Community Puzzle

Take a blank puzzle piece home starting Oct 15 and return it by Nov 30. Use the piece as a blank canvas to share something you love about your community; be it your town, your state, your family, or the place or activity that makes you feel most at home.  Use whatever media you prefer: paint, draw, collage, 3-D mixed media- as long as it fits on your puzzle piece anything goes! Please be sure to fill out the nametag on the back of the puzzle piece.

The complete puzzle will be on display in December at the Patten Free Library.

Open to all ages.  Family and other collaborations welcome.

Photo credit: Central Arkansas Library System

Zombie Doll Creation Event

Friday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m.

The perfect ghoulish occasion to kick start your Halloween!  Be prepared to resurrect a ghoulish zombie doll into your very own creation! All ages are welcome but children 8 -12 will enjoy it the most.

Pre-registration is required.  Use the button below or call 207-443-5141 extension 16.

Register for This Event

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Fall-o-Ween Festival

Sunday, October 24 from 3-5 p.m.

Join Patten Free Library and the Teen Library Council for an afternoon of spooky fun!  Music, candy, games and more!  Bring your previously decorated or carved pumpkin and win a prize.  Costumes encouraged!  For grades 7-12.

2021 Annual Writing Contest

1st prize and 2nd prizes will be named in each of six categories:


Grades 7-9:    Short Fiction and Memoir

Grades 10-12:  Short Fiction and Memoir

NEW! Adult:  Short Fiction and Memoir


Entries will be judged by a panel of library staff, trustees, local teachers, and Teen Library Council members.  First ($100) and second prize ($50) gift certificates will be awarded in each category. Winners will be honored at a reception in January 2022; winning entries will be published on the Library website.


Entries accepted September 7 through December 3, 2021.



  • One submission limit per author per category; no co-authors.
  • Teen entrants must be in grades 7-12, live in the library service area; or attend an R.S.U. 1 school, Chop Point School, Hyde School, or Chewonki Middle School.
  • Adult entrants must be 18 years or older and live in the library service area (Arrowsic, Georgetown, Bath, West Bath, or Woolwich) or hold a valid Patten Free Library card. Library staff are not eligible for consideration.
  • Previously published work will not be accepted.
  • Entries may be up to 3000 words.
  • Include a header on each page with title, category, and page number.
  • Submissions will be judged blind. DO NOT include writer’s name anywhere on the submission itself.
  • No “fan fiction,” please.


All submissions must include the following information in a cover page (print) or in the email body (electronic):

  • Writer’s name, address, email, and telephone number
  • Title, word count, and category (short fiction or memoir)
  • Age: either Adult, or grade and school name, or note as homeschooled


E-mail submission:

  • Include the above information in the body of the email and submit your work(s) as an attachment. Acceptable formats include Word, .rtf or .pdf.
  • Email to Hannah Lackoff at
  • Put “PFL Writing Contest Submission” in the subject line

Print submission:

  • Include the above information on a cover sheet and deliver to the Information Desk, or
  • Mail to:

Teen Writing Contest c/o Patten Free Library

33 Summer Street

Bath, ME 04530


Questions?  Call or email Hannah Lackoff

207-443-5141, ext 21

New Fall Hours

Library Building Hours
Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
History Room Hours
Monday-Thursday: 12 – 4 p.m.
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 12 – 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
The outdoor bookdrops will be closed during library open hours.

Bath Book Bash

A family friendly book festival and celebration of children’s literature featuring author panels, workshops, and more.  More information (including author lineup) visit or on social media @bathbookbash.

Virtual Information Services

There’s a lot you can do with your library card from the comfort of your home. The list below tells you all you need to know about using the library’s digital resources, how to contact us, and provides recommended links for your education, entertainment, or amusement.


Need WiFi? You can access ours from your car in our parking lot, or from the Library’s back terrace. 

Worried about overdue books?   Don’t be! Our book drops are open 24/7, and we are accepting materials from other libraries. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours.

Need a library card?  If you live in our service area, click here and fill out a request form.  We will mail you a card. 


Who to Contact

General inquiries? Email Lesley Dolinger at

Questions about your account?  Email

General reference questions?   Email

Ideas and resources to support distance learning for your Pre-K through 5 children?  Email Katy Dodge at  She’s compiled a huge list of links and on-line resources. Click here to access her recommendations.


Links and Resources

  • Download eBooks and audiobooks with Cloud Library.  Click here for a good video tutorial on how to get started.
  • Stream movies on Kanopy from a catalog of more than 20,000 titles that are both entertaining and educational. Library card required.
  • Download magazines with RBDigital Magazines. Log in with your PFL library card number to create an account.
  • Access the New York Times through our website for free. 
  • Access the Digital Maine Library. (This is where you can find Chilton, and other on-line resources such as Culinary Arts, Hobbies and Crafts, and some popular magazines).
  • Stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram. 
  • Open Library. Borrow and download books on your computer or tablet. Its parent site, the Internet Archive, is also an amazing resource.
  • Biblioboard. Collections of e-books, classics from world literature, items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics.
  • Digital Learn. Free online courses covering topics from email to creating resumes to using Microsoft Word.
  • Scholastic’s Learn at Home
  • Maine Memory Network  A project of the Maine Historical Society, provides access to thousands of historical items belonging to over 260 organizations from across Maine.
  • Niche Academy  Niche Academy is an award winning online learning platform that includes quick video tutorials for many of the resources you’ll find in the Digital Maine Library. Plus tutorials on Facebook, Gmail, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter.



Share Your Story

Every day, people of all ages and backgrounds turn to the Patten Free Library to find jobs or go online, to get help with homework or complex research projects, to start on a business plan, connect with their kids or simply find a space to relax. For every person who visits our library, there is a story. We want to collect and share those stories. Is the library important to you? Do you have a story to tell? Share it here.


Thanks to the support of the City of Bath, Patten Free Library is open on Mondays from 12pm to 8pm. Now every week you have more opportunities to take advantage of all we have to offer.

Manomet Announces Teen Environmental Poster Contest Winners

In May, the Teen Library Council partnered with the Brunswick-based organization Manomet to launch an environmental poster contest centered on the theme “Earth Day, Everyday.”  RSU 1 students in grades seven through twelve were given the opportunity to create and submit posters with a message focusing on practices and innovations that promote sustainability.   Manomet awarded cash prizes for the winning entries, which were announced in June on the last day of school.

From over thirty entries, judges at Manomet recognized the following posters and artists:

Finalists (Grades 7-9)

1st place:  Isabel Strelneck, Bath  (“Skip the Turnpike, Take Your Bike”)

2nd place: Iris Hennin, Woolwich  (“Stop Food Waste”)

3rd place (tie): Delaney Pascuzzo, West Bath  (“Buy Local”)

3rd place (tie): Nola Vallade and Zoe Brush, Georgetown  (“Join the Fight Against Plastic Waste”)

4th place:  Emily Tetzlaff, Bath  (“Earth Day Everyday”)


Finalists (Grades 10-12)

1st place:  Emily Adams, Bath  (“Protect Your Skin”)


Honorable mention for content and message:

Kerlin De Jesus, Bath

Miranda Burpee, Phippsburg

Aiden Shields, Bath


Honorable mention for artistic quality:

Wren Tetreault, Bath

Audrey Crews, West Bath

Isabel Strelneck, Bath


To see images of the finalists’ posters, click here.

News & Updates

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