived in a suburb of Montreal when I was a kid. Unsurprisingly, one of the things I remember most vividly about my time there was the food. Poutine, smoked meat sandwiches, and chicken and rib franchises (I’m thinking about you, Swiss Chalet!) are what immediately […]

Book Review: The Dreamers

May 2, 2019

The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker  In a small California town, a college freshman complains of feeling sick, falls asleep… and doesn’t wake up. Soon, there are more cases like hers—otherwise healthy individuals suddenly overcome by fatigue they can’t shake. Once they are asleep, nothing can wake them from their slumber. Soon, the mysterious illness […]

Edible Book Contest and Festival for Grades 6 to 12

April 30, 2019

Do you like decorating cakes? Love books? You should enter our first ever Edible Book Competition. Our new middle school library group came up with the idea, and we can’t wait to see Here’s how it works: Pick a favorite book or book cover that will be the subject of your cake. On competition day, […]