JPS Event

Bath Customs House with Nathan Lipfert

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 Walk 2022

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.

Teen Library Council

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.

PAWS for Reading

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!

2021 Writing Contest Winners

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


Adult Fiction

First Place: The Essence of True Love by Larry Bartlett

No second place


Adult Memoir

First Place: The Poet’s Well by James M. Wright

Second Place: Maine by Susan Landry

Vote for the Chickadee Awards!

Are you ready to vote for your favorite Children’s picture book this year? The Chickadee Award: A Maine Children’s Choice Picture Book Project is a picture book award program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. This award is in its seventeenth year, and is given annually to one of ten picture books nominated by a committee of teachers, librarians, and early literacy professionals, with the winner chosen by Maine school children. The purpose of this award is to encourage children to develop an appreciation for excellence in writing and illustration that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The Maine Association of School Libraries is providing financial support for this project, and Patten Free Library is thrilled to partner with this program.
Chickadee Ballots can be turned in any time between February 1 and March 31.
Find 2021-2022 Chickadee Award Nominees on Cloud Library
For more information about the award click here.
Pickup the 2021-2022 Chickadee Ballot in the Children’s Room or download it here.

AARP Tax-Aide Program

Need tax help? The AARP Tax Aide Program is free, confidential, and focused on people age 50 and over with low and moderate income. Sessions will be run by volunteers and will take place at the Patten Free Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 8, and at the Bath Senior Center on Saturdays beginning February 5.
To make an appointment call 207-406-1556 Mondays between 1-4 p.m. or Wednesdays between 3-6 p.m.
If the line is busy, hang up, wait a few minutes, and try again. Keep trying until you get through. The phone line will be OFF except during the dates and times listed, and we cannot respond to calls or voicemails outside these hours.
Check back here soon for more information, including additional times when the phone line will be open.

Beanstack Challenge: Read for a Better World

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!

Spooky Staff Recommendations

We love spooky reads at the Patten Free Library! Here are some of our favorites, all of which are available at the Patten Free Library or through Minerva:

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

“Great spooky campus murder thriller with a English professor, an extreme feminist serial killer.”

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The Tailypo told by Joanna Galdone and illustrated by Paul Galdone

“An old ghost story that’s still really scary!”

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

“Excellent, with a library setting!”

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

“I couldn’t put this one down, and I didn’t want to.”

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

“Only for people who enjoy the combination of vampires and feeling really gross about everything in the world, ever.”

Wytches by Scott Snyder

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming

Cold Earth by Sarah Moss

“Gripping and eerie. “

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

” Strange and luminous and entrancing- it’s easy to see why this collection has been so acclaimed. “

The Shining by Stephen King

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

” What starts off as a grown up version of Scooby Doo goes somewhere even deeper and more exciting- clever and scary and lots of fun.”

At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

” Part mystery, part homage to noir and horror films, part multimedia case file, and all well written, edge of your seat excitement, full of twists and turns. You’d better pay close attention! “

Book Review: Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

In 1902, two girls at the Brookhants School for Girls founded the Plain Bad Heroine Society in honor of their favorite writer; the scandalous Mary McLane.  Not long after they meet a gruesome death and Mary McLane’s book is banned, but students continue to die, and Mary McLane’s book seems to have something to do with it.

One hundred years later a bestselling book about the school inspires a horror movie adaptation, which will be filmed on the grounds of what remains of Brookhants.  As the author of the book and the two stars are thrust together strange things keep happening all around them.  Is Hollywood exploiting them, or is there something even more sinister going on?

It’s impossible to describe how delightful and yet totally creepy this book is without giving any more away.  It’s a queer, entertaining romp with a gothic flair and some genuinely scary moments, full of twists and turns, genre call backs and black and white illustrations.  This book is 623 pages but will make you wish there were 623 more to go!

News & Updates

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