Join Us for the Bath Book Bash!

We’re getting so excited about our first “in person” Bath Book Bash, which is scheduled for Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Library Park.
 
We’ve just launched the Book Bash website, so be sure to check it out. You can learn more about the 18 authors who will be in attendance, the great schedule of author panels and presentations, and the other activities and food that will be available to all.
 
Be sure to mark your calendars so you can spend the day celebrating children’s and young adult literature with us!

Camden/Bath Shakespeare Festival Returns to Library Park!

We’re so excited that the Camden/Bath Shakespeare Festival will once again be performing in Library Park, presenting the comedy Aquitania, from August 11 through 14. There will be one show per evening at 6 p.m.

In Aquitania, a librarian is transported to a strange country where she matches wits with a bowler-hatted villain. Magic cake and an ancient board game hold the secrets as our heroine adopts a new kind of logic to save the day. A trio of beautiful sirens add to the enchantment with a score of jazzy French songs.

“Aquitania works wonders!”
Los Angeles Times

Go to CamdenShakespeare.org for tickets or call 207-854-8882.

 

 

The History Room’s New Hours

The History Room is open! Visit us on the second floor of the library.

We are now open Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are closed on Fridays.

The History Room reference desk is staffed by Jill Piekut Roy and Jack Martin. We are so happy to welcome you back!

Read more about the History Room here.

Sign up for the History Room Email List to learn about upcoming programs and events via occasional emails.

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.

Essentials

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. 

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Who to Contact

General inquiries? Email Lesley Dolinger at pflweb@patten.lib.me.us.

Questions about your account?  Email circ@patten.lib.me.us

General reference questions?   Email pflreference@patten.lib.me.us

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

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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.

MONDAY HOURS

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.

Library Laser Tag!

On Saturday, January 25, the Teen Library Council is sponsoring a night of library laser tag.  This is your chance to shake off the post holiday blues!   Up to 20 people can play during each 20-minute slot, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $6 per person, or $10 for two people.

The event is open to students in grades six through twelve, faculty and staff members of  R.S.U. 1 schools, and MHS alums (up to age 20) who live in the library service area.  

On-line sign up will open on Friday, January 10. Sign up alone or in groups.

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