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Support Your Library

Consider Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities available at the Patten Free Library. Anyone interested can either volunteer through the Friends of the Patten Free Library, the library bookstore, or the volunteer system established at the Library.

Among the many opportunities available at the Library, volunteers are needed for shelf reading, delivering books to outreach patrons, assisting with children's programs, and more. If interested, print out the Volunteer Application form and return it to the Library.

Volunteer Application

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Ways of Giving

Annual Giving

Annual giving donations bridge the gap between municipal funding and the actual cost of operating the Library in order to sustain an updated collection, programming, and excellent library services. Solicitation begins in November of each year and continues until the close of the Library's fiscal year on June 30th. Naturally, donations will be graciously accepted any time during the year. All donations no matter the size are greatly appreciated

How to Give:

Mail: Click to print the Gift Donation Form.

Online: Click the Donate button below to make a one-time donation by credit or debit card through Paypal.

Click the Subscribe button below to set up a monthly donation by credit or debit card through Paypal.
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Securities: The library is prepared to accept gifts of securities. The tax advantages to such gifts make this a very attractive option. For assistance please contact Library Director Lesley Dolinger at lesley.dolinger@patten.lib.me.us or 207.443.5141 ext. 15. Patten Free Library is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Memorial and Honorary Gifts

Gifts that are made in memory of or in honor of loved ones or friends are a lasting tribute. Depending on the wishes of the family, there may be opportunities to designate additions to the collection, wish list items, or landscape enhancement in the name of an individual. If you are interested in exploring any of these possibilities, please contact Library Director Lesley Dolinger at lesley.dolinger@patten.lib.me.us or 207.443.5141 ext. 15.

How to Give:

Mail: Click to print the Tribute Gift Form

Online: Click the Donate button below to donate by credit or debit card through Paypal.

Patten Free Library is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Planned Giving

The generosity of earlier patrons established a sizable endowment fund for the library, allowing us to provide outstanding benefits to our community with minimal impact on taxpayers.

As our community grows, so do the demands on our endowment funds. We will need increased financial support to keep pace with changing technologies and to provide future growth in services. Learn how a gift to the Library's endowment fund can provide financial benefits to both you and your library.

Ways of Giving

There are numerous ways to support the library through planned giving. You can help with gifts such as:

· Cash
· Securities
· Gifts by Will
· Life Insurance Programs
· IRAs
· Real Property
· Charitable Remainder Trusts

For further information on these or other types of charitable giving contact Library Director Lesley Dolinger at lesley.dolinger@patten.lib.me.us or 207-443-5141 ext. 15 or pick up a Planned Giving brochure at the Library.


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The John Patten Society

Generosity has been the hallmark of Bath area citizens for generations. The John Patten Society is the latest embodiment of that spirit. Created by the Library's Board of Trustees in 2003, the John Patten Society honors individuals who have shown exemplary leadership by contributing to the Library's Endowment Fund. Gifts which qualify an individual for membership in the Patten Society include:

        • A donation of $5,000 or more
        • Designating Patten Free Library in a will
        • Including Patten Free Library in planned giving

Through such gifts or bequests, each Society member follows the visionary legacy of Capt. John Patten who, with his brother George, laid the groundwork for what is today's Patten Free Library. Twenty-seven thoughtful individuals or couples joined these distinguished gentlemen in sustaining the future of Patten Free Library by becoming Charter Members of the John Patten Society in 2004. As more people hear of the Society, the membership continues to grow.

The Patten Free Library invites you to join the John Patten Society. Please contact:

for a brochure and assistance.


John Patten Society Members

Susan Beegel
William & Louise Bellows
Crispin* & Nancy Connery
Daniel R. Donovan
Catherine Dupuis-Tait
Irene & Steve Gardner
Sally & Terry Gray
Mr. & Mrs. Spencer E. Gray, Jr.
Mary N. Guild*
Roger & Sukey Heard
Linda & Ted Hoch
Paul & Marnie Kalkstein
James M.* & Lavina S.* Kemp
Barbara R. King*
Jane & Herb* Kresser
Daniel & Susan Levey
Arthur & Martha Mayo
Beryl* & Ken* McPherson
David & Annie Miller
John H. & Jean L.* Morris
James A. Peavey
Suzette Perkins
Richard & Constance Porter
Joyce Pye
James L. Rice*
Edwin S. Rich
Charles* & Shirley Richelieu
James & Michelle Rines
Charles W.* & Bertha I.* Spear
Ken & Melissa Textor
Elena D. Vandervoort
Sandra & David Weiss
Andy & Katie Winglass
In Memory of Miriam Woodruff*

* Deceased


Join Friends of Patten Free Library

Who are the Friends of the Library?

Anyone can be a Friend! The Friends of Patten Free Library is an organization of volunteers whose purpose is to promote the resources and services of the Library, sponsor programs, and generate financial support. Membership is open to all adults, meetings are held monthly, and annual dues are minimal. The leadership is composed of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, elected on an annual basis in the fall for a term of one year.

Members of the Friends are responsible for producing the Annual Heritage Days Used Book Sale, staffing the library bookstore, and planning additional fund raising efforts, programs and social events throughout the year ~ all for the benefit of the Library.

Joining the Friends of PFL is a wonderful way to meet new people, work on enjoyable and worthwhile projects and support one of the jewels of our community. As a private, non-profit organization, Patten Free Library is always in need of additional funding. Helping in this endeavor provides the Friends with many rewarding experiences.

2012/13 Officers
President:    Edna White [ebwhite22@comcast.net]
Vice President:    Bronda Niese
Secretary: Julie Rice
Treasurer:    Liz McCurdy[ewm417@gmail.com]

How can you join the Friends?

Pick up a membership form at the Library or the library bookstore and return the completed form with your dues ($10 for individual, $15 for family) either by dropping it off or by mailing it to The Friends of PFL, 33 Summer St., Bath, ME 04530. Please check out the Friends bulletin board near the front desk for announcements.

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Last Updated October 2013