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!
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! “
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!