Giving Opportunities

This year our goal is to inspire more readers of all ages. Can you help us do that by making your year-end gift today? It is our vision is to promote lifelong learning, literacy, and the love of reading for all. You help us keep our vision alive each time you donate to the Annual Fund. 

The Patten Free Library is more than just books, and its impact on the community exceeds its four walls. Our staff can be found at Morse High School participating in the Tsugaru Sister Exchange program or coordinating a Slam Poetry Workshop and a Slam Poetry event at the Chocolate Church. They are at the district schools helping with summer school programs, encouraging student volunteerism, and talking to classes about how to use the Library. A group of Chewonki students were here in September learning where to locate materials and how to use them. I like to think we are sending them off on a lifetime of learning and adventure.

What is inside the building is important, too. Stop by for a visit and you may see a story time for babies in the Children’s Room, a genealogical workshop in the History Room, an art show in the Community Room, or a gathering of teens playing Magic the Gathering in the Reference Area. There is always something happening at the Patten Free Library. If you’re a music lover you can attend the several free concerts throughout the year, including local favorite Pan Fried Steel, whose steel drum Caribbean rhythms get the crowds up and dancing every time.

What would be a library without an author talk? Melissa Sweet came to the Children’s Room to talk about her new book on E.B. White. Richard Russo packed the Library’s Reading Room as he talked about how Maine has inspired him and read from his latest book, Everybody’s Fool. Maine’s Poet Laureate Wes McNair delighted attendees as he read from his latest collection of poems, “The Unfastening.”

McNair recently expressed his love for the Patten Free Library in the Times Record. “One of my favorite libraries…It’s a wonderful place, not just because of its physical beauty, but because of the people who work there, and how much they care about the place, and also because of the community it draws. I’m always interested in people I meet at that library. It’s a place, but it’s a community as well. That appeals to me.” I agree and I hope you do, too.

Your support truly makes a difference. I am asking you to join me in making a commitment to the success of the Library and our community. The Patten Free Library is a community center and gathering place that creates opportunities and the stewards of our community’s collective memory. Together we can be a part of the Library’s mission to transform lives, inspire lifelong learning, preserve local history, and build community through joyful, creative exploration and dialogue.

Join us in our mission by donating today. A more knowledgeable community benefits us all. Give today and inspire the future.


Stephen August, Board President


Major Benefactor – $1000+
Benefactor – $500 – $999
Sponsor – $250 – $499
Sustainer – $100 – $249
Contributor – up to $99

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News & Updates

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