Congratulations to this year’s Writing Contest winners! This year there were more than 50 entries in every category, and we welcomed creative non-fiction submissions for the first time ever. Judges, who included Patten Free Library Staff, the PFL Teen Library Council, and community members, were excited about the caliber of pieces submitted this year. With support from the Friends of the Patten Free Library.
Click the title below to read the winning pieces.
First Place: Me by Franny DeGeer
Second Place: Peaks Island Vignette by Harper Nelson
First Place: Nightmare in Disguise by Rory Leeman
Second Place: The Excavator by Ivey Strickland
First Place: Writing to Remember by Zoë Brush
Second Place: A Perturbed Portrait by Grace Tetreault
First Place: The Snow on Her Lips by Aurora Guzzetti
Second Place: Anne’s Final Day by Naomi Fidler
First Place: Dear Jennifer by Jennifer Tinker
Second Place: The Forgotten Voice by Ellen A Endter
First Place TIE: Birds that Sing in the Dark by Arwyn Sherman
First Place TIE: The Hunt by James M. Wright
November 5, 2pm to 4pm at Patten Free Library.
This special event is reserved for our John Patten Society members, Board of Trustees, and Major Benefactor donors.
Poetry Month may be over, but you can still view the Poetry Walk virtually.
With support from Mid Coast Hospital and Now You’re Cooking.
Let your voice be heard and help shape the future of Teen programming as we plan Library events, make friends, and enjoy our beautiful Teen Space. Grades 8-12. Meets the first Friday of every month at 4 p.m.
Sign up to read with Finnegan the therapy dog! 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10-12 for ages 5-12. Please call the Children’s Room at 207-443-5141 extension 1016 to schedule your time to read!
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Patten Free Libraries 8th Annual Writing Contest. This year there were more than 40 entries in all but one category, and we welcomed adult submissions for the first time ever. Judges included Patten Free Library Staff and members of the Teen Library Council. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who entered!
Read the winning entries here.
7-9 Grade Memoir
First Place: Chewonki Saltwater Canoe Trip by Huckleberry Huber-Rees
Second Place TIE: A Trip Down the Sheepscot River by Noah Arbuckle
Second Place TIE: Seaglass by Sinead Bowdish
7-9 Grade Short Fiction
First Place: How To Romanticize the Cruel and Unholy by Aurora Guzzetti
Second Place: Forgetting by Acadia Guiliani
10-12 Grade Short Fiction
First Place: An Onyx Sandstorm by Emma Beauregard
Second Place: The Tall Man by Beau Haddad
First Place: The Essence of True Love by Larry Bartlett
No second place
First Place: The Poet’s Well by James M. Wright
Second Place: Maine by Susan Landry
From January 1 to January 31, the state of Maine is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. “Read for a Better World” encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. Our community has unlimited access to Lerner’s “Read for a Better World” themed books for the month of January through the challenge activities!
We challenge our patrons to read at least 240 minutes during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site as well as complete the activities.
Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation are encouraging their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Top-performing libraries and schools will earn prizes from Lerner Publishing Group, including book collections, signed books, and virtual author visits. Happy reading, Maine!